Air Fryer Mac & Cheese Balls


  • 4 cups leftover prepared macaroni & cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup seasoned Panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Adobo seasoning


  1. Form leftover macaroni & cheese into balls (about 2 tablespoons each), place on a parchment paper lined tray and freeze for about 45 minutes.
  2. In a shallow bowl, add egg and milk, whisking to combine.
  3. In another shallow bowl, add Panko crumbs, Adobo seasoning and paprika, then stir to combine.
  4. Dredge each macaroni and cheese ball in egg and milk mixture, coating the entire ball, then in the Panko mixture.
  5. Return to the parchment paper lined baking sheet and return to the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees.
  7. Place the macaroni & cheese balls into the air fryer basket, about 7 or 8 at a time in a single layer, making sure they don’t touch.
  8. Air fry the balls for 8-10 minutes, turning half way through, until light and golden on the outside.
  9. Remove and serve with ranch dressing, if desired.

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