The Crazy Suburban Mom: I have to get rid of these hot dogs before I have to get rid of these hot dogs...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I have to get rid of these hot dogs before I have to get rid of these hot dogs...

I had a realization after watching the video of Clara, a 93 year old gramma who does you tube videos of depression era recipes.

Oh! No! I've got half a pack of hot dogs in the fridge.

That may not seem like a big deal to you but I've had childhood Hot-Dogs-Gone-Bad trauma. (If you have a strong stomach here's the post.) I've seen the dark side of wieners. I've seen what happens when Hot Dogs Go Bad.

What got me going with this was Clara's recipe for Poorman's Meal. The recipe is hash brown potatoes with hot dogs.

And while I didn't have everything I needed in my pantry, I had to get rid of those hot dogs before I had to get rid of those hot dogs.

Clara used fresh potatoes but the store I went to had some especially shady looking tubers. Kind of wrinkly, kind of old and just this side of green. I thought of checking out another place but living frugal isn't always about getting the best price. If I have to drive 10 more miles to find some good looking 'taters, it's not very cost effective.

I looked around for an alternative and got a good price on big cans of potatoes. Canned potatoes are easy to work with, easy to prep and easy to store. And fairly cheap too. I got some big cans (over a pound each) for $1.39.

Clara's recipe was very easy. A simple hash. She cut the potatoes up, added onions, sauteed it all, and added the hot dogs. You just cook it all until done (and crispy).

I didn't do that smooth a job of it and I will make it again but I learned a few things.

Using the canned potatoes was a time saver but it made them hard to brown. Short of deep frying them; putting them in a hot (450 degree) oven was the only way to get them brown and crispy.

While it was in the oven I had an Aha! moment... Next time I will do the whole shebang in the oven from the start... it be quicker, easier, and use less oil, too.

So, this is the recipe.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with foil.

Drain and rinse and dry 2 large cans of potatoes. Cut up the potatoes if they aren't cut up. (Note:If you don't rinse them well they will taste like the inside of a can and if you don't dry them it will be like trying to crisp up a sponge. You have been duly notified.)

Dice a medium to large onion

Slice up how ever many hot dogs you want - at least half a pack

Put the potatoes on the lined cookie sheet. If you have much more than a single layer (I did) it's better to use more than one cookie sheet (I don't have more than one and that was a huge part of my browning problem).

Saute the onion in a some oil and than add to the potatoes

Add the cut up hot dogs

Put the cookie sheet into the oven and cook until everything is all brown and crispy. You will want to stir everything around once in a while so everything gets evenly browned and looked like this but browner... this was a test-run. When I make this again I will make this much browner and crispier.


This is the kind of recipe that I love because it's more a method than something exacting. You can cook the potatoes as brown and crispy and you like... lots of onion or a little. Add peppers if you love them... Sausage? Kielbasa? Corned Beef? Yep, yep , and yep...all would work.

I think a mix of sweet and white potatoes would be delish with some chicken sausage and maybe some thyme?

And this is a great pantry recipe because it's very easy recipe to change depending one what you have in the house (or need to use up) that day.


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CandiceR 5/2/09, 10:54 PM  

Hey good recipe but I have the opposite problem I never have enough hot dogs! lol

Sandy 5/2/09, 11:14 PM  

now this sounds like something my family would devour. MMMM...especially if I tossed some cheddar cheese in there!

tracy 5/3/09, 7:11 AM  

Icefairy - thanks honey! I went and visited you to take a look

Candice - Thats a good point! lol...

Sandy, it would be great with cheddar and I even had some! why didnt I think of that??? duh!

Angela 5/5/09, 9:17 AM  

Great blog...I like Clara too. I have her video on my blog under depression era cooking.

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