Mac and Frank… the Culinary Mafiosa

19 Jul

Meet my friends Frank and Mac. They want you to know that they’ve seen you with the kraft box. They’ve seen you cheating on making a good dinner and settling for dehydrated cheese and powdered milk. They also want you to know that this is you’re warning. If they catch you again, they’re going to know and they won’t be gentle.

So yes, I realize that there are not too many things that are impressive about hot dogs and mac and cheese. It’s a silly meal for kids and kids at heart. It’s full of fat and calories and in general, it gets snuffed in the world of food. Truly, I think that mac and cheese does not get it’s due.

Yes, mac and cheese is not the healthiest of meals. But there are so many things in life we can’t indulge on, why not had a dinner that brings you pure inhibited joy. When you add in his buddy, Frank (hot dogs) the dish sings. It’s the culinary equivalent of a puppy wagging his tail. You can’t escape smiling whn you hear dinner is going to be hot dogs with mac and cheese. When you mix them together, the dish goes from happy meal to ecstatic meal.

My version ups the flavor ante by using bacon fat and beef stock in the cheese sauce. I’m not a huge hot dog lover, however, a Hebrew National, crispy on the outside, will do any day.

Mac and Frank

2 tablespoons bacon fat
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
1 cup beef stock
2 cups sharp cheddar, shredded
1/2 cup white cheddar, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound pasta, elbow, or other curly variety
8 hot dogs, cut into coins

1. Heat a sauté pan. Add in 1 teaspoon oil and the hotdogs. Sauté the hot dogs until golden brown and then set aside in a large mixing bowl

2. Make the cheese sauce. Melt the bacon fat in a sauce pan and then add in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes and then slowly wisk in the milk, being sure to stir out any lumps. Add in the stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cheeses a little at a time until all of the cheese is incorporated. Season and pour on top of the hot dogs. Stir to combine.

3. Cook pasta according to the instructions on the box

4. Drain the pasta and add it to the hot dog and cheese sauce mixture.

5. Serve

If you want to up the ante even more add some crispy bacon for garnish. Yes that’s right… bacon. Or, if you want to pretend that you’re being a little healthy, have a side salad. (Just don’t use ranch)

Always thinking of the next meal

-Katie

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