I've been ordering deep fried macaroni cheese bites in pubs and cafés whenever they've been available, as I really adore them as a snack. When I saw the cooking video How To Cook Deep Fried Mac and Cheese Balls by Gran Luchito on YouTube, I think I just stared at it with my mouth open, as I knew that I had to try to make them as soon as possible. I really wanted to try a spicier version of the usual macaroni cheese bites and this seemed like the perfect recipe. The video shows in a nice and colourful way how to make this dish. Gran Luchito's smoked chilli paste adds such a nice smoky spiciness to these bites. However you can probably substitute it with another smoked chilli paste, if you like.
I only watched the video for guidance and didn't read their written recipe. Therefore mine is slightly different. My partner does not like milk, so I used vegetable stock instead and I also used wholewheat gomitini as the pasta. These turned out really good, a bit naughty of course, as deep fried. Here is my take on the chilli cheese macaroni bites.
2 cups wholewheat gomitini
25 g butter
3 tbsp spelt flour
2 tsp smoked chilli paste
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp vegetable stock powder + 100 ml water
200 g grated cheddar
2 cups breadcrumbs
Vegetable oil for frying
Cook the pasta in water.
Melt the butter in a pan and cook the finely chopped garlic cloves in there. Add the spelt flour and smoked chilli paste and stir for a couple of minutes to make a paste.
Add the vegetable stock and cheese and stir into an even paste. Also add the pasta into the mix and let cool.
Shape bites/balls from the pasta mix and roll them in beaten eggs and breadcrumbs.
Deep fry the bites in hot vegetable oil.
Enjoy them with a spicy ketchup.
I thought that it would be nice to share this recipe with July's Pasta Please! cooking challenge about all sorts of pasta dishes. This certainly is a bit different pasta dish to my usual ones. The event is hosted by Chris from Thinly Spread and co-hosted by Jacqueline from Tinned Tomatoes.