Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese

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An easy supper that all kids like - from two to ninety-two
Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese
Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese
Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese

Hot Dogs covered with mashed potatoes and cheese is such a comforting food.  It’s also easy and quick to get on the table. A favorite for kids 2 to 92, it’s great with a salad and a good pilsner.

The biggest and most surprising compliment I have received on this was when Chef John Farion’s daughter came out from Detroit to clear out her father’s estate. She said, “That thing you made when I was eight years old, with hot dogs and mashed potatoes? I loved that!  Can you make that again?” I was truly amazed.  She remembered the food she had had 30 years ago.  Of course, I made it.

This is Spane’s favorite dinner, bar none. I think it’s because I use very good hot dogs, either uncured New York style, or Kosher dogs. I use hot dogs with excellent flavor, and I use sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese.

This is an old recipe. My best friend Marissa‘s mother used to make these, and I loved them. Marissa told me she was surprised to find that her finance’s mother also made these. Shortly thereafter, when Spane was about 2, I found a very old 1950’s advertisement that had the recipe. I wish I had kept it, just for fun.

Making Hot Dogs with Potatoes and Cheese

A lot of people make this with leftover mashed potatoes. I suppose that would be okay, but potatoes lose their airiness when they are chilled, and it’s difficult to make them fluffy again. I always use freshly mashed potatoes and make them like I would regular mashed potatoes, with plenty of butter and milk.

Please don’t use yellow mustard when making this dish. There are so many different mustards available, and a little experimentation is good for you. If you don’t like very strong mustard, try brown mustard, or stone-ground mustard. Be adventurous!

On its way to the oven
The cheese melted over fluffy potatoes
hot dogs potatoes and cheese
Ready to serve – can you eat just one?

Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese

An easy supper that all kids like – from two to ninety-two
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 8 servings
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2020-08-31
Calories per serving: 454kcal


  • 8 Hot Dogs, good quality
  • 4 Russet potatoes, large
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Kosher Pickles
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • 4 Russet potatoes
    Peel the potatoes, and cut them into 2-inch pieces. Rinse well under cold water.
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
    Heat a large pot of water, and add the potatoes and salt.
  • Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender, do not overcook!
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
    Mash the potatoes with a masher, then add the butter and mash some more.
  • 1/4 cup milk
    Start adding the milk, whipping all the while until they are nice and fluffy. Don't add too much milk or your potatoes will be runny.
  • 8 Hot Dogs
    Take the hot dogs and cut them down the middle lengthwise. Don't cut all the way through!
  • Line them up side by side on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  • Dijon Mustard
    Spread a little mustard on each dog.
  • 2 Kosher Pickles
    Cut the pickles in half lengthwise, then cut each half in half lengthwise again. You would not have 8 pickle spears.
  • Put a pickle spear in the center of each dog.
  • Spoon the mashed potatoes over the dogs, being careful to fully cover them.
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese
    Cover the potato with the cheese, making sure to fully cover the potato.
  • Bake them in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling.


Quick notes

Please don’t use yellow mustard! There is a huge variety of mustards available. Dijon goes very well with this, or stone-ground mustard would be great as well.


You may omit the pickle and/or mustard, but it won’t be as good. You can prepare this ahead and leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.


Calories: 454kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 18gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 1222mgPotassium: 895mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

2 thoughts on “Hot Dogs Covered with Mashed Potatoes and Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    Yup, this is one of my favorites, too! Have you tried putting a little ketchup in the center of the dogs? It’s really good that way.

  2. 4 stars
    You have to use hot dogs with flavor for this. I tried using chicken dogs, and everybody hated it.

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