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Mac ’n’ cheese sliders

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

  • Prep: 25 mins
    Cook: 1 hrs
    plus overnight chilling
  • Makes 36
  • Easy
  • Makes 36
  • Easy
  • Calories 111
  • Carbohydrates 9
  • Saturated Fat 4
  • Sugar 1
  • Protein 5
  • Fat 6
  • Fibre 0
  • Salt 0.3

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 111
  • Carbohydrates 9
  • Saturated Fat 4
  • Sugar 1
  • Protein 5
  • Fat 6
  • Fibre 0
  • Salt 0.3

Ingredients

  • 500g macaroni
  • 50g butter
  • 3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 100g cheddar, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 300g mozzarella, chopped into 36 chunks
  • 3 x 12-pack assorted mini bread rolls
  • 1 pack watercress
  • barbecue sauce (optional)

Tip

Get ahead
Make the macaroni cheese a day ahead. Slice and bake when you want to serve.

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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