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Make-ahead marvels

If you want them to sound fancier, you could call these mac and cheese balls “American arancini”, after the stuffed Italian rice balls. These can be shaped a couple of days in advance – the kitchen might get a little messy – and fried just before your guests arrive.

MAC AND CHEESE BALLS

170g uncooked streaky bacon, diced
280g elbow macaroni
²∕³ cup ready-made cheese sauce
1 tsp salt or to taste
¾ cup roughly chopped baby spinach
½ cup grated cheddar cheese
3 large eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
2 cups seasoned dry breadcrumbs
6 cups vegetable oil, for frying BARBECUE RANCH
1 medium carrot, peeled

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