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Mar 9, 2008 03:50 PM

Fried Mac and cheese

Could not believe my eyes this afternoon as I was channel-surfing: There was Paula Deen, wrapping a cold slab of m & c with a slice of bacon. She breaded it, then threw it in a pot of fat. Where does such an idea come from?

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  1. LOL!!! Sorry, I don't have an answer, but the moment I saw the title of your post, and before reading it, my first thought was 'this must've been on one of the Paula Deen shows....' Guess I got that part right :) She is for sure the Queen of Frying....

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    1. re: jeni1002

      Fried Mac & Cheese is not that uncommon a dish. I haven't seen it with bacon wrapped pre-frying though. It is somewhat akin to arancini or suppli (italian fried risotto balls) where you take day old risotto, bread it and then deep fry it.

      1. re: Bhutani

        She didn't pre-fry the bacon and the mac was only in the fat for a few minutes, so the bacon must have been nearly raw.

      2. re: jeni1002

        Have you seen the episode where she made deep-fried butter balls? I kid you not.

      3. I know of 2 places that serve deep-fried mac n cheese: Granite Mountain ski resort in Wausau Wi and Russell's BBQ in Elmwood Park IL.

        It's very popular with the ski crowd as are the deep-fried cheese curds.

        In Wisconsin I believe these two items are considered vegetables.

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        1. re: twodales

          in iowa green jell-o is definitely a veg. as is boiled white rice mixed with cool whip and crushed pineapple . . . but hey - another story for another thread.

        2. I've had it on both the east and wast coasts (breaded and deep-fried). Sometimes it's damned good. More often it's just greasy.

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          1. re: mojoeater

            I've actually seen her fry a salad.

            I like Paula as much as the next girl, but I had to laugh out loud when I stumbled across a recipe of lovely spring greens and vegetables, that than called to be tossed in a pan with butter.

            I'm 99% sure it wasn't a joke. I think I'm just holding out hope that someone would pan-fry new mixed greens....

          2. I thought it was pretty common now. Didn't TGI Friday's or a similar restaurant have it on their menu as an appetizer a couple years ago?

            Your reaction reminds me of my own upon seeing Fried Oreos in New Jersey.

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            1. re: Reene902

              Alton Brown made fried mac n cheese squares on an episode a while back. Looked quite good the way he did it, to be honest!

              1. re: heathermb

                I saw that. Seemed less obscene, somehow, when Alton did it. . .

            2. They had it at the Texas State Fair in 2007, sans bacon. Wasn't half-bad, even to this Northerner.