Going to holiday parties without kids is easy. Pick a fancy appetizer recipe, and you’re done. But when you know there will be little ones in tow, you have more responsibility to make sure that everyone can enjoy your food. These Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Mini Mac and Cheese Cups are the perfect solution for your holiday party, since they will be crowd-pleasers for both adults and kids alike!
The addition of Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® salad dressing will make every kid run for it, just like they do when they see it on the table at dinner! And the adults will love how it kicks up the flavor of the mac and cheese and makes it quite sophisticated.
Hidden Valley Ranch Mini Mac and Cheese Cups
A crowd-pleasing, easy-peasy single serving appetizer to throw together for your next fall shindig!
By Kimberly Michelle
Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing: ½ cup
macaroni pasta: 8 ounces
unsalted butter: 2 tablespoons
panko (Japanese-style) breadcrumbs: 1 cup
shredded cheddar cheese: 2 cups
grated Parmesan cheese, separated: ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons
milk: ½ cup
Greek yogurt, plain: 5 ounces
chopped sun-dried tomatoes: ½ cup
chopped chives: 2 tablespoons
salt: ¼ teaspoon
black pepper: ¼ teaspoon
parchment paper baking cups: 12
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2: Cook the macaroni until al dente, about six minutes. Drain the pasta and place it back in the pot.
Step 3: While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter over medium and brown the panko breadcrumbs. Place them in a bowl and mix in the 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.
Step 4: Add the cheddar cheese and ¾ cup of Parmesan cheese to the pasta. Stir.
Step 5: Beat the eggs, Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing, milk, and yogurt together in a bowl, then incorporate it into the pasta. Mix in the remaining sun-dried tomatoes, chives, salt, and pepper.
Step 6: Place the baking cups in a 12-cup muffin tin. Spoon the pasta mixture into all of the cups and top with the breadcrumbs.