Monte Cristo Mac & Cheese Nuggets

by Megan on February 14, 2013

Monte Cristo Mac & Cheese // take a megabite Nuggets

Oh man, this is a sandwich in a mac & cheese outfit. These little nuggets taste exactly like a monte cristo! I mean, it’s totally a pasta miracle. And if you guys don’t want to fry this up, it’s ok! I know it’s early-ish on in the year and we’re trying to be health-concious. So, if you don’t want to fry it, then don’t bother. Bake it up and enjoy straight away, but just know that frying your feelings helps sometimes!

Let’s express our true feelings with mac & cheese, ok? Because these nuggets would love to be your Valentine.

Monte Cristo Mac & Cheese Nuggets // take a megabite

And what says “I love you” more than fried cheese-y pasta? Because goodness knows there are two ways into my heart, at least… food and loving my pup, so hug Elliot and fry me some mac & cheese and I’m yours for life.

Please note: this recipe was developed for compensation as part of my contribution to Wisconsin Cheese. Click HERE to view this recipe as well as other great mac & cheese recipes remixes from other bloggers!

Monte Cristo Mac & Cheese Nugget // take a megabite

Monte Cristo Mac & Cheese Nuggets
(Makes 24 nuggets, serves 6)

Ingredients:

For mac and cheese –

  • 3 cups uncooked noodles, rigatoni, macaroni, or penne
  • 6 T butter
  • 6 T flour
  • 1 cup + 2 T milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • heaping 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T garlic mustard, or Dijon
  • 1 t dried minced onions
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup grated Wisconsin Gruyere
  • 1/2 cup grated Gouda
  • 3 strips Prosciutto, crisped on a hot iron skillet and chopped

For frying and serving -

  • 33 oz. vegetable oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 jar raspberry jam

Directions:

  1. Cook your noodles to al dente, 10-12 minutes depending on the noodle. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In the warm pan used for the noodles, melt the butter. Return pan to medium-low and add flour. Stir until combined. Stir in milk. When thickened add the sour cream, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and spices. When thoroughly mixed, add the Gruyere and Gouda. Remove from heat and stir until all of the cheese is melted. Taste and add more spices to taste. Mix in the Prosciutto until evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth until even. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool at room temperature for 20 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight.
  3. Make your mac and cheese nuggets. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven until 350F, using a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, divide the flour, eggs, and panko into three separate bowls. Slice mac and cheese into 24 rectangles, about an inch wide and 3 inches long. Dredge slices in flour, then egg, then panko. Set aside until oil is hot.
  4. Fry mac and cheese nuggets for 3-4 minutes in hot oil, until golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet. Continue until all nuggets are fried. Allow to cool slightly, then serve with raspberry jam and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

YAY! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

Espresso yo feelings // take a megabite

Espresso your feelings!

P.S. I drank this before the brunch! A pleasant breakfast beer indeed!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy February 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

you just know the way to everyone’s heart! I love this idea!

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Megan February 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

<3! You two would love these nugz!

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Natasha February 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

wowza! who doesn’t love cheese!… and fried things! together, double indulgence/love!

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Megan February 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Right!? Almost too much good!

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jil February 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

6T of butter. My babcia (polish great grandma) would approve!
She would always say for any recipe “add a stick a butter” “for flavor”. My mouth is watering just reading this recipe!

Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s people like you who bring unknown joy to others that this day is really about.

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Megan February 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Yay! Your grandma knows things!

And thanks! You’re the sweetest.

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen February 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

You are so creative! These look freakin’ amazing!

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Megan February 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Shucks, girl! These guys were so tasty. I hope you try them sometime!

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Sarah February 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Did you say cheesy fried pasta nuggets? Marry me.

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Billy February 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Is there a way to make them go directly from the oil into my mouth without burning it?

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Sydney @ Crepes of Wrath February 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

D R O O L. I love Monte Cristos. My favorite are the ones you get in Disneyland, although I wouldn’t be opposed to eating 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these babies.

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