Carnation Mac Bites

60 minutes

medium

serves 12

A fun twist on macaroni and cheese that your kids will love! Try these fun mac bites today!

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Ingredients

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1pk Mini Pasta Shells
1tbsp Olive Oil
2tbsp Butter
2tbsp Pimento / Seasoning Peppers (finely minced)
1tbsp Garlic (minced)
0.25 cup Carrots (diced)
30g All-Purpose Flour
1.33cup CARNATION® Full Cream Evaporated Milk (1 pack) (1 1/3 cup)
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
0.75 cup Parmesan cheese (grated) - 3/4 cup
0.75 cup Whole Kernel Corn (drained) - 3/4 cup
0.25 cup Green Peas (frozen) - 1/4 cup
0.75 cup Celery, Raw (minced) - 1/4 cup
1 cup Cooked Bacon (diced)
4 cups Panko Breadcrumbs
2 packets MAGGI® Season-Up All Purpose Powdered Seasoning
4 cups Oil for Frying

Directions

1.

Cook mini shells/caracoles as per package instructions toss in olive oil and set aside.
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2.

In a medium pot heat butter until completely melted. Add pimiento/seasoning peppers, garlic and carrots and cook until carrots are tender.
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3.

With a whisk, slowly pour Evaporated Milk into the pot, stirring continuously to ensure that this mixture becomes a smooth sauce.
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4.

Once finished lower heat and add ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, pasta, corn, peas, celery and bacon and stir until cheese is melted and peas is heated.
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5.

Set aside this mixture and allow to cool.
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6.

Fold in remaining cheese, place in the refrigerator and allow it to solidify.
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7.

In a bowl combine panko, flour and Season Up and mix until well incorporated. Set aside.
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8.

Heat oil to 350°F (180°C)
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9.

Take chilled mixture and create golf ball sized bites.
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10.

Coat them in the breadcrumb mixture, fry until golden brown.
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11.

Serve hot.
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