Macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular foods in the United States, and many variations of this classic dish can be found in recipe collections. It is no surprise that some very unusual recipes using macaroni and cheese have been created.
There are basically two versions of macaroni and cheese pizza. The first uses the macaroni and cheese as the pizza crust. The crust can be made with either homemade macaroni and cheese or with a boxed version of macaroni and cheese. Eggs are usually added if the boxed version is used in order to give the crust a firmer consistency. The macaroni and cheese is placed in a pizza pan and baked until it has a crust-like texture. It is then topped with pizza sauce and any additional toppings, such as hamburger or vegetables, as desired. Macaroni and cheese can also be placed on top of a traditional pizza crust as the pizza topping. Pizza sauce can be spread on top of the crust before adding the macaroni and cheese.
Fried macaroni and cheese on a stick is a popular dish at many state fairs. The macaroni and cheese is rolled into balls the size of meatballs and frozen overnight. The next day they are dipped into an egg wash, covered in breadcrumbs, and then fried. Fried macaroni can be served with marinara or Alfredo sauces.
Macaroni and cheese can also be served as appetizer. Small squares of macaroni and cheese are placed on top of baguette slices and then covered with buttered breadcrumbs. These appetizers are then broiled until browned. The individual macaroni and cheese baguette slices can be served individually or on a skewer.
Another unusual macaroni dish uses leftover macaroni and cheese. The leftovers are cut into slices, rolled in flour and egg wash, then coated with breadcrumbs. Once fully coated, the pieces are fried, and the result is macaroni “toast.” These fried macaroni and cheese toast squares are served in several restaurants as appetizers.
Macaroni and cheese soups can be made by starting with a chicken stock base. Noodles, cheese, and vegetables are added to complete the soup. Vegetables commonly used in macaroni and cheese soup are onions, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots, and corn. Ham or hot dogs can also be added for extra flavor. Just as there are an infinite number of possible variations of macaroni and cheese, the variations of macaroni and cheese soup are limited only by the cook’s imagination.