Monday, January 2, 2017

A Simple Manicotti Dish

This is a recipe that to my knowledge my parents never wrote down but rather learned at one of the many church preschools at which my mother taught, and which, if I ever had a copy, I have long since lost. I have recreated it from memory below. You will notice that this recipe is both embarrassingly simple and rather odd--I'm not sure who invented it but remains my favorite meal, one that I both request every year for my birthday and hide rather shyly from my friends from Italy. I suspect that you'll either love it, as I always have, or hate it and never make it again. Looking over the recipe now I realize that it's probably an acquired taste, but no matter, check it out below!

Hot Dog Manicotti

Manicotti tubes
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
Hot dogs
Kraft singles (or cheddar cheese)
Oregano (optional)

Cook manicotti according to directions (we always would cook one more than needed to use as a test noodle. Heh. Test noodle). While the manicotti is boiling, warm up the necessary number of hot dogs in the microwave. Drain manicotti. Stuff one hot dog in each manicotti and cover with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle oregano to taste. Top with Kraft singles or cheddar cheese; cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and brown.

A Note From Bethany...
I purposely did not list a serving size as this recipe is easily adaptable for however many people are eating; when I was growing up, however, a basic rule of thumb was two manicotti per person (or just eat the whole pan as I used to do when I was on my own in college. Whatever.)