Mac ’n’ cheese sliders

Mac ’n’ cheese sliders

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr plus overnight chilling

Easy

Makes 36

Feed a crowd at a party or buffet with these American-themed canapés of crispy squares of macaroni cheese, sandwiched in mini bread rolls

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per slider

  • kcal111
  • fat6g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 500g macaroni
  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml whole milk

    Milk

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    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 100g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

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    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 1 egg, beaten
    Eggs

    Egg

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    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 300g mozzarella, chopped into 36 chunks

To serve

  • 3 x 12-pack assorted mini bread rolls
  • 1 pack watercress
    Watercress

    Watercress

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    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • barbecue sauce (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, then drain in a colander. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the shallots and cook very gently for 10-15 mins until soft. Add the flour, mix well, then slowly add the milk, a splash at a time, mixing well after each addition to make a smooth sauce. Once all the milk has been added, keep cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens. Stir in the mustard, cream cheese, cheddar and egg. Season well.

  2. Tip the cooked macaroni into a deep baking dish (ours was 28 x 18cm) and pour over the cheese sauce, making sure the macaroni is well coated. Bake for 20 mins until starting to turn lightly golden. Remove from the oven, leave to cool completely, then chill overnight.

  3. The following day, heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and slice the macaroni cheese into 36 blocks. Transfer to 2 baking trays so the blocks have space around them. Gently press a piece of mozzarella into the middle of each. Bake for 10-15 mins or until starting to crisp at the edges and the cheese has melted. Put the blocks into the mini rolls with a few watercress sprigs and a squeeze of BBQ sauce, if you like. Serve immediately.

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