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.
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.