Kids, grandparents, toddlers… they all love these cupcake-shaped bites. Easy and delicious, with lots of fun toppings, they are a great bite that your party guests can customize to their liking. If you want some healthier variations, try subbing in whole wheat pasta or Annie’s Mac & Cheese (rather than Kraft) and add some fresh spinach and fontina to the mixture before you place it into the muffin pans.
Yields 24 cupcakes
2 7¼-oz boxes mac and cheese or your favorite homemade recipe (yielding 4 cups of mac and cheese)
1 Tbsp hot sauce
½ cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
½ cup of Gruyère cheese, shredded
½ cup of each to be used as a topping: truffle oil, hot sauce, chopped bacon, and scallions
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Make mac and cheese according to package instructions. Once cooked, stir in hot sauce and shredded cheeses.
Oil two 12-cup mini muffin pans.
Scoop mac and cheese mixture into prepped mini muffin pans and bake for about 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
Serve on a platter with the toppings in bowls so guests can customize their bites.