At the end of April, my sister Mia came over to spend the weekend with my sister Hannah, who lives down the street from me. She's pretty bossy for a twelve year old, and she asked me to make homemade gorilla mac & cheese dogs, like the ones they make down the street from me at Steve's Hot Dogs. I looked to Nick, of course, because he's often saying I spoil her, but given that they both have the palates of a twenty-something overgrown male (in spite of the fact that she's a middle school girl), he acquiesced. He fried up the onions, and I made the mac & cheese. And the results were delicious.
IngredientsGood quality hot dogs
1 recipe of this mac-and-cheese using all cheddar (i.e. sub 4 oz of extra cheddar for the 4 oz of goat cheese)
Crispy onion strings (I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe)
Good quality hot dog buns
Crispy bacon bits
- Prepare the buttermilk marinade for the crispy onion strings.
- Prepare your bacon. I make my bacon by lining a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and layering the bacon across it. Then, I put it in a cold oven and set the temperature to 375 degrees F. Let it bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Drain to a plate lined with a paper towel. When bacon has sufficiently cooled, chop into bacon bits.
- Fry the crispy onion strings when ready to began preparing the gorilla mac-and-cheese dogs.
- Make the mac-and-cheese as the onions are starting to fry.
- Slice your hot-dogs in half lengthwise. Grill over low to medium heat until hot.
- To assemble, top a hot dog bun with a hot dog, a healthy helping of mac-and-cheese, a generous handful of crispy onion strings, and crispy bits of bacon.
Notes: I would recommend two people to man the kitchen for this big project. And possibly a third to help with the dishes. : )