Buffalo Mac & Cheese Bites
  • 1 packaged uncooked ditalini pasta (or your favorite pasta)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed and divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, mined and divided
  • ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill, divided
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup half-and-half cream
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ranch salad dressing mix, divided
  • 4 ounces brick cheese or mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddarcheese, shredded (try it with 5 year cheddar!)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 ounces crumbled Blue Affinee
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cook pasta according to package; drain. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 garlic clove; cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in Panko bread crumbs; toss to coat. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon each parsley and dill. Set aside.
  3. Melt remaining butter in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Add remaining garlic clove; cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, cream, hot pepper sauce, and 1 teaspoon ranch salad dressing mix. Bring to a boil; cook and whisk for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low; gradually stir in brick and cheddar until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat. Whisk ¼ cup hot cheese sauce into eggs in a bowl. Return all to pan, whisk to combine. Stir in pasta.
  4. Divide pasta mixture into 48 greased mini muffin cups; press down gently. Sprinkle with blue cheese and reserved bread crumb mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit and pasta is lightly brown and bubbly. Led stand 10 minutes in pans before serving. Combine sour cream with buttermilk. Season with remaining parsley, dill, and ranch salad dressing mix to taste. Serve with mac and cheese bites.
Recipe by Wisconsin Cheese Mart at http://blog.wisconsincheesemart.com/easy-cheesy-and-delicious/