A few weeks back, I had to bring a kid friendly appetizer to share at a party. There was going to be no meal, just munchies, so I thought I’d try to find something of more substance than chips and dip (don’t get me wrong–I could totally make a meal out of chips and dip!). Mac and cheese is a staple for kids, young and old (wink wink), so I started there. But I wanted it to be finger food friendly as well. Hence, the muffins.
I used President Reagan’s Favorite Macaroni & Cheese recipe from my Grandma’s recipe box (you can find the recipe here) as I knew that it wasn’t as creamy and saucy as normal mac and cheese. I went ahead and doubled it from the get go. I sprayed my muffin tins prior to scooping mac & cheese into them. I cooked them until the tops were bubbling and golden. After pulling them out of the oven, I let them sit for a bit before placing them in muffin liners. (I had to use a knife to loosen them from some of the edges of the muffin tin.)
Once on the platter, I saw that they needed a little something more at which time I stuck the green striped flag picks into them. (I recommend taking the picks out before giving the muffin to small children–its amazing how quickly these become weapons!) When I made it to the food line, the muffins were already gone. I could have easily have made another batch. The kids loved them, and so did many of the adults.
With the flags, they look like a great St. Patrick’s day treat, don’t they?