Allrighty then. This recipe came to be because of 2 things. A good Marketing Plan on someone’s part ( here’s to IKEA!), and some impulse buying on someone else’s part. Ahem…..that would be me. ( Shame faced look). Every time I went to IKEA this summer they were advertising a Picnic Pack containing a bazillion hot dogs, buns, a bottle each of ketchup and mustard, a jar of pickles and a package of fried onion chips. The store and the parking lot were covered in those ads! Now, I eat a hot dog maybe twice a year and usually I’m starving before they even look good. So, after repeated trips to the store, I managed to arrive there one day famished and the rest as they say, is history. And now, it’s November. Way past prime time grilling season and I still have a bazillion hot dogs in the freezer! Thankfully, Dan eats one or 2 for lunch once in a while, but still…..He had pulled out a bag of 6 at the end of last week and today I found 3 of them in the fridge and Dan is away for the week. What to do? What to do? I hate wasting food and they just weren’t going to end up in a bun on my plate, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with this incredibly tasty, easy, inexpensive and gosh darn it, the kids are gonna love it stew! I am absolutely surprised at how tasty it turned out and I will be enjoying it for supper tonight and freeze the rest until Sparky comes home. I know he’ll love it! Full of kid friendly veggies. Not overly seasoned as most kids won’t go for that and the hot dogs add a nice smokey touch.
I’m thinking this would be great as a last minute, “what the heck do I feed them tonight” meal or a way of inexpensively feeding a bunch of hungry folks. I also think this stew would be something wonderful to make if you’re camping! Just take cans of vegetables and hot dogs and you have a hot, filling and nutritious meal.
Feel free to switch up the vegetables depending on what you have in the house or what your family likes. Peas or green beans would be delicious. Substitute pasta for the potatoes if you like.
Doesn’t that just look yummy?
Let’s go build a Hot Diggity Dog Stew!
Hot Diggity Dog Stew!
- 1/2 Cup Diced Onion
- 2 Carrots peeled and quartered then sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 Celery Stalk Chopped
- 2 TBSP Salad Oil
- 2 Medium Potatoes Diced
- 1/2 Cup Corn frozen or canned
- 1 14oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 3 Hot Dogs sliced in half or quarters then sliced into 1/4 inch pieces
- 2 Cubes Chicken Bouillion
- 2-1/2 Cups Water
- 1/2 TSP Dried Thyme
- Saute' the Onions,Carrots and Celery in the oil for 5 minutes. Add the Potatoes, then the Chicken Bouillon Cubes, Water, Tomatoes and Thyme.
- I have no idea why they are called "Pizza Tomaten" here in Germany, but they are diced tomatoes!
- Bring this to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes until Potatoes are almost done.
- Add the Corn or "Sonnenmais" in German.
- Add the Hot Dogs
- Again, bring to a low boil, then lower heat and simmer another 10 minutes.
- Serve hot with crackers or rolls and enjoy! Me? I'll be putting a dab of peanut butter and jelly on those crackers because that's how I like it! And you?