Looking for an easy + delicious Thanksgiving or potluck recipe? Look no further than macaroni and cheese muffins!
One of the things I am most excited about now that I have a house is hosting! We’ve already had family + friends over a few times and it has been so fun. This weekend, we are hosting my husband’s father and his fiancée’s family for a rehearsal dinner of sorts the night before their wedding. Small gatherings like these have been amazing as we make updates to our house. Larger gatherings are in our future.
While I hope to one day inherit the Thanksgiving or Christmas festivities, they are in my mom’s court. For now, I will settle for Friendsgiving + contributing a few dishes to this year’s turkey dinner. After smoked mac + cheese was hit last year, I decided to try out a new recipe: macaroni and cheese muffins! They are delicious, COVID-friendly, and more important, easy to make. I hope you give them a try at your own festivities this year + enjoy the ooey-gooey creaminess.
Here’s What You Need
- 16 oz large elbow
- 1/8 cup of flour
- 2 cups triple cheddar
- 2 cups cheddar jack
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 cup Gouda
- 4 tbsp salted butter
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- Pint of heavy cream
- 2 large eggs
- Half a sleeve of ritz
- Large pot (I love my Martha Stewart enamel cast iron dutch oven. It is great to cook with + beautiful)
- Muffin tin
- Oil spray
How to Make Macaroni and Cheese Muffins
- In a large pot, boil macaroni until al dente. Should take roughly 6-8 minutes. Leave draining in a colander.
- Place empty pot on low heat + add in butter. Once melted, whisk in flour until it is smooth and starts to bubble. Add in heavy cream + spices + bring to a simmer.
- After the mixture begins to simmer, add in other cheeses, leaving 1/2 cup of cheddar jack out. Stir until creamy.
- Remove from heat and fold cooked macaroni into the cheese sauce.
- Allow mixture to cool for five minutes, then add beaten egg.
- Scoop mac and cheese into greased mini muffin tins. Sprinkle top with cheese and crushed Ritz crackers. Bake at 375°F for 8 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool before serving.
Just like that, you have macaroni and cheese muffins that are sure to be the hit of any celebration. The best part is, they are easy to store + reheat later. This recipe is a great way to put a new spin on a traditional dish. Try it out + let me know what you think about macaroni and cheese muffins!