Saturday, June 7, 2014

instarecipe: copycat gorilla mac & cheese dogs

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.

Good 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


  1. Prepare the buttermilk marinade for the crispy onion strings.
  2. 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.
  3. Fry the crispy onion strings when ready to began preparing the gorilla mac-and-cheese dogs.
  4. Make the mac-and-cheese as the onions are starting to fry.
  5. Slice your hot-dogs in half lengthwise.  Grill over low to medium heat until hot.
  6. 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.  : )

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