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macaroni and cheese as hors d'ouevre?

i'm throwing a goodbye party for a friend, and mac 'n cheese is her favorite food. it's more of a cocktail than dinner party, though. does anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare mac 'n cheese (or some variation of it) as an hors d'ouevre?

i did an internet search, but only found deep fried versions, and i don't have a deep fat fryer.

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  1. You wouldn't necessarily have to have a deep fat fryer to fry them. I prefer regular old mac n' cheese to the fried version, but I think fried would really wow people!

    I think it would also be really cute to use those Chinese soup spoons and bake the macaroni and cheese in those, with a crusty, cheesy top. (I don't know if you can use those in the oven or not, but I think it would be a fun presentation.)

    1. If you make the old-fashioned baked kind, add a couple extra eggs & be generous with the cheese, and it will bake up "firm"....you could then cut it into small triangles for serving as an hors d'oeuvre. Not finger food, but okay on a tiny plate with a cocktail fork. Bake it a couple of days it advance and it will firm up in the fridge.

      1. I once watched a show where they did little mac n cheese finger foods. It was basically fried parmesan in a small disk shape that once hardened, turns out to be a little dish, and the mac was placed on top in a sort of "one bite" hors d'oeuvre. Very clever, but looks a little time consuming and tricky

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        1. re: foodio

          Yes, I just saw this on one of Giada De Laurentiis' show (I think it was "Behind the Bash"). The caterer was making all kinds of mini comfort foods - burgers, griled cheese and mac 'n cheese. The mac 'n cheese was served in parmesan tuile - very easy to make. Just grate a bunch of parmesan in a pretty thin layer in circles on to a cookie sheet that you've covered with parchment paper. Bake until bubbly. While the cheese is still warm, put each diskette over a mini ramekin or small bowl so it moulds into the shape of a little cup. Let cool and it will set and then you can fill it with mac 'n cheese. Sounds good to me!

          1. re: peppermint pate

            Was that show about a wedding held in a car dealership? I was very impressed w/ the caterer. Handmade tiny brioche rolls for the burgers, etc.

            Anyway, i wonder if you could bake mac and cheese in mini muffin tins?

            1. re: danna

              Yeah, that was the one... I was really impressed with the food also! In fact, I'm going to do mini apple pies at my wedding reception, among other desserts!

              I definitely think you could do it in mini muffin tins, or even mini tart pans, but I'm still rooting for the Chinese soup spoons! :-)

        2. My friend's recent wedding in NY featured mini mac and cheese as one of teh war passed hors d'oeuvres. They just baked the mac and cheese in miniature ramekins and passed it with little forks for eating. Each ramekin probably had about 3 bites worth. I think baking in spoons would be a better idea - wouldn't need all those additional forks - or, if you didn't want to buy all those spoons, the parmesan tuiles, although those might actually need forks if they fall apart easily.

          Dim blurry picture below (we were too excited to eat them to bother taking a good picture):
          http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/52...

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          1. re: jacinthe

            I suppose you could get fancy but with Mac and Cheese I wouldn't. I would bake my favorite recipe and place it on the table with all other foods and put out some small plates to spoon it on to. Why not? Sounds good to me and your friend would probably love it that way!

          2. I would probably make mac and cheese as you normally would and then serve it in a frico. You can do some fricos with parmesan, some with manchego, or other types of hard cheese to vary the tastes.