Best Bite Live: Sweet Carrot
Sweet Carrot is a family oriented restaurant in Grandview Heights.
It's locally owned and operated, and features fresh, casual foods. All of their meats are house-smoked, their sauces are homemade, and their bread, cookies and cakes are baked on site every day.
That's why they were featured as this week's Best Bite Live.
Sweet Carrot was nice enough to share their recipe for those delicious Mac & Cheese Balls!
Mac & Cheese Balls
from the kitchen of Sweet Carrot
- Day, or Two, or Three old Mac N Cheese
- A few Eggs
- Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- A little milk
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Canola Oil
- You want to use at least day old, well chilled mac and cheese because scooping warm, fresh mac is going to give you mac n cheese blobs and no one wants to eat those. I like to freeze left over mac and save it for just such an occasion!
- The amounts above are vague and it's going to vary based on how much mac you have but this isn't a complicated recipe and we can get through this with some common sense! Scoop out as many balls as you can using a small ice cream scoop or even just a soup spoon then gently roll into about 1" balls. Once you have all the mac scooped gauge pour some bread crumbs into a bowl and mix with about 25% as much grated parmesan. Figure you will need about a cup of crumbs per 6 balls. Again, it isn't brain surgery and its really easy to make more if you need it.
- Next mix a few eggs with a splash or two of milk. You are now ready to roll the mac n cheese balls!
- Dip each ball into the wet mixture then the dry. Roll them around and fully coat in the dry. When all balls are coated begin frying in small batches in the hot oil. It shouldn't take long, less than a minute or so per batch. The balls are done when they're GBD (golden brown and delicious). You aren't cooking food from a raw state so you don't have to worry about over or under cooking. You can always grab one a cut it open while frying. If its gooey and cheesy, ahhh yes. It's done.
- Place fried balls on a cooling rack or a paper towel and eat them right away! You can also hold them on a cookie sheet in the oven for a bit and they will be pretty darn good also.
Sweet Carrot's hours are M-Th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., F-Sa from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Su from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
They are located at 1417 W 5th Ave. Columbus, OH 43212.