Deep fried mac 'n' cheese with spiced ketchup

Bryan Martin

all details

I suspect hipsters may put pressure on our shrinking health care system in the not too distant future, if foods like deep-fried mac 'n' cheese, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and tater tots are a major part of their food intake. Granted, these all sound like pretty good snacks to have with a glass of coconut curry hefeweizen. So having just taken into my possession a benchtop deep-fryer, let's give it a go. Note: Prepare mac squares in advance as they need to freeze ahead of frying.

If you are going to have a hearty snack, it's a bit hard to beat the deep fried mac and cheese.
Hip to be square: It's a bit hard to go past deep-fried mac and cheese. Photo: David Reist


For macaroni and cheese

300g macaroni

50g butter

50g plain flour

2 cup milk

100g grated gruyere

150g grated cheddar

50g parmesan

1/2 tsp salt

Good grind black pepper

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1tbsp Dijon mustard


2 eggs, well beaten

Panko bread crumbs

Peanut, grapeseed or sunflower oil for deep frying

Extra grated parmesan for garnish.

Some bacon (optional)

For spiced tomato and herb ketchup

1kg ripe tomatoes

Olive oil

1 red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried chilli

90ml red wine vinegar

50ml sugar

Oregano, parsley, basil, all or any chopped fine



For ketchup

Saute onion and garlic in oil until soft, add chilli, vinegar and sugar, then cook down until the sauce is reduced by two thirds. Stir in tomatoes, cook over a very low heat until it is thick and stir in the herbs. Pulse with a blender to a chunky sauce.

For mac and cheese

1. Line and grease a loaf tin or casserole dish. Cook the pasta as directed. Meanwhile, melt butter and add flour after a minute or so, stirring quickly so no lumps form, and cook for another minute.

2. Add milk and bring to simmer squashing out anything lumpy. Lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. This bechamel sauce should be pretty thick but still flowing.

3. Add salt, pepper and mustard along with the cooked and still hot pasta.

4. Then add the cheese, slowly so that it melts but mindful that heat is the key to continuing the melt.

5. Have the lined, greased loaf tin ready. Pour in the pasta so that it is about an old-fashioned inch thick. Cover and chill completely.

6. Turn out and cut into cubes. Arrange separately on a tray, cover with cling film and freeze for an hour or two.

7. Place the flour, then eggs and finally the breadcrumbs, in three separate bowls.

8. Dust the cubes of mac and cheese in flour, shake. Dip them into the beaten eggs. Drain and dredge in breadcrumbs.

9. Heat the oil to 175C. Cook the mac and cheese cubes in batches that won’t crowd the fryer. Fry until they are crispy and have that golden brown look.

10. Serve sprinkled with parmesan and home-made tomato ketchup.

Optional: add some crispy fried bacon, finely chopped to the mixture with the cheese. This will be a powerful pheromone to any hipsters ironically hanging out nearby, so be very careful, you’ve been warned!

Rate this recipe

Rate this recipe:

Use [left] and [right] keys to rate, [enter] to submit, [esc] to cancel.

Rate this recipe with 0.5 a star Rate this recipe with 1 star Rate this recipe with 1.5 stars Rate this recipe with 2 stars Rate this recipe with 2.5 stars Rate this recipe with 3 stars Rate this recipe with 3.5 stars Rate this recipe with 4 stars Rate this recipe with 4.5 stars Rate this recipe with 5 stars

Write a review

Thanks for voting!

Write a review

  • Main Ingredients - Pasta, Cheese, Eggs
  • Cuisine - American (US)
  • Course - Finger-food, Side Dish, Starter/Entree
  • Occasion - Cocktail Party, Children's Party, New Years, Family meals, Halloween

Similar recipes

Murdoch Recipe Thumbnail

Macaroni cheese

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Murdoch Recipe Thumbnail

Macaroni cheese

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)

3 comments so far

  • Yum! They sell these at my local East of Everything...along with lots of craft beer (so your assessment of it being a hipster food is right on the money!)

    Date and time
    June 04, 2014, 11:58AM
  • When did Macaroni cheese become Mac and cheese ?

    Surely we don't have to adopt all that is Cretan from the US.

    Date and time
    June 04, 2014, 7:42PM
  • Surprisingly good! Recipe makes a fair quantity so make sure you have lots of friends on hand to eat and/or lots of good beer to follow.

    Date and time
    June 12, 2014, 10:53AM

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Most popular recipes


Say bon voyage to your worries and relax knowing that whether you're at sea for a quick getaway or round-the-world adventure, your food and drinks are in terrific hands.

Cook discussions

Cook discussions

Cook discussions

Cook discussions

Cook discussions