Saturday, March 19, 2011

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Although Andy and I have had success with making our own hot dogs, and we typically think that homemade beats store bought every time, we want to reduce our smug emissions so we buy pre-made veggie hot dogs when we see them on sale.  They are good to keep in the freezer for those days when you just don't feel like cooking much, or you crave junk food.

When I was home alone in January I took a pack out of the freezer.  Since they come in bunches of 6, it lasted me for three meals.  The first round, wrapped in puff pastry with tomato sauce, was exactly what I wanted (though I don't have photos).  The other two were a bit stranger, though.

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to saute some hot dogs with butternut pumpkin, spinach and gnocchi.

Yeah.  As I was cooking this, I was aware that it didn't even sound good.  But I forged ahead.  And the results were to be expected - the components didn't go together very well, but my belly was full, some nutrition made its way to my body, and that was that.  I don't suggest this as a meal for anyone else, ever, at all.

My final hot dog meal was slightly more inspired.  Franks & beans is a thing, I thought, so why not put that on a pizza?

And so we have this pizza, which had potential but just didn't work out.  Baked beans, left over from another dinner, served as the sauce for this pizza.  And hot dogs made up the topping.  Some more veggies, or some kind of cheesy substance may have helped this be better.  But as it was, it kind of just repeated on me and made me feel not that good.

Our freezer is devoid of hot dogs at the moment, and I'm happy to leave it that way for a while!  They're a food that I think will be great, but the results rarely live up to my expectations.


Pamela said...

I use veggie hot dog sausages to make a veganized version of the traditional German Linsensuppe Mit Frankfurter (Lentil Soup with Frankfurters), leaving out the bacon, obviously. Works very well.

vko said...

Um yum on the gnocchi!!!!!!!!!reminds me of when I was a kid, cutting up hot dogs & adding it to my pasta!

Debra said...

The only way I like vegan hotdogs is straight up in a bun with veganaise, mustard, pickles and onions..
But I haven't had any in a very long time.
Blessings, Debra
Raw Vegan Diet

Hannah said...

Frank and beans pizza! Hilarious. If only it'd been tastier for you...

P.S. Thank you so much for the FB message! It really meant a lot, and I'll try to respond soon. Am a bit exhausted at the moment!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Hahaha! I love that you were unsure of your combo as you made it!

Lori said...

OK, the combinations look good, but I will take your word for it that they weren't great. LOL I really need to try making the hot dogs, though. This bog entry led me back to your July 10, 2010 entry, which led to the Thrifty Living recipe. Thanks! I'm looking forward to trying these (just not in these combos...ha!).

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