Mac ‘n’ Cheese Veggie Dog Bites

Mac n cheese hot dog bites

Now, here’s a recipe based almost solely on feelings of nostalgia, or Noshtalgia, as the cute and clever Amey as so dubbed her theme (so many cool posts, btw!). I think it’s a little hard to find someone who didn’t have macaroni and cheese with hot dogs sliced up in it. Like, here’s this awesome cheesy mess of a pasta dish, let’s throw some salty, hot dog mystery meat in it. Yaaaay!

macaroni and veggie dogs

But, really, I loved it. It has been YEARS since I’ve had something like it. When my friend Tristan and I were coming up with Born to Mac recipe ideas, he had an idea of a macaroni corn dog. Now, just think about that for a second. It doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense, and there are a few different ways that you could interpret that title. Eventually, I took it and turned it into these macaroni bites because they are awesome, fun, and easier to make than I imagine a macaroni corn dog would be.

Vegan Macaroni Cheese

That’s not to say that I wont take on that challenge further down the line, but that takes some interesting planning and maybe some denying of physics to make happen. ;) I picture these bites being a totally hit on game day, since I know some of you watch football, or just snack on food while the games are playing in the background like I do. Their just a little crumbly so I feel that they are better eaten with a fork, but if you’re down to get messy, treat ‘em like finger foods.

Making mac n cheese bites

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Mac 'n' Cheese Hot Dog Bites
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
A delicious and comforting appetizer that brings back memories of your childhood. Mac 'n' Cheese Veggie Dog Bites!
Ingredients
  • 2 C. Dried Pasta + Water for Boiling
  • 2 C. Vegan Cheddar Shreds + ⅓ C. for Topping
  • 1-1¼ C. Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 T. Vegan Butter or Margarine (or Coconut Oil)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • ⅔ C. Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Optional: Finely Chopped Broccoli
  • 3 Yves Tofu Dogs, Each Hot Dog Sliced into 4 Pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and get a 12-ct. cupcake baking sheet out. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, then drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Return the drained pasta to the pot and heat over medium. Add the cheddar shreds, non-dairy milk and vegan butter to the noodles.
  3. Stir the mixture until the shreds melt completely. Once creamy, fold in the panko bread crumbs with the salt.
  4. Oil the cupcake pan and start assembling the mac 'n' cheese hot dog bites by filling up each insert half way with macaroni.
  5. Gently press down on the pasta to flatten it slightly, then place one hot dog piece in the middle of each one.
  6. Fill to the top with the rest of the mac, press down gently, again. Then, sprinkle the remaining cheddar shreds on top.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes, making sure that the shreds are melted on top. Wait 5-10 minutes before serving.

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8 Comments

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8 Responses to Mac ‘n’ Cheese Veggie Dog Bites

  1. acookinthemaking

    I was totally expecting the hot dogs to be chopped up into the mac, but I LOVE the idea of putting a slice inside each one–brilliant!

  2. Mac and cheese I can eat with my hands! Yes, please!! I love the little hidden veggie dog in the middle!

  3. shannonroche

    Noshtalgia is my new favorite word. It’s holds true to so many of my feelings about food.
    These bites look great! I also totally expect you to let us know what your favorite mac of the month was!!

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  5. Brilliant idea! I’ve never had mac & cheese in my all life and your finger version will be my first time! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I’m that person I am that person who never ever had hot dogs in mac and cheez, deprived child that I was ;) Perhaps I can embark on 2nd childhood and chomp on these mac and hot dog wonders now :)

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