Saturday, April 27, 2013

School Lunch Hot Dogs

When I was in elementary school the lunch ladies asked everyone to bring in a favorite recipe that they would make through out the year and choose their favorite from for the next years of school lunches.   My sister Hannah took in our family's Shepherds Pie recipe and I took in my favorite dinner at the time, which never really had a name but because of the story I've dubbed it, 'School Lunch Hot Dogs'.  
Last week while my husband was out of town and I had to feed the baby and the twins in a snap because we were headed into town for a baseball game I remembered this little gem and whipped it out in no time.  The boys loved it and we were out the door with time to spare.
The lunch ladies made it a few times that year and even though it was super tasty it sadly did not make the cut along with all the others.  But my sister Hannah won with her shepherds pie and from what I hear,  they are still making it! So for those of you who missed out on these hot dogs in your lunch room, here is the recipe.

School Lunch Hot Dogs

1 package hot dogs (any flavor)
instant mashed potatoes (about 1/2 c per hot dog)
sliced cheese (1 slice per hot dog, cut in half)

Make the instant mashed potatoes (or real if you prefer) as directed on package, set aside.  Slice hot dogs length wise, almost all the way through and lay them on a cookie sheet with the insides facing up. Put about a 1/2 c. scoop of mashed potatoes spread out on top of the hot dog.  Then put 2 half slices of cheese on top of the mashed potatoes.  Put in your oven @ 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the hot dogs are juicy.  

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