Bring the oil to a simmer
in a pot. While it's heating up, crush
the onion-flavored rings and cheese puffs into crumbs with a food processor
or a mortar and pestle
. Transfer to a shallow dish, add about 1/2 cup water and stir to make a batter.
Scoop out a spoonful of mac and cheese and dip it in the batter
it in the oil until it develops a crust
, about 5 minutes. Place each mac and cheese morsel on a cracker. Add a drop of hot sauce
if you'd like to spice things up.