After the Circle Pups I had some hot dogs left over so I turned to the Better Homes & Gardens Casserole Cook Book (1967) to test out another frankfurter spectacular. Since I am decidedly indecisive, I let Cleve make the decision. But first I gave him some recipes from which to choose. They were:
- Broiler Bean-er Wiener Loaf
- Chili con Wienie
- Jiffy Cheesefurters
- Saucy Franks
- Wiener Bean Pot
- Wiener Towers
Pretty fantastic, right? But out of towers and loafs and pots, he chose the mundanely named Saucy Franks.
Well, I guess a dish called Saucy Franks would be a stand out in any other cookbook, but the authors of the Better Homes & Gardens were really phenomenal with the fun food monikers.
But Saucy Franks it was. I thought this recipe was a bit odd. Why would you serve weenies with rice? Amiright? I saw this more as a on-a-bun-meal (so did Cleve), which was confirmed while flipping through another BH&G cookbook, So-Good Meals (yeah, that’s where I found the Easter dinner).
So, Saucy Franks No. 1 and Saucy Franks No. 2, although they share a name, are a bit different. This one’s more like a Pittsburgh Chipped Chop Ham BBQ.
I made Saucy Franks No. 1 but it was sooooooooooo sweet that I added the vinegar from Saucy Franks No. 2. But that was too strong. What to do? I considered adding the other ingredients to make the franks more like a Chipped Ham BBQ–but would pineapple juice jibe with relish and Worcestershire sauce?
Ultimately I decided to keep it the way it was.
And ultimately I learned that Saucy Franks No.1 was indeed intended to be on rice because it tasted like Sweet & Sour Chicken–but without the fluffy breading. And the chicken.
I made Sweet & Sour Weenies. Blah.
So here they are in all their glory. Saucy Franks! I think they look like entrails. Or some sort of weird parasite. Barf.
But I threw one on a hot dog bun and gave it to Cleve and he was happy with it. But he’s like a dog, he’ll eat just about anything. There’s no accounting for taste, I guess.
I did not have my Saucy Frank on a bun because I dropped my assembled dinner onto the kitchen floor. Hence why I do not have a finished product photo.
I’m still pissed I didn’t get any onion rings.