Make DJ BBQ's Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese Balls


“Spandex. Boobs. Macaroni and cheese balls. These are the three great creations that prove a god exists.

Mac and cheese is the dish American kids grow up on, and shout out as soon as parents ask, ‘Whaddya want for dinner?’ like a reflex. They can’t help it. It’s ingrained in our cheesy genes. You just know it’ll be deliciously salty, gooey and redneck. Now we’ve made them in little balls, they’re the perfect thing to partner with a hardcore beer session, too.

Because I got a hard-on for lardons right now, we pimped our recipe with bacon chunks, and a shitload of cheese. You need these in your life.”



Preparation time
1 hour


A bag of macaroni pasta

500ml milk

1 bay leaf

3 tbsp butter

2 heaped tbsp plain flour

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp mustard

150g grated cheddar

150g Monterey Jack cheese

A handful of lardons

A handful of stale focaccia

Chopped parsley

100g grated Parmesan

One egg

1 bag of breadcrumbs

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper

Vegetable oil



Throw your pasta into boiling salted water for 12 mins. While that’s going strong, add a bay leaf to the milk and scald it in a heated frying pan. “It needs to bubble all angry,” says DJ BBQ. In another pan, melt the butter and add the flour, onion powder and mustard. Stir for 1 min, then add the milk. Add the cheese and stir until thick.


Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the sauce, stir and season. Now fry off your lardons in your frying pan, add the foccacia and parsley and toss. Chuck everything in an ovenproof dish, add Parmesan on top and cook it all for 20 mins at 180°C.


Cool it in the freezer until chilled for 20 mins. Then it’s time to ball it up using your hands. Next, line up three bowls, one with flour, one with beaten egg and one with breadcrumbs, cayenne and salt, and add the balls to each one in that order.


Pour an inch of veg oil into a frying pan and heat. “It’s ready to go when you flick water in and it fizzes like a sonofabitch,” DJ BBQ advises. Drop in and roll the balls for 8 secs, until golden. Place them on kitchen paper to soak up the excess oil.

A Tabasco and Greek yogurt mixture makes an amazing dip for your balls.

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