Recreate a state fair favorite at home, with ingredients you already have in your pantry like boxed mac and cheese and Italian-style breadcrumbs. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls will be a hit with both the kids and grownups at your table.
For a flavor boost, stir ½ cup fire-roasted tomatoes into the mac and cheese mixture after refrigerating.
Make the mac and cheese as directed on the box, adding margarine and milk as called for. Stir in the shredded cheese and ½ cup of the breadcrumbs. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, scoop the cooled mac and cheese mixture into balls. Roll the mac and cheese balls in the remaining breadcrumbs. Place on a cookie sheet. Freeze for 30 minutes.
In deep-fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 3 inches of oil to 375 degrees F. Fry the balls in the hot oil in small batches until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce, if desired.