Kid-Friendly Recipe: HDMPC

Kid-Friendly Recipe: HDMPC

When the pantry’s low and you need a kid-friendly meal fast, here’s a surefire recipe that can get you by for a night, direct from a kid chef. It may not be the healthiest option, but it is surprisingly tasty (even a hot dog hater like me enjoys this meal once in a great while!). So here we go: HDMPC, aka hot-dogs-mashed-potatoes-and-cheese.


  • 1 package of hot dogs (I like lower fat options like turkey dogs)
  • Mashed potatoes
  • American cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenhneit. While the oven is preheating, make 8 to 12 servings of mashed potatoes. Both traditional mashed potatoes and instant mashed work well in this recipe.

Slice each hot dog lengthwise down the middle and place each butterflied dog on a cookie sheet. Scoop out about two servings of prepared mashed potatoes onto each hot dog. Top the potatoes with either ½ or 1 slice of American cheese, depending on your preference.

Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
Serve with the vegetable of your choice.

Serves 4

Photo Source

AverageJoe's picture

AverageJoe wrote:

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:45 Comment #: 1

Big mistake = reading this at 11:45. Feels like lunch calling....

Christa Palm's picture

Christa Palm wrote:

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 18:30 Comment #: 2

Uh oh, my first convert to the HDMPC game...Use your new knowledge wisely; they can be addictive ;-)

Michelle's picture

Michelle wrote:

Thu, 05/17/2012 - 22:35 Comment #: 3

You know, this really isn't that bad for you either, especially with all the nitrate-free and turkey options available. This is great for those nights when you desperately need groceries, but can't afford to go out. <---happens more than I'd like to admit!

Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter's picture

Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter wrote:

Fri, 05/18/2012 - 05:13 Comment #: 4

At first, I thought "ewwww"...then I thought harder. I like turkey dogs. I like mashed potatoes. I like cheese. You have another semi-convert. I have to try this now...

Anonymous's picture

Anonymous wrote:

Sat, 05/19/2012 - 10:19 Comment #: 5

Kid friendly? I'll eat it all myself!

Christa Palm's picture

Christa Palm wrote:

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:35 Comment #: 6

Michelle, this recipe has saved us more times than I should admit! It's so quick and easy, and you're right: if you used healthier hot dogs, it's not really all that terrible for you.

Crystal, when my husband told me about this recipe (which he made up when he was 12 and on his own for dinner with few groceries at home), I thought "Ew!" too. I even said that it sounded disgusting. So he made it for himself, and I tried a bite. Verdict: surprisingly good!

Anonymous (MoneyCone), kid friendly and adult friendly: win, win!