Monday, March 06, 2006
Another "Heirloom" Recipe
Tomorrow night I won’t be cooking, since I’ll be leading a demonstration at the school board meeting. Yeah, another one. So I decided to see if today’s eats included 5 antioxidant-rich foods. Breakfast: yogurt and granola with dried blueberries, pecans, and ground flaxseed. There’s two. Lunch was barbecued beef and soup--not really a good source of ARFs. Dinner had veggies in it. While they’re not on the top 20 list of ARFs, they are considered to be ARF. So, here’s the description:
This is another one of DH’s favorite meals, a recipe given to me by my mother. We ate it all the time when I was growing up since it’s inexpensive and filling. (I have five brothers and sisters, so we needed inexpensive meals!) My sister Eileen calls this Weenee Mash, and refuses to eat it as an adult. My husband likes for me to make 5-6 times a year, and douses his with Tabasco. He makes me make a whole batch, since he thinks the leftovers taste even better. What’s it called? Southern Frank Dinner. It’s made with......hot dogs!
I did a search on google for the name, and found NOTHING. My mother wrote “1946” on the recipe card for this, and I’ll update with more information after she calls me back.
Southern Frank Dinner
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium bell pepper (any color), chopped
2 T butter or oil
1/4 t pepper
2 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 lb. hot dogs (you could try this with soy dogs), sliced
Crusty Cornbread Topping (below)
Preheat oven to 425˚. Sauté onion and bell pepper in oil until golden; turn off heat and add salt, pepper, tomatoes, and hot dogs. Pour into a greased 13 x 9” baking dish. Spoon Crusty Cornbread Topping on top in evenly-spaced dollops. Bake 30 minutes. Serves 4-6
Crusty Cornbread Topping
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
3/4 c yellow cornmeal
2 T shortening
2/3 c milk
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda. Stir in cornmeal. Cut in shortening. Add egg and milk.
Now I know that a dish made with hot dogs doesn’t appeal to most of you. But you gotta remember that there are some foods that you grow up with that just stay with you when you’re an adult, and this is one of them. It’s definitely a Texas thing. Just wait till I cook Texas Barbecued Brisket! Now that’ll be a great hunk of meat.