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Happy summertime, y’all! It is that time of year for long days at the pool, county fairs and lots of sunshine! One summer, my parents took us to the Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi. My father hails from Mississippi, and was an expert guide. This fair HUGE. Let’s just say you can smell the food from the parking areas!
I am soooooo excited to share with you my County Fair Style Fried Mac & Cheese Bites: Nacho, Gouda & Lobster! The Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites would be ideal for casual cocktails on Friday night and even New Year’s Eve! I serve them with an Alfredo dipping sauce but they are great all by themselves.
Nacho Fried Cheese Mac & Cheese Bites are full of nacho flavor but are not too spicy. I added crushed tortilla chips into the Panko breadcrumb mixture for an added a nacho crunch. For a side dipping sauce, I used the leftover commercial nacho cheese sauce and topped it with jalapeno peppers.
For those with a more discriminating taste, I suggest Smoke Gouda Fried Mac & Cheese Bites. These would pair nicely with a funnel cake dessert. 🙂 If you are like me and want to bang out those chicken and waffles, funnel cakes or churros for your friends and family, I suggest using LouAna Peanut Oil. You’ll have full flavor food every time you cook. Growing up in the south, I’m a little picky with my fried foods, and LouAna Peanut Oil always comes thru!
Here’s why: Peanut oil has a high smoke point, which creates a surface seal locking in the food’s natural moisture. It allows the steam to cook the food from the inside out.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother in her Calhoun County, Alabama kitchen. She was an outstanding southern cook, and made my favorite food ever at LEAST twice a week: fried okra. Yes, even as a 5 year old, I wanted fried okra! I could eat it night and day. Fast forward twenty years or so. As a newlywed, I wanted to recreate my favorite childhood dish for my new husband. Seriously, he needed to be introduced to this southern delicacy!
The first time I tried to make fried okra, it was an epic fail! Panicking, I immediately called Mymomma (her granny name!) to figure out how ALL of her fried foods turned out so well time and time again. Aside from sharing family recipes, she also told me this tip: use a quality cooking oil for frying and select one that adapts to high heat frying.
Like many other cooks, I turned to LouAna Oils and have used them ever since. For over 120 years, LouAna has been crafting the most trusted cooking oils in the country. With over 14 different types of cooking oils, I know I can always find the perfect oil no matter what I am cooking. I use it in baking, deep frying or sauteing. It is a staple in my pantry; it helps me put fabulous dishes on the table each and every day!
How To Make
County Fair Style Fried Mac & Cheese Bites: Nacho, Gouda & Lobster
In 1820, Lou Ana was born in Opelousas, Louisiana. Like many other southern towns, food is an elemental expression of love, flavor and family in Opelousas! Now, grab your oil and let’s make our county fair copycat food!
First, make sure you freeze the prepared mac & cheese. This is such a critical step in the recipe! If you try to bread and fry them when the mac & cheese is warm or at room temperature, the result will be a bite that is not tightly formed. It will literally fall apart after frying. So, freeze those bites first!
You guys. This is SO simple! Pull the pre-shaped frozen mac & cheese bites out of the freezer. Dip in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs. Next, dip them into 375 degree hot oil. Voila! You have just mastered County Fair Style Mac & Cheese Bites: Nacho, Gouda & Lobster!
If you want full flavor each time you cook, LouAna Oils are easy to find at major retailers; I purchased mine at Publix. Yes, I grabbed the LAST gallon of peanut oil! I wasn’t surprised; LouAna is the #1 Peanut Oil in the country!
LouAna is always the start of something good. Make your taste buds happy!
Oh, and make sure you fry your County Fair Style Mac & Cheese Bites: Nacho, Gouda & Lobster without craft sticks, straws, toothpicks, etc. Fry them all by themselves and add the decorative sticks once they are cooked and cooled.
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