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Mac & Cheese Hot Dog & More Hot Dog Recipes For National Hot Dog Day

National Macaroni and Cheese Day is July 14th, and National Hot Dog Day is July 21st (the date varies—it’s the third Wednesday of July). So how about some fusion: Have a mac and cheese hot dog (photo #1). Combining two comfort food favorites, it’s easy to make.

The recipe follows, and there are 30 more hot dog recipes below.

But first, for your Hot Dog I.Q.:

> The history of hot dogs.
> The difference between rolls and buns.
> Hot dog vs. weiner vs. frank.
> Hot dog vs. sausage: the difference.
> How hot dogs are made.
> Nitrates and nitrites.
> Why there are 10 dogs in a package but only 8 rolls.
> Organic hot dogs vs. conventional hot dogs.
> A & H Glatt Kosher Hot Dogs, one of our favorite brands.
> Field Roast Great Vegan Hot Dogs.

  • Dog. You can use any type of hot dog and roll you like, but the recipe tastes better when the hot dogs are grilled and the rolls are toasted.
  • Mac. You can prepare the mac and cheese from scratch, or use a boxed variety.
  • Combos. You can be as basic or as gourmet as you like. How about a Wagyu beef hot dog on a brioche hot dog roll, topped with truffled mac and cheese (using truffle cheese and a bit of truffle oil)?
  • Creativity. How about grilled/sautéed apple slices and honey mustard on your dog?

  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog rolls
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Optional garnishes: barbecue sauce, chopped crisp bacon, chopped herbs (basil, chives, parsley, rosemary, tarragon), fried leeks, frizzled onions, green pickle relish or related relish (chow-chow, chutney, mostarda), honey mustard, shredded cheese

    1. PREPARE the mac and cheese. This can be done up to 5 days in advance, and heated as the hot dogs cook.

    2. GRILL or otherwise cook the hot dogs. While they cook, toast the buns.

    3. ASSEMBLE: Place a hot dog in each bun, cover with mac and cheese, and garnish. If you want to use mustard or relish, place it on top of the hot dog before adding the mac and cheese.

    4. GARNISH as desired.

    If you need more room in the roll, check out these tricks.


    Beef dogs, chicken dogs, pork blend, turkey dogs, vegan dogs: These recipes work with any type of dog (leaving off the bacon and cheese for the vegan dogs, of course).

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  • Bacon Hot Dogs
  • Baked Beans & Franks
  • Beer & Pretzel Hot Dog Rolls Recipe
  • Creative Toppings For Burgers, Brats & Franks
  • Cubano Dog
  • Firecracker Hot Dogs
  • Grilled Potato Salad & Hot Dogs
  • Hot Dog & Tater Tot Skewers
  • Hot Dog Lollipops
  • Hot Dog Party Bar
  • Hot Dog Sculpture
  • Hot Dog Turducken: A Sausage Stuffed With A Hot Dog
  • Italian Hot Dogs
  • Jambalaya Hot Dogs
  • Kobe Beef/Wagyu Hot Dogs
  • Mini Corn Dogs
  • Six Regional Hot Dog Recipes
  • Specialty Hot Dog Toppings #1
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  • Top 10 Hot Dog Toppings
  • “Worm” Sandwiches
  • Wrapped Hot Dogs
  • Zilla Dogs

  • Homemade Hot Dog Rolls
  • How To Pack More Toppings Into The Roll
  • Pretzel & Beer Hot Dog Rolls
  • Uses For Leftover Hot Dog Rolls
  • Sourdough Hot Dog Rolls
  • 20 Other Uses For Hot Dog Rolls

    [1] Who needs sauerkraut? Top your dog with mac and cheese. The recipe is below (photo © Potato Rolls).

    Sourdough Hot Dog Buns
    [2] Different toppings and sourdough rolls. Here’s the recipe (photo © King Arthur Flour).

    [3] A Chicago-style hot dog: an all-beef dog on a steamed poppy seed bun, with toppings added in this order: yellow mustard, sweet green pickle relish, onion, tomato wedges, pickle spear, sport peppers* and celery salt. Check the recipes at left for the signature dogs from other cities (photo © Kindred Restaurant | Davidson, North Carolina

    [4] Cheese and hot dogs? Sure, from pimento cheese (in photo) to shredded cheddar or pepper jack to melted mozzarella (photo © Birdie’s Pimento Cheese | Facebook).

    [5] Cheddar chili turkey dogs (photo © Jennie-O).


    *Sport peppers are a Chicago thing: essentially pickled peppers. Small green peppers, 1.5 inches or shorter, are pickled in vinegar. You can buy them on Amazon and elsewhere. Substitutes include pickled jalapeños, pickled serranos or the milder peperoncinis [source]. Here’s how to pickle peppers.



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