Fried Mac n Cheese Balls (The Cheesecake Factory style)


This 'Cheesecake Factory style' Fried Mac n Cheese Balls is another classic that you have to try. Super cheesy macaroni stuffed inside is held together by a crunchy outer layer. Dip it on Marinara sauce and have a will be lost in another yummy world.

Fried Mac n Cheese Balls (The Cheesecake Factory style)

Servings 16 Medium sized balls
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins



  • 225 gm Elbow pasta
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp All purpose four / Maida
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 225 gm Cheddar cheese grated
  • 225 gm Gouda cheese grated
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • to taste Salt and Pepper


  • 1 nos Egg
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • cups Seasoned bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying


  • Cook pasta until al dente in a pot of boiling water seasoned with salt. Drain and rinse with cold water and keep aside.
  • On med-low heat, melt butter and add flour and cook for a min. Pour in the milk followed by cheddar and gouda cheese. Add garlic powder and season with salt and pepper
  • Once the cheese has melted add the mixture into the pasta and mix. Transfer it into a shallow glass pan. Cover and refrigerate for a min of 2 hrs.
  • Shape the cold mac and cheese into medium size balls and place them onto a wax paper-lined tray and freeze the balls overnight.
  • For coating the balls, beat an egg with milk.
  • Dip the frozen balls into the egg wash then into the bread crumbs. Put the balls back into the freezer until you are ready to fry.
  • Fry the Mac and cheese balls until they are golden brown and center is hot, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot with calm cuisine’s Marinara or Alfredo sauce and some grated parmesan (opt). Enjoy!!


  • The oil for frying the balls should not be too hot, as it will burn the outside while the insides remain cold.
  • You can substitute the gouda cheese with mozzarella cheese.
  • You can store these balls in the freezer for at least 2 months for a quick meal or snack making it perfect for Ramadan meal prep.
  • Shape the Mac and cheese into small lime-sized balls for the perfect party appetizer.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake factory mac n cheese, easy appetizer, fried mac n cheese, mac n cheese, restuarant style appetizer

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