Unlike hot dogs and ketchup, sangria and empty stomachs are not a good combo. Knowing we were in for a two-hour premier I wanted to serve substantial food beyond the usual appetizers.
Hot dogs were the obvious entrée choice and I’ve been dying to do mini mac & cheese for a while. I also dreamed up Bachelorette themed cupcake toppers so I rounded out the menu with a sweet cupcake finish. Throw in some chips and a veggie tray and voila… a perfect dinner for 10 in front of the TV! Pictures and recipes after the jump!
To keep it simple I decided to boil the hot dogs and heat the buns in the oven. Follow these instructions for perfectly boiled dogs!
Boiled Hot Dogs
Fill a medium saucepan three-quarters full of water; bring to a boil. Add hot dogs, reduce heat to simmer, and cook until hot dogs are plump and heated through, about 6 minutes. Serve with your favorite condiments.
Knowing that hot dogs are not the most healthy dinner choice I did my best to make the side dish acceptable for my calorie conscious guests (aka me). I chose Martha Stewart’s recipe for Lighter Macaroni & Cheese and even used 35 calorie bread! The original recipe calls for tomatoes but I chose to leave them out.
The result? It was definitely not as rich as normal mac & cheese but it was still exceptionally tasty. Plus the mini ramekins ($1 a piece at Pier 1) were adorable and allowed for perfect party portions. The recipe made more than enough and it filled 12 mini ramekins plus a small casserole dish. Actually, I’m craving the leftovers in my fridge right now! Props to my sister who was sweet enough to cook this dish for me!
Lastly, I served these cute cupcakes for dessert. I attempted to ice the cupcakes differently than normal, using a star shaped icing tip.
I used “fluffy” icing for the green and blue cupcakes and regular for the pink. In my opinion, the pink turned out much better!