Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kiddie Comfort: GF Macaroni & Cheese with Hot Dogs

Over the last week, we've had several house showings, school delays and all our usual activities so meal time has been a simple quick affair! That translates to frozen dinners, sandwiches & take out meals that meet the need, but don't really hit the spot!  A meal that is both satisfying and quick is Mac-n-Cheese with hot dogs.  You can have this meal on the table in about 45 minutes.  Plus, you can't get much more kid friendly!!  This is a gluten free recipe, but you won't see any difference in taste or texture!   

GF Macaroni & Cheese with Hot Dogs:
(Serves 8-10)

1 pkg of GF pasta (I prefer corn varieties)
1/2 cup butter divided
1/3 cup GF flour mix (ie Pamela's or King Arthur)
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 8oz bar of extra sharp cheddar, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 pkgs Hebrew National kosher beef hot dogs
1/2 cup corn crumbs

Preheat oven to 350*F and lightly grease a 9x13 casserole dish.  Cook pasta per directions, but for 1-2 minutes less than directed.  Otherwise, the pasta tends to fall apart.  While the pasta is cooking, slice up the hot dogs into bite size pieces and set aside. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and place in a large  In a 2 quart sauce pan, melt 1/2 the butter (1/4 cup butter) and let it brown a bit.  When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour.  Cook over medium for 1-2 minutes whisking constantly.  Slowly add the cream and milk.  Cook the mixture for 5-6 minutes stirring frequently.  The mixture will thicken.  Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg before stirring in the cheese.  The mixture will become very thick.  Pour the cheese mixture over the pasta and add the hot dog slices.  Mix well.  Transfer to the greased casserole dish.  Melt the remaining butter and mix with the corn crumbs.  Top the casserole with the crumbs and butter.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Enjoy!

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