Jan 7, 2011

Ideas for leftover macaroni and cheese

A couple of years ago, I asked for ideas on using up macaroni and cheese after the boys dissed the mac and cheese I made in the rice cooker. I got some terrific suggestions, but never followed up on them here, so I figured it's better late than never. Thanks to Maranda, Aalarie, Lisa, Camille, Hélène, Katy, Jennifer, Stacee, and the anonymous readers who shared these great ideas:

Fried macaroni and cheese - Refrigerate leftovers in a baking dish, then cut leftovers into squares (or scoop into balls), dredge in flour, egg and bread crumbs (I would recommend panko for extra crispiness), then fry until golden brown on all sides.

Chili mac and cheese - Combine leftover macaroni and cheese with some chili.

Faux hamburger helper - Combine leftover macaroni and cheese with ground beef or turkey. You can add some diced tomatoes, or sneak in other veggies.

No-bake chicken "casserole" - Stir diced chicken and steamed broccoli into the mac and cheese.

Ham casserole - Combine mac and cheese with some diced ham and your child's favorite vegetable, pour into a baking dish, top with breadcrumbs (or crumbled Ritz crackers), and bake until top is golden brown.

Mac and cheese pizza - CiCi's Pizza has a mac and cheese pizza on their menu.

"Confetti" mac and cheese - Shred your child's favorite vegetables and let her sprinkle them on top like confetti.

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