Saucy Franks

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.

I would've voted for Chili con Wienie. That just has more pizzazz, right?

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).

I love the icon for FAT.

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.

This entry was posted in Food, Recipes, Retro Food, Retro Recipes and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Saucy Franks

  1. Cameron Close says:

    I wonder if anyone really ate these things back in its day. We didn’t, but I hate to ruin a good 1960’s story. This reminds me of a SPAM recipe from the days when SPAM was just a meat. I believe families probably had more time then, then they do now to cook, but we had never heard of a lot of food items that are now thought as “must haves” in the culinary armamentarium. (I’m not sure that’s a word, but it should be.)

    I’m starting to get a little concerned about your diet….

  2. I am laughing out loud here in London. I think I would have chosen Jiffy Cheesefurters – ha ha!

    I am holding you personally accountable for the fact that I just spent £18 on the awesome object at the top of these three items –

    I can’t wait!

    Oh and by the way. I am seriously considering launching a range of Silver Screen Suppers recipe cards…


    • Yinzerella says:

      Holy crap. I am so envious. I want that box!
      And don’t worry, I have another pack of hot dogs in the fridge, I am sure that more frankfurter creations will be made very soon.
      And yes, you should have your own set of recipe cards.

  3. veg-o-matic says:

    Totally agree with Jenny–Jiffy Cheesefurters would have been the way to go. What was Cleve thinking?
    Your mistake was going with Saucy Franks #1 instead of number 2, as the number 2 recipe clearly states “they’re terrific.” You’ll notice there is no statement of quality for the recipe you chose.
    Or heck, you probably should have just made Cleve’s Hotburgers™ and been done with it.

  4. You know I’m a huge fan of your blog and I’m personally a huge opponent of censorship of any form. But if there’s ever a candidate for a book burning, this casserole cookbook may be near the top.

  5. Wendi says:

    Girl, someone’s got to say it….saucy franks is a world of wrong.

  6. The process of (recipe) elimination just isn’t easy – but someone’s got to do it. For your sacrifice we thank you!

  7. The Mouse says:

    I agree, the franks look a little like entrails in a weird sort of way. I applaud your courage. I don’t think I would have attempted these. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *