Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers

Ham, Macaroni with Cheese Appetizer Bites

Ham, Macaroni with Cheese Appetizer Bites have all the flavors you crave in macaroni and cheese only they’re in mini bite-sized appetizer form.

Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers

If you’re looking to score big points at your super bowl party or next tailgating event, then make sure to serve these Ham and Macaroni and Cheese Appetizer Bites. The crowd will cheer, and the fans will roar, and then it’s time to watch football. LOL

Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers

Since everybody loves finger food at a party, why not make everyone’s favorite comfort food, only in snacking form? No fork needed…just fingers! 

Macaroni and Cheese Bites

If you’re thinking to yourself, “Boy, I’d like to make these but don’t like ham and I don’t have mini-muffin tins”… please don’t let that stop you! The ham is totally optional (I just happened to have some leftover in the fridge), and you can use regular size muffin tins in place of the minis. The only thing you’ll need to do is keep them in the oven a bit longer because they’re larger in size. Other than that, carry on as usual.

If you’ve never made your own macaroni and cheese, it’s really quite simple. Melt butter in a saucepan and whisk in all-purpose flour. Stir in warm milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg and dry mustard. Stir and cook until the sauce thickens.

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Meanwhile cook and drain the mini pasta (I used ditalini) and add a bit of olive oil. Stir in the ham (if desired).

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Stir grated cheddar, Swiss and cream cheese into the thickened sauce until completely melted.

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Stir the cheese sauce into the cooked and drained pasta. Scoop the macaroni and cheese into prepared muffin tins and bake in the oven until golden brown and crisp on the edges.

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Ham and Cheese Macaroni and Cheese Appetizer Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Everyone's favorite comfort food is morphed into everyone's favorite appetizer.
Author: Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk warmed slightly
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss Cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 box ditallini pasta cooked according to package directions, and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped ham optional
  • cooking spray
  • mini muffin cups or regular size muffin cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions and drain. Stir in the olive oil. Keep warm and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook approximately 1-2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the warm milk and cook, stirring occasionally. The sauce will start to thicken as it heats.
  5. Stir in the salt, pepper, nutmeg and dry mustard.
  6. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the shredded cheeses and the cream cheese. Stir until smooth.
  7. Add the cooked and drained pasta to the cheese sauce and stir until well combined.
  8. Spray the inside of the muffin cups lightly with cooking spray.
  9. Fill the muffin tins with the ham and macaroni and cheese mixture.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

If using larger muffin tins, bake for approximately 10 minutes longer.

Come and get ’em! It’s party time!!

Delicious Macaroni and Cheese Appetizers

For more tasty appetizers and snacks that you might want to consider serving during the big game, how about the following suggestions:

Touchdown Cheese Ball

Football shaped cheese ball

CORN AND BLACK BEAN DIP:

Hot dip with corn and beans

MINI FRENCH BREAD PIZZA APPETIZERS:

French Bread Pizza

SLOPPY BEAN AND SAUSAGE DIP:

Bean and Sausage Dip

What team will you be cheering for? Do you know? Do you care? Me? I don’t really care about the game. I’m more of a half-time watcher, and snack eater. The game just happens to be on between the commercials. LOL

My husband is a die-hard Chicago Bears fan and has been since he was a little boy. It’s been a long time since the Bears were in the Super Bowl, and as of this year, and how they played, it seems it will be a looong time before they get there again. This tumbler and tile tray set is one I painted several years ago, as you can maybe tell by the players names and numbers. This set is still something we use for our game day snacks and drinks even though the team isn’t really relevant to the ones on the field. Oh well. Cheers to a lot of fun, a good game, and some really good eats!

Football Stadium Tile Tray and Tumbler Set

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from glassware to fabrics, please don’t hesitate to contact me by pressing the little envelope icon at the top of the page, or by visiting my shop on Etsy or Wazala. Custom orders are always welcome, and I will happily paint and design from any photo or description you send my way.

Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art, and fun collide each and every day!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day!

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25 Comments

  1. Beautiful recipes, Renee. Thank you and have a great Sunday.

  2. Party at my house! You bring these 🙂

  3. Ok, these look like a sure fire hit! Such a fun idea!

  4. What a cute idea! These sound delicious, I love the crispy outside – my favorite part of mac and cheese! 🙂

  5. That first paragraph made me laugh. 😀 I’d be cheering for these bites, too! I can never get enough mac and cheese and ham is pretty much the only add-in I like in mine. Awesome idea!

  6. Ham and Macaroni and Cheese Appetizer Bites would be so good for game day! I’m always a fan of anything that has to do with Macaroni and Cheese!I really like the idea of using a mini muffin tin!

  7. What a cute idea! they are perfect for superbowl

  8. These are so fun! I bet my kids would love them for dinner haha

  9. What a great idea for using left over ham and my kiddies would love these little cheesy bites!

  10. I love the addition of the ham! I have made them plain before but I bet the ham takes them to the next level!

  11. These are great football appetizers! Perfect for big kids (husbands) and little ones! I can’t wait to try them. That cheese ball is too cute too!!

  12. Ha! I’d also be cheering for these bites! I had something just like these at a party and they were the first ones gone! YUM!

  13. I’ll bet these would disappear in no time! I’d be tempted to splash a little hot sauce on top. 🙂

  14. How cute. The kids would love these.
    Also, thinking Super Bowl Sunday!!!!

  15. I am obsessed! These look awesome…. If I made these for a Super Bowl party they might all just about be gone before I even got there!

  16. What a fun appetizer idea! Everybody loves mac & cheese. When I make mac & cheese, we always fight over who gets the crispy corners. I have to admit that the battle can get pretty heated. These mac & cheesy bites solve that problem so everyone wins.

  17. If I saw these appetizers at someone’s party, I would excuse myself with the whole tray, sneak out the backdoor and STUFF MY FACE!! Mac and Cheese is my weakness… I love your idea of making it bite size!! We’re not football fans (and when exactly is the Superbowl?) so, we’ll just have to find a good excuse to cook up a batch of these cuties!

  18. I had fried macaroni balls at a restaurant and loooved them. These look and sound so much better, specially because they are baked.

  19. These are perfect for game day. I could eat a million of these bites. These would fly off the tray at our place.

  20. What a great finger food! I can’t wait to try these.

  21. If I showed up to a party and saw these on the appetizer table I would promptly move over to the plate and not leave until I ate them all. I know I should share but these look too good to share!