Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs and Ground Beef

Last night, for some strange reason, I was craving mac and cheese.  However, the traditional mac and cheese is just way too plain for me.  Being that I am Filipino-American, I am used to eating hot dogs with my spaghetti so to change it up a bit, I added ground beef and hot dogs to enhance the mac and cheese a little bit.

Mac and Cheese with Hot Dogs and Ground Beef
(adapted from cullyskitchen)

1 lb elbow macaroni
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 package beef hot dogs, sliced
1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp garlic and herbs seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp granulated onion
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup beef broth
2 cups milk
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp ketchup
2 and 1/2 cups sharp cheddar

Cook macaroni according to package instructions for al dente.  Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Add sliced hot dogs and cook until brown on both sides.  Transfer to a plate with a napkin on top to soak up the oil from the hot dogs.  Add ground beef and season with salt, pepper, and garlic and herbs.  Once the meat is browned, transfer to the plate with the hot dogs.  Add another tablespoon of olive oil and add butter.  Add granulated onion, flour, and beef broth.  Stir and cook until thickened.  Mix in milk and bring to a boil.  Stir in mustard and ketchup.  Lower the heat and add the cheese.  Stir to melt.  Drain pasta well then add to the cheese sauce in the skillet.  Add hot dogs and ground beef.  Mix well.


My two cents:
This recipe was okay.  The ground beef and hot dogs definitely add a little something.  However, I still felt like the recipe needs a little more.  Don’t quite know what that would be but my brother suggested maybe more herbs and spices the next time around to add some type of flavor punch.  Had it not been for the hot dogs, this recipe would be a total bust for me.  Not too bad but nothing to be excited about either.

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