The Greatest Comfort Food You’ll Ever Eat

If you can get over how repulsive the recipe sounds.

It’s January 4, 2016. The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to it. I thought I’d take a break from sending out resumes and write a quick post about something near and dear to me.

During the latter part of 2015, both my wife and I decided to make healthier living a priority in our lives. We were both working demanding jobs: she’s a litigator who specializes in product liability defense (you know, in case you have a product that needs defending) and I was working for a music technology startup. Somewhere along the lines, our health took a back seat. Fast forward to today — we met our goals, blah, we look awesome, blah, we are awesome, blah, blah.

I wondered if there was a particular dish that I was absolutely unwilling to give up despite our healthier lifestyle that is one LA cliche after the other — clean eating, yoga and exercise, chiropractic care and monthly massages (although we have never gotten colonics…for the record).

That dish is Shelly Kuehn’s Famous Hot Dog Casserole.

Doesn’t it sound ten times amazing when it rolls off your tongue?

My friend Chelsea lives in the land of comfort food — Minneapolis. She persuaded me to share this heavily guarded family recipe with her and now I will share it with the world, for once you have made it, you will say “adios” to passe standbys like Mac ‘N Cheese and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Those are for people who fear change. You don’t fear change.

My Mom (Shelly) back home in Texas found the recipe in a 1972 issue of Good Housekeeping a few months before I came screaming into this world.

Considering I’m the son that my parents will often introduce to friends as “the Democrat who lives in California and became a Buddhist,” I have of course modified the recipe to suit my tendency to buy organic products. #commie

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 oz package of Egg Noodles
1 1/4 cups of Shredded Parmesan
1 cup Milk
1/2 stick Unsalted Butter
2 tbsp of Flour
Pepper
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Mayo
1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
3 dashes Worcestershire
1 lb Hot Dogs (I prefer Applegate Uncured Beef Hot Dogs, but I’ve made it with Chicken/Turkey Dogs as well and it tastes just as amazing.)

Cook the noodles, then drain. In the same bowl, add the Parmesan, milk, butter, flour and pepper. Mix like your life depends on it and then set it aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar, mayo, mustard, worcestershire and hot dogs (cut up into chunks).

Pour the noodle mixture into a greased casserole dish, then pour your weiner mix on top. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Serves 4–6 and tastes even better reheated.

Here’s what it looks like when it comes out of the oven (courtesy of Chelsea).

You’re welcome. #Merica

Mmm…so good.
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