Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

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I was recently invited to a summer barbecue and the host told me to bring a fun, savory dish. I thought to myself, what is one thing everybody loves? Macaroni and Cheese was the answer! I remember watching a Food Network chef make Macaroni and Cheese in cupcake form and decided that was what I was going to do. I knew the kids and adults would enjoy this fun take on Macaroni and Cheese. I had also been dying to use the Heluva Good!® Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese that I had got on sale at Big Y so this recipe was meant to be.

Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

I used real cheese in these cupcakes, no boxed mac n cheese allowed! The Heluva Good! Extra Sharp Cheddar cheese is perfect for Macaroni and Cheese because of its tangy flavor and sharp taste. One thing that I refuse to do is make Macaroni and Cheese without cheddar cheese, it just makes the taste difference.

Heluva Good! Cheese has the best cheese, and they have various cheese flavors including Colby Jack and Jalapeño Jack. The Jalapeño Jack is another favorite of mine for those times when I need a little spice, it is simply Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapeño Peppers. I love to shred some into my breakfast tortilla wraps, so good! Give Heluva Good! Cheese a try if you haven’t. I find that their cheese is perfect for any occasion and provides plenty of recipe possibilities for quick snacks or tasty bites for entertaining.  Once you do, you will realize why it has that awesome name.

These individual sized portions of creamy, cheesy macaroni are the perfect solution to bring to a party and wow your guests. I ate one of them with a side salad and grilled chicken, it was amazing. They would also make a great side dish to beef, pork or just by themselves for non meat eaters. There is even broccoli and tomatoes in them so you can feel good about getting in some veggies and the kids will happily eat that broccoli. I received a lot of compliments about how pretty they looked and how they tasted amazing. I knew this recipe will be one for the books and certainly one that I would use for summertime eating and parties!Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes

These Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes are also a great way to recreate a kid-friendly meal into an easily transportable snack option. What is fantastic is that they’re nice and easy to put together, and would make a great inclusion to a child’s lunchbox as well. Try making these with the kids for a fun bonding experience.

Save on Heluva Good! Cheese

Earlier I was talking about how much I love Heluva Good! Cheese and I would love for you to try it. You can find it at most grocery stores located in the refrigerated block cheese section.
To save on your next Heluva Good! cheese purchase at Big Y, click here for the coupon!

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Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Course Side dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces small elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups grated Heluva Good Cheese Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 cups steamed or blanched brocolli
  • 1 cups dried panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp. Melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp. truffle oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Side dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces small elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups grated Heluva Good Cheese Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 2 cups steamed or blanched brocolli
  • 1 cups dried panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp. Melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp. truffle oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place non stick cupcake holders in a jumbo muffin pan. I used 2 trays which made 12 jumbo cupcakes.
  2. Cook elbow macaroni per packet directions. Drain well. Transfer to a large bowl. Cool for 8 minutes. Meanwhile mix breadcrumbs with melted butter and set aside
  3. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until bubbling and flour turns golden. gradually stir in milk until mixture is smooth.
  4. Remove from heat. Add sauce to macaroni. Add the cheese. Add mustard powder, minced garlic, chives and truffle oil. Season with salt, pepper and mix until well combined.
  5. Divide the macaroni mix evenly into the holes of the muffin tins until they are filled about 3 quarters full. Make sure to press the mixture down.
  6. Top with broccoli, tomatoes and bread crumb mix. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. Serve warm or cold.
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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness – I bet my grandsons would love these! All three of them love macaroni and cheese and two out of the three also love broccoli and tomatoes. I’m glad that they don’t have to bake that long either because it’s not fun to have the oven on in these summer temperatures.

  2. What a fun idea! Everyone loves mac and cheese, especially if it’s made with real cheese. There’s nothing quite like it. Especially when it’s baked vs made on the stovetop. I love that you throw in a few veggies as well. They would be great not only for party appetizers but as after school snacks for kids (and adults!) x

  3. This does look like a beautiful macaroni and cheese recipe. I think my daughter would love all of this with the exception of the tomatoes. She doesn’t really like them much. I am trying to get her to, but I haven’t been able to as of yet. I will have to try out all the other parts though. Looks delicious.

  4. I just love how creative you were with this. Food for the eyes as well as the taste buds too! Love it! I am especially drawn to the fact that you used TRUFFLE OIL! YUM!

  5. These look so tasty! You can’t go wrong with macaroni and cheese in any format. I love the twist with these cupcakes. They are awesome!

  6. Sharp Cheddar is my fave! These look delicious, and easy to make too. I’m sure the kids would love them, and it’s great you have some veggies in there too.

  7. Mac and Cheese cupcakes?? YUM!! I need to try these for sure, and I could totally see myself “hiding” some veggies in there…HA!

    • Lol! chances are high they will be a little disappointed when they dont see cupcakes but they will be happy the moment they realize its Mac and Cheese.

  8. I would love to serve this when the whole family comes over. I’m sure both the kids and the adults will love it. I love that you added bits of broccoli and tomatoes! That’s a great way to make sure that everyone gets their veggies, not to mention that cheese goes so well with both the broccoli and tomato!

  9. My kids are going to love this recipe!! Extra sharp cheddar is so delicious! I love this idea!

  10. Yum, Mac n cheese is a staple in our house. I love how snuck in those veggies. Not sure that I could get away with that in our house but hey it is worth a shot. 🙂

  11. I looove macaroni and cheese and I never thought of makingg them this way!! This is amazing and the recipe you shared looks very easy to follow. Thank you so much for sharing this fun thing!

  12. Now that is just the best idea ever. I can’t get my grand kids to eat anything except mac and cheese and chicken tenders. That’s about to change because I’m going to try your recipe.

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