Created by Chef George Duran, Jarlsberg® Mac n' Cheese Bites are a new way to enjoy the traditional macaroni with cheese dish we all know and love. These cheesy bite sized pieces are great for entertaining at parties, tailgating, lunch, or a snack between meals!
Bring 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil and add 1 tblsp. salt. Add Ditalini pasta and stir gently allowing it to boil for about 7-8 minutes, until “al dente”. Remove from heat, drain well and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
For béchamel sauce, start by making a roux in a medium stock pot. Melt butter under medium heat and whisk in flour. Keep whisking under medium heat until roux is browned, about 5-6 minutes. Add 2 tsp. salt. Gently whisk in the milk until properly combined. Continue whisking the sauce until it thickens and begins to simmer, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and add shredded Jarlsberg® Cheese. Add herbs and using a rubber spatula mix until cheese is completely melted. Combine cheese sauce with macaroni and season with salt, if needed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight.
Pre-heat oven to 425°F and drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a baking pan.
Place beaten eggs, flour and breadcrumbs in separate bowls. Use your hands to make golf ball sized mac n’ cheese bites. Then take each ball and cover it in flour, then eggs and finally panko. Place balls on baking pan and drizzle on top with a little more olive oil. Work in batches and bake for 15-20 minutes, turning over once half way through, until golden brown.
Serve with buffalo sauce, if desired.