Monday, July 23, 2012

National Hot Dog Day!

Yes, it’s a day set aside to celebrate the hot dog. And there are many kinds of hot dogs, as well as multitudes of toppings that make them tasty.

Hot dogs have been around for quite some time, but one story as to their origin says they were “invented” in 1874 at Coney Island when Charles Feltman, a German immigrant, put a sausage into a bun. Wonder what toppings they used back then?

It really sounds strange and a bit awful now, but back in the 70s when our kids were small, I would roll  hot dogs in a mixture of mustard and ketchup, then in crushed potato chips and bake them. The boys liked them, but our daughter wasn’t thrilled with them. To this day, she will not touch hot dogs!

Here is a good recipe for hot dog sauce:

1 pound ground beef,cooked
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. chili seasoning
1 Tbsp. mustard
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 large bottle Heinz ketchup

Brown hamburger in a medium saucepan. While meat is browning, dice up onion and add to meat. Cook meat and onion until no longer pink. (If meat is fatty, drain but leave some grease for flavor.) With pan on low heat, add the chili seasoning and mustard to meat mixture; stir well. Add vinegar and sugar. Stir this mixture slightly.

While stirring, add ketchup a little at a time to desired consistency. Cook for 45 - 50 minutes on low heat, stirring often.

Note: If you cook the sauce uncovered, it will become somewhat thicker.

(Recipe submitted to www.cooks.com by Ruscee Ferrell)

Around here we enjoy cheese coneys with Cincinnati-style chili, onions and cheese on top. Yum!

Have a great week, and, as always, your comments and suggestions are welcome! Thanks for reading.

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