How Close Is Close Enough? (howcloseis) wrote in 20poundsofpears,
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Hot dogs

So, I realize that a) this community might well be dead and b) I imagine the majority of members are probably either vegan or vegetarian, but I'm posting anyway on the off chance that someone responds. A few weeks ago my housemates and I went to the lake and had a bonfire there with a dozen or so friends, purchasing a package of 80 hot dogs in anticipation of this event. Well many hot dogs were roasted, a merry time was had by all, and this leaves us now with around 40 frozen hot dogs left. We have been grilling a lot and also have had them with macaroni and cheese a few times, and I have ambitions to make cook them up with baked beans and brown raisin bread. Is there anything else we can do with this most unglamorous of ingredients? There are five of us in the house, and one is lactose intolerant, so extra special bonus points to dairy-free suggestions. Not sure if anyone still reads this community, but I thought it was worth a shot. Thanks in advance guys!
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I am a vegitarian, but I have seen people cut hot dogs lenthwise and fry them like bacon for breakfast with eggs, you could also try using them as the meat in stir fry, getting frozen biscut dough and rolling it over them and baking for an on the go snack...sorry can't think of any way to really alter the dogs, just different ways to eat them as they are.

Chili dogs, corn dogs?
Sausage and Bean Casserole, more or less.
I'm not vegetarian, and for some reason I've really been digging hot dogs for the last month or so. First of all, as long as you keep them frozen, they'll keep for a while, so if you really get sick of them, you can give it a rest for a week or so with no harm done (unless you need the freezer space).

Generally, I just eat them very simply, but when I feel like being fancy, here are some things I do:

1. Hot Dog Salad: Lettuce and/or mixed greens, red onion or sweet onion, tomatoes, and hot dogs. Dress up the standard oil and vinegar based dressing with some mustard, and you have a slightly different take on the classic tastes that go with hot dogs. I use a very modified of the recipe found here.

2. Hot Dog Pilaf: Pretty self-explanatory. You can either go smooth and creamy (and it comes out similar to oven-baked mac and cheese), or you can go spicy with chili powder and paprika.

3. Poor Man's Jambalaya: Pretty much like above, only cooked on the stove top, and prepared with bell peppers, onions, garlic, some shrimp if you're into that, and all the spices you feel are appropriate.

Oh, and I've never tried this because it seems like more work than I'd want to put in, but you could chop them up and wrap them in pastry, perhaps?

I would recommend against hot dog curry or hot dog maki. Neither is bad, exactly, but they both taste kind of strange.