I’m sitting at home trying to determine what I was going to make for my next Happy Hour Adventure. I decided to look through my cupboards and fridge for potential ingredients. I found a couple of eggs, flour, and panko bread crumbs. Not enough to make an actual appetizer but an idea started forming in my head.

Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese

My roommate has the Hatch Chile Mac & Cheese from Trader Joe’s every so often. Every time he tells me how delicious this spicy and cheesy meal is. I’m not just going to microwave the mac and cheese and call it a day. I figured with the ingredients I had at home I could create some crispy Mac and Cheese Bites to satisfy my taste buds.

Grog Recipe

Since this was happening on a Sunday it also meant I was meal prepping as well. That means double the cooking and work on the same day. Since I was doing so much work cooking I felt it was right to do a little less work on the cocktail. That is when I came across the recipe to make Grog. You may recognize it as the same ingredients necessary to make a daiquiri from my Taste of Brazil Happy Hour Adventure. As you can see this won’t be a true grog since I don’t have a pot of still rum lying around the house.

Ingredients for Grog

In replacement of pot of still rum, I ended up using some Cayman Reef Barbados Rum Aged for Five Years. I thought this would give it a darker color to mimic semi-dirty water that sailors and pirates would drink.


There you have it a glass of Grog. Although I don’t think Pirates would be drinking it out of this fancy of a glass. If only I had a rusted tin mug to give it that true Grog feel. Overall, this was a great tasting drink which I primarily give props to the wonderful rum that went into the making of this cocktail. Plus the lime was there to help protect me from scurvy which was very important for sailors back in the day.

Breading Components

As mentioned earlier here are the ingredients necessary to get the perfect coating for frying. After cooking the Mac and Cheese partly, just enough to mix in all the cheese into the macaroni. After that go ahead and throw it in the freezer just long enough to firm it back up again. You don’t want your bites falling apart while frying in the oil. First, you’ll coat the bites in flour then into the egg and finally in the seasoned panko bread crumbs.

Fry Time

Now we wait in anticipation as these balls of cheese sit in a bubbling bath of hot oil. If I had enough oil I would have been able to completely submerge them to fry them quicker. That just means the results should taste even better since I had to wait longer.

BBQ Cream Sauce

Although I think to enhance the flavors of these Mac and Cheese Bites a sauce is in order. I decided to create a spicy creamy BBQ dip to pair with these fried goodies. I thought the hot sauce would pair well with the hatch green chiles in the mac and cheese. The reason I went to the BBQ route is that one side that tends to be spotted with barbeque is mac and cheese.

Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

After all of that prep work they are finally completed and ready to go into our bellies. I don’t want to brag but I think I fried these cheesy bites to perfection. Each bite is a symphony of crunches which is truly music to my ears. I do wish I could taste the hatch green chiles more but I can’t have it all.

Dip Pic

The sauce was a perfect addition to this appetizer because it added that extra kick that I was dying for. I think next time I would maybe cut up some fresh jalapeños to add a few fresh and spicy ingredients inside the Mac and Cheese Bites.

Overall I would have to say this was a well-executed Make Your Own Happy Hour Adventure. With a few little tweaks, I believe it can be truly wonderful. Sure I could have followed the recipe and created the mac and cheese from scratch but I wanted to give an alternative route. Who knows you may want to give that new Cheetos Mac & Cheese a try with this recipe?

Website: Mac and Cheese Bites





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I want to find out from you what type of mac and cheese you would use for this recipe?

Let me know down below in the comments and be sure to share with friends and family that would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!



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