Deep-Fried Christmas Ham Mac and Cheese

Try this recipe for Deep-Fried Christmas Ham Mac and Cheese
Staff Writer
Deep-Fried Christmas Ham Mac and Cheese

George Duran

How do you improve on one of the most popular Christmas dishes? Easy. Fire up the deep fryer! You have not lived until you’ve tried this guiltiest of pleasures. Just don’t make it a habit.


  • 7  Ounces  ham steak
  • 2  Tablespoons  butter
  • 1/2  Cup  milk
  • 1  Cup  cut up processed cheese (such as Velveeta)
  • 1  Cup  dried elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1/2  Cup  shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1  Cup  seasoned bread crumbs


Cut the ham into small 1/4-inch cubes. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the ham cubes until they are browned on all sides, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain them on paper towels.

In a medium sized pot over medium heat, add the milk, butter, and processed cheese. Cook just until the cheese melts; don’t let it boil. Add the macaroni, Cheddar cheese, and browned ham and mix well. Pour this mixture into a bowl and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour to firm up.

Heat a deep fat fryer to 375 degrees F. (Alternately, heat 2 inches of oil in a deep cast iron skillet.)

Scoop out the firm macaroni and cheese and form small 2-inch balls. Roll them in the breadcrumbs. Working in batches to avoid crowding the pot, fry the balls for about 2 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. 

Christmas Shopping Tip

Purchase ingredients that can be used in a variety of dishes in bulk, in order to minimize waste and save money.

Christmas Cooking Tip

When planning your menu, maximize the number of items that can be prepared in advance so you can enjoy your food without stress.