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ideas for leftover mac & cheese?

edinaeats Mar 14, 2008 04:09 PM

I have a pot of leftover mac & cheese that I need to jazz up so that it will get eaten. Any ideas?

  1. Emme Apr 6, 2008 02:27 AM

    Make a savory trifle... slice pieces as suggested in egg and panko, then fry like polenta slices; layer with sliced tomatoes, caramelized onions, and parmesan cheese, then broil so the top gets browned.

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      burritobelle Apr 4, 2008 07:34 PM

      When I was little, I liked leftover mac&cheese warmed up with a can of tuna mixed in. A little milk or sour cream to creamy it up -- and maybe some peas or spinach.

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        thecountryrose Apr 4, 2008 03:36 PM

        my mac & cheese is always baked, and I just slice it in big chunks, roll in egg, dip in flour & cornmeal mix, deep fry till golden brown and serve with a cream cheese dipping sauce.

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        1. re: thecountryrose
          xena1441 Apr 5, 2008 08:48 PM

          Oh that sounds delicious. I would have to hit the gym for a week after though!

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          Ariannehana Apr 4, 2008 12:39 AM

          My mom used to make this when I was little. Leftover mac n cheese, splash of milk, small can of bushes baked beans and cut up hotdogs. It sounds kinda gross but believe me it is good.She called it little angel casarole.

          1. mrbozo Apr 3, 2008 10:29 PM

            Fry it up with some bacon, pancetta or ham.

            1. geminigirl Apr 3, 2008 02:51 PM

              I actuallly just frooze a few lunch sized packages to bring to work. In the morning before heading out the door I throw some frozen chopped greens into a container and then the froozen mac and cheese and pretty well defrosted by lunch, it was really good!

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              1. re: geminigirl
                AnnaStone Apr 3, 2008 03:19 PM

                put it in the over in a pan with some sliced up sausages or hotdogs mixed in, and maybe some extra cheese shredded on top.

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                food_eater79 Apr 3, 2008 06:06 AM

                Fry it (optional if you're watching calories), throw in some cut up/shredded heated chicken meat, spices, bell pepper, etc.

                1. Patrincia Apr 3, 2008 05:52 AM

                  I like to add diced ham, peas, and a splash of milk while I reaheat it on the stovetop - stir until warm and creamy.

                  1. JungMann Apr 2, 2008 12:59 PM

                    Mix in some chopped chipotles in adobo sauce. It really kicks up the mac and cheese. Topped with garlic crumbs it's another experience entirely. I have to confess that I'm also secretly addicted to deep-fried mac-n-cheese.

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                      xena1441 Apr 2, 2008 01:22 PM

                      wow...deef fried mac. how do you do it? just shape into balls and drop?

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                        Lenox637 Apr 3, 2008 05:42 AM

                        I roll it in a ball, cover with panko and deep fry. Kind of a guilty pleasure.

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                          JungMann Apr 3, 2008 08:16 AM

                          I think it's easier to cut the chilled mac into triangles, flour and bread with seasoned panko, chill and then deep fry. Triangles are also easier to dip into extra cheese or sweet-and-sour sauce.

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                        xena1441 Apr 2, 2008 12:48 PM

                        In a pan, sautee chopped onions. Brown some beef, add in chopped green peppers, maybe a diced jalepeno, garlic powder. Mix into mac n cheese. Should do it.

                        1. karmalaw Mar 14, 2008 04:25 PM

                          add some browned hamburger and onions and tomato sauce.. easy and tasty.

                          1. soypower Mar 14, 2008 04:23 PM

                            alton's recipe for next day mac and cheese toast actually calls for day old mac and cheese:


                            and then there's always deep fried mac and cheese balls

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