Monday, May 1, 2017

Vincent Price's Stuffed Frankfurters

Vincent Price at a ballgame handing his wife some frankfurters
As I said in the podcast You're the Wurst!!! my favorite cookbook is Mary and Vincent Price's A Treasury of Great Recipes. It's a fantastic collection of recipes from long forgotten restaurants around the world along with a few family recipes from the man himself (along with his wife Mary).

The pictures are great, most of the recipes are gorgeously classic and a few of the recipes are super quaint and of-their-time.

This is one of those recipes........ Well it was up until  few years ago.

This recipe would have been considered overkill or novelty with the way it's made, but in the last few years ridiculous recipes have become de rigueur for food sites to get clicks and eyeballs on their sites.

While it is a bit antiquated in the way it is written (I have adjusted the recipe to be easily followed), it could definitely be a featured recipe in a BuzzFeed video. It has everything today's crazy cooks want: meat, cheese, butter and bacon. You can't lose!

I love hot dogs and eat them often but I've yet to make this recipe. I will damn sure make this in the next few weeks though. The more time I've spent with this recipe the more it calls to me like a siren song that can't be denied after fighting a fruitless fight. Oh well, there are worse things in the world than eating a cheese filled, bacon wrapped hot dog right?

Let's ghoul this! (see what I did there?)

Mary and Vincent Price's Stuffed Frankfurters

4 Frankfurters (hot dogs)
1 tablespoon butter
2 medium onions
2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese- Let's call it enough cheese to fill 4 hot dogs
4 Strips of bacon
4 hot dog rolls

Special equipment:

• Saute the onions in the butter in a pan over medium heat until the onions are soft and light brown.

• Cut a lengthwise slit into the hot dogs

• Fill the hot dogs with the cooked onions

•Top the onions with enough cheese to cover the length of the dog.

•Wind one slice of bacon around the stuffed hot dog in a spiral until the dog is covered. Secure the bacon in place with toothpicks.

• Place under a boiler and cook until the cheese is melted and the bacon has browned. Alternately, you can cook in a pan until crisp.

• Place the dogs onto a bun and top with mustard (the only condiment you should use).


You can double this recipe perfectly for a whole pack of hot dogs (not the buns though), but I wanted to present the recipe as it was written.

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Thanks for reading and listening.


You Butter WERK!!!

©2017 John Houser III
On the You Butter WERK!!! episode of the podcast we covered butter. The recipe I  said I would put  up here is as simple as I described it. There's not way you can do it wrong. i mean, you could royally fuck it up by not following the recipe in the way it written (read and re-read the recipe before attempting).

That said......

This recipe is more of a guideline. You can switch out different herbs for each other. Make sure to use the basic proportions (i.e. butter to herb ratio) and you'll be fine.

The tricky part of this whole business is pushing it into a log (I will refrain from a poop joke here). it may seem complicated but after you do it once or twice you'll never have to sweat it again. Just make sure to use parchment paper. It's a little more forgiving than plastic wrap for beginners and you have all of that parchment sitting around doing nothing anyway. You do have parchment paper right?

Let's mix this up.

Rouxde Cooking School Herb Compound Butter

1 pound butter-  room temperature
1 tablespoon chives
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon sage
1 clove garlic- chopped and mashed into a paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Special equipment
Parchment paper- 16 inches to be safe
metal sheet pan

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until incorporated and homogeneous. Scrape all of the herb butter onto the middle of the parchment. Fold the parchment over the top of the butter and then while holding the bottom half of the parchment, use the edge of the sheet pan to push the butter that's under the parchment into a log shape (see the video below). Roll the log completely up in the parchment and twist the ends so it looks like you have a giant Cheech and Chong joint.

Place the butter joint into the fridge for at least an hour to help firm everything up and melt the flavors.

To use, just slice off coins to the thickness you desire and make whatever you're topping instantly more delicious.