Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cheesy Alien Spaghetti and Hot Dogs for Kids!

Is it wrong to admit I loved this?  Heaven knows I am no kid but seriously, it was completely fun.

Now, I realize this may look as unappetizing as a pile of mud to some people.  Guess what?  I don't care!  Your kids will LOVE it!  Your grand kids, nieces, nephews, friends kids, whoever!  You can omit the cheese sauce and use a tomato sauce, or just eat them plain maybe with ketchup, ohhhhhhh bloody aliens!  I have Halloween on the brain.  I love Halloween and we used to eat meatballs and brains for dinner when Cody was little! 

I think this is a great meal to get your kids in the kitchen with you.  There is no reason they can't help you poke the hot dogs with spaghetti noodles, they will love eating something they helped make.  That is my experience anyway. 

When I finished this dish I asked my husband to try it.  He looked at me.....rolled his eyes and said, "OK but MINE are killer octopus monsters, NOT aliens".  He rocks.  He sat at the table, looked at it, and dove in.  He ate a bite and then another and then asked if I could make this again.  HAHA!  Grown up little boys like it too!

You can make this as easily for a lot as for a few.  Here are the amounts I used....

1 pkg of hot dogs (any you like, I only eat all beef)
1 pkg spaghetti
1 can of cheddar cheese soup
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/8 tsp yellow mustard

Cut your hot dogs into whatever size chunks you want.  I cut each into 4 I think.  Or I tried.  I used 4 pieces of spaghetti for each chunk.  Poke the hard spaghetti noodles all the way through the piece of hot dog.  Do this for all pieces.  They will look like this....

In a large pot of boiling water, place the hot dogs into the water and cook per the spaghetti pkg directions. I would add an extra minute as the pasta in the middle of the hot dog needs that extra minute or so. 

While the aliens are cooking, in a bowl, combine the cheese soup, cheese, milk, mustard and salt and pepper to taste. 

After draining the aliens, put them back in the hot pot, add in the cheese sauce and toss with tongs!

Your kids will thank you.  I don't see any reason you can't use Italian sausage, bratwurst, kielbasa, polish sausage, whatever you choose! 

You may say, "ewwwww" but your kids will say "coooooooollll"!!!

Your "aliens for dinner"chefwannabe

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