mini Mac n Cheese Pies
Sooo…I’ve made a large Mac n Cheese pie and Mac n Cheese pot pies in ramekins, so you know I’m getting smaller and smaller, right? Next is the inevitable mini Mac n Cheese pies that I made in a muffin tin! These are great for parties and just the right size for one bite…or two or three… Let’s just say they are irresistible.
1 pound small pasta (elbows or shells)
2 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1-1/2 cups cheddar or jack cheese
2 batches of Pie dough
egg wash (1 egg whisked with 2 teaspoons water)
In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to package. Drain. DO NOT rinse.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and ready two muffin pans (this makes 24 altogether) by greasing them with melted butter.
Roll out one batch of pie dough and cut out large 4-5 inch circles pressing them into the greased muffin tins.
I use the bottom of a small glass to help press the dough in. These will be the bottom of the pies. Set aside.
In a saucepan, melt the 2 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat, add the flour and stir constantly until combined – cooking through for about 2 minutes.
Add the milk and heavy cream and bring to a boil for about 2 minutes, take off the heat and add the mustard, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add the cheese and stir until thickened and combined.
Mix the pasta with the cheese sauce until nicely coated.
Spoon the mac n cheese into the prepped muffins pans on top of the dough.
Roll out the second batch of pie dough and using a 2.5 inch cutter cut out circles of dough and place them on top of the mac n cheese. Fold up the corners to crimp and cut an ‘x’ in the center to release the air.
Brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake for 17-20 minutes until browned. Using an offset spatula, lift them out of the tins and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm.
Even Lego Hagrid like mini Mac n Cheese pies!