Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Spicy Dogs and Spuds
We are celebrating Boss's Day tomorrow, each bringing in something quick and simple which is also office friendly. My contribution is typically brownies (by request) or something else equally as chocolate drenched. This time; however, we are having more substantial dining. It is also a Jeans Day with St. Louis Cardinals gear to celebrate our first World Series Game against the Rangers. So what do you bring that fits both categories, sports and bosses? Spicy Dogs and Spuds. Easy, has a bit of heat and kids of all ages seem to love it.
It's sort of like hot wings, except it's dogs and potatoes with some onion for good flavor. Slice up a package or two of hot dogs in little rings. Chop onion to taste. Add them to a hot butter/hot sauce mixture-in a large skillet over medium heat. I use Crystal hot sauce because it's not too over the top. No measurements but make sure to have at least a stick of butter. Heat the dogs and onions until the onions are tender. Remove from butter/hot sauce mixture and set aside.
Slice potatoes fairly thinly (about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick), as many as you think you would like based on how many hot dogs you used.
Transfer the butter/sauce mix to a large pot deep enough to hold your potatoes, allowing enough room to toss them so they are well coated with the butter mixture. You could have cooked your onions/dogs here too but I just like the skillet. Add the potatoes to the butter hot sauce- add more butter/sauce as desired. Potatoes will absorb the flavors so don't make it too hot, you can always add hot sauce but it's hard to dilute it.
When they are tender, return the hot dogs and onions to the potato pot and toss until well coated. You can stop here or melt some cheese over the mixture which is even better. I dip the dogs in mustard and eat the potatoes separately, but I'm like that!
For the office I will heat these in a crock pot in one of the empty cubicles, where we have a toaster oven plus our supplies. I'm not sure we're really supposed to cook here but no one ever says anything and the aromas certainly give it all away!
You can substitute anything you would like for the hot dogs: chicken, sausages, other chopped meats. I hope it's a winner, just like our bosses' and the Cardinals!