Deep-Fried Christmas Ham Mac and Cheese

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

George Duran

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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.

8
Servings
388
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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. 

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Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
27g
41%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Cholesterol
48mg
16%
Protein
16g
32%
Carbs
21g
7%
Vitamin A
87µg
10%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
8.8%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
7.8%
Vitamin D
0.6µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
3mg
16%
Vitamin K
2µg
2%
Calcium
191mg
19%
Fiber
1g
4%
Folate (food)
13µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
32µg
8%
Folic acid
11µg
N/A
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
26mg
7%
Monounsaturated
13g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
240mg
34%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
219mg
6%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
14.2%
Sodium
912mg
38%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
19.7%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
2mg
12%