Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls

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Ritz Cracker Fried Mac and Cheese Balls
Patricia Stagich

Try these tasty mac and cheese appetizers made with Ritz Crackers. Plus, they are a great way to use leftover mac and cheese.

Deliver Ingredients


  • Leftovers of your favorite Mac and Cheese
  • 2 Cups crushed Ritz Crackers
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup flour
  • Oil, for frying


Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.  Using a cookie or ice cream scoop, scoop into balls. Freeze for 1-2 hours or until firm.
Mix cracker crumbs with spices. 

Combine egg and milk. Bread the Mac and Cheese Balls, coating with flour, into the egg and milk mixture, then coating well with the cracker crumbs. Let sit about 15 minutes to defrost.

Fry in 350 degree oil until well browned, at least 3 minutes to make sure they are cooked through. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.

Cracker Shopping Tip

Stocking up on no-cook items like cheese, nuts, olives, crackers, and dips will cut down on prep time and help ensure you have enough food for any unexpected guests.

Cracker Cooking Tip

When preparing appetizers try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.

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