Smoky Mac & PEI Cheddar Bites

Prep time: 15min
Total time: 60min
Makes: 24 bites
2 cups
uncooked elbow macaroni (1/2 lb/250 g)
500 mL
1 tbsp
olive oil
15 mL
½ cup
panko breadcrumbs, divided
125 mL
2 tbsp
butter
30 mL
3 tbsp
all-purpose flour
45 mL
1¾ cups
whole milk
425 mL
½ tsp
each smoked paprika, salt and pepper
2 mL
2½ cups
Canada 150 PEI Aged 2 Years Cheddar
625 mL
½ cup
roughly chopped chives
125 mL
1
egg yolk
Per serving (2 bites):
calories
210
fat
11 g
saturated fat
11 g
carbs
20 g
sugar
2 g
protein
9 g
cholestrol
45 mg
fibre
1 g
sodium
260 mg

Directions

  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 1 min. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth. Continue whisking while bringing to a boil; simmer 5 min., or until thickened. Whisk in smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in each of the following, mixing in each ingredient before adding the next: 2 cups (500 mL) cheese, chives and egg yolk. Stir in drained cooked pasta; mix well.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Brush 24 mini-muffin tins with olive oil. Sprinkle bottom of each cup with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) panko.

  3. Fill prepared mini muffin tins with macaroni and cheese mixture. Sprinkle top of each macaroni and cheese bite with remaining panko and cheese. Bake 15 min., or until cheese is golden brown and bubbling. Cool 10 min. before using small spoon to loosen edges around each bite before lifting out of muffin tins. Transfer to serving tray.