Healthy Nibbles and Bits puts a grown-up spin on a childhood favorite, mac and cheese, by turning it into fancy finger food. Served in tiny baked prosciutto cups, these bites are perfect for portion control. This appetizer will make your next party unforgettable.
Ingredients for servings
thinly sliced prosciutto 8–12 ounces
2 tablespoon butter
0.33333333333 cup panko Japanese breadcrumbs
1.25 cup lowfat milk
1.5 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1.5 cup shredded Gruyère cheese
0.75 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Mac & Cheese Prosciutto Bites
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Flip over a 24-cup mini muffin pan. Coat the surface with cooking spray. (You can also use a regular 12-cup muffin pan.)
Slice the prosciutto into thirds, and tightly cover each of the muffin molds. (If the prosciutto pieces tear, that’s OK.) Bake for 10–15 minutes, until the prosciutto has tightened up and become crispy. The prosciutto will shrink after baking but will still hold a good amount of macaroni and cheese. (Feel free to drain some of the grease from the baked prosciutto by placing them over a paper towel.)
While the prosciutto is baking, cook the macaroni according to package instructions, then drain and set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the butter. When it is melted, add the panko and stir until well-incorporated. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook the panko for a few more minutes, until golden brown. Set aside.
In another small saucepan, heat the milk over medium-high until small bubbles form. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Whisk in the flour, making sure to stir constantly to prevent it from clumping up too much. Mix in the cheese, salt and pepper, and turn off the heat. Fold in the cooked pasta, then stir in the chives. Let the mac and cheese cool for at least 5 minutes.
To assemble, spoon some mac and cheese into one of the prosciutto cups, and sprinkle on some of the prepared panko.