‘Chili MacCheese Dog,’ a cheap but fun meal for those on the go

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Chili MacCheese Dog

To make “Chili MacCheese Dog,” you’ll need:

• 8 ounces elbow macaroni

• 3 cups water

• 15-ounce can Hormel Chili with Beans

• 16-ounce jar Ragu Double Cheddar Sauce

• 4 hot dogs

Put the macaroni in a microwave-safe dish with 3 cups water. Microwave about 10 minutes. While the macaroni cooks, open the Hormel Chili with Beans and Ragu Double Cheddar Sauce, Put them in a bowl. Slice 4 uncooked (but thawed) hot dogs and add them to the bowl. Stir. When the macaroni is done, take it out of the microwave and put the bowl of chili, sauce, and hot dogs in and heat up the mixture. Drain the macaroni. Add to the heated chili, sauce, and hot dogs. Stir together and eat.

— Recipe created by Kenny and Megan Prather, of Bailey

I’ve been inundated by paperwork this week. That, and calving season have gotten me way behind.

When I mentioned this to our grandchildren in Bailey, they said they would send me a recipe for this week’s column.

Kenny is 18 and enrolled in a pre-engineering program at Red Rocks. Megan, nearly 15, is a freshman at Platte Canyon High School. Both of them enjoy cooking, especially their own recipe creations.

Their dad, Jamie, encourages them. The three enjoy nothing more than taking leftovers out of the refrigerator and adding other ingredients to make delicious meals.

They chop, mix, and add seasonings. Kenny is especially interested in learning how to make cheap meals for the day when he’s living on his own.

So, this week they’re sharing one of their favorite creations with you. They have named it “Chili MacCheese Dog.”

The recipe calls for: 8 ounces elbow macaroni, 3 cups water, 15-ounce can Hormel Chili with Beans, 1 pound jar Ragu Double Cheddar Cheese Sauce, and 4 hot dogs.

Put the macaroni in a microwave-safe dish. Add 3 cups of water. Microwave for about 10 minutes.

While the macaroni cooks, open up can of Hormel Chili with Beans and the Ragu Double Cheddar Cheese Sauce.

Pour them into a bowl and stir. Slice 4 uncooked (but thawed) hot dogs and add them to the beans and sauce.

When the macaroni is done, take it out of the microwave. Put the bowl of chili beans, Ragu sauce, and hot dogs into the microwave and heat. Drain the macaroni, stir the two together, and eat.

Kenny and Megan said that if they’re in a hurry, they make up a regular box of macaroni and cheese and then add the Hormel Chili and Beans and hot dogs. Vienna sausage can be used in place of hot dogs, and it’s only about 39 cents per can.

Cheap meal, indeed.

Thanks, Kenny and Megan, for the delicious recipe and for helping me out this week. Good for you for learning how to cook quick, cheap, and delicious meals.

Also, Kenny and Megan’s mom, Brandi, reminded me of her Aunt Nancy’s recipe for “Hootennani Pancakes.”

I think I featured this recipe in a column a few years ago, but it’s worth repeating.

To make the pancakes, you’ll need: 6 eggs, 1 cube butter, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour, ½ teaspoon salt, and maple or fruit syrup or pie filling and whipped cream.

Melt the butter in a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish in a 425-degree oven. (Brandi likes to use a glass dish so you can see the pancakes.)

Put the eggs, milk, and salt into a blender and blend until fluffy. “Tap” in the flour, a little at a time until well blended.

When the butter is bubbly, take the dish from the oven and pour in the batter and put it in the oven immediately. (This is important because the eggs will start to cook when they hit the hot butter.)

Cook at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve immediately while the pancake is fluffy, otherwise the pancake will sink.

Serve with syrup or pie filling and whipped cream. (Just think of the possibilities.)

Brandi gave me still another recipe that kids can make. I’ll feature it next week.

If you have a recipe you’d like to share, send it to me at Box 415, Craig 81626 or call me at 824-8809.

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