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April 22, 2009

Mid-Century Menu – What the heck is Frankfurter Pie?

meat-recipes-cover001Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to Mid-Century Menu, where every week I reproduce a vintage recipe as accurately as possible, and then force my husband to choke it down no matter how bad it is.  Even though he has started to enjoy it, for some strange reason.

Today’s feature recipe is from the same great cookbook as last week’s recipe, Meat Recipes for the Family “Chef”, published by the Economics Department of the National Livestock and Meat Board.  And who can argue with the choices from the Meat Board?  Not me.  All they do is meat, right?  They would never give me bad advice or ruin the lovely meat I paid for? Right?

(Insert expletives here)meat-recipes-005

Aaaaanyway, as I mentioned last week, this cookbook has helpful little menus in it telling you exactly what to serve with your delish main dish of choice.  I swore last week that I was going to serve the whole meal with this week’s recipe, but in the end I just couldn’t do it.  It was too much food for two people.

Hmmm…a Chef’s salad and a meat pie for dinner?  Why, I would have never known this cookbook was from some sort of Livestock and Meat Board!

However, I did make the hot dog pie, the veggies and the Washington Cream Pie.  Just because I had no idea what Washington Cream Pie was or how to make it.  I will post the Cream Pie later this month.  It actually turned out well.

In any case, here is the recipe for today’s culinary wonder. meat-recipes-004

It appears to be a version of Shepherd’s Pie with hot dogs. Blah.

The only thing I really balked over was the 1 pound of frankfurters. One pound?  Seriously?  Normally a recipe calls for a number, like 6, but a whole pound? Wow. But I am ok with this, because it led to one of the best prep photos of all time. frankfurter-pie-031Look at this!  This is what one pound of hot dogs looks like!  It is pretty safe to say that Hubs and I went over our daily recommended dose of hot dogs for the day.  Whatever that is. Sheesh.frankfurter-pie-032The hot dogs, all cut up.  Still an impressive amount of dogs. frankfurter-pie-034The rest of the prepped ingredients, going to their doom. And yes, the little black ramekin on the right contains one TABLESPOON of Worcestershire sauce, the primary seasoning for this dish. frankfurter-pie-035The onions, green peppers and celery all cooking in 3 tablespoons of butter. And yes, it was a lot of butter.

frankfurter-pie-037The hot dogs added to the pan. 

The great thing about this recipe was that it didn’t have one of those steps that I knew would result in culinary doom like the last couple of dishes.  By this point it just smelled like hot dogs cooking in butter. Which may not be great for you, but doesn’t smell bad.

frankfurter-pie-038The hot dogs & company swimming in gravy.  And yes, that “gravy” was a homemade bechamel sauce. It was perfect, and a complete waste on hot dogs, especially after adding all that Worcestershire sauce.  Oh well, chalk it up to practice, I guess.

frankfurter-pie-040Dumped in the dish, waiting for the mashed potato crown.


Ready for the oven.

So, a pretty mundane dish this time, which was a nice change.  I am sure the posts were hilarious, but I wasn’t looking forward to forcing anything nasty down.  Even Hubs was subdued during this one, talking mostly about his day rather than laughing at the horror of our food.

frankfurter-pie-015Our cute table, ready to eat.  The only bad thing was this:frankfurter-pie-016Awwwww! Doesn’t look very appetizing does it? Yech. But we closed our eyes and dug in. It didn’t taste too bad, basically like hot dogs with mashed potatoes on top.  I was just happy that the recipe didn’t call for any ketchup, because I don’t think I want to try ketchup and cream sauce again. Ever.

The Verdict: Edible

Hubs remarked that the gravy part tasted like the casserole should have had beef in it, but then you got a hot dog and it was kind of jarring.  Other than that it was fine. I have no intention of making it again, but I would go as far to say that it was good. I had seconds, and Hubs had thirds.  Granted, it was mostly just hot dogs and mashed potatoes, but you know, if that is as bad as it gets, then that is just fine with me.

This post has been hooked up with Ann Kroeker’s Food on Friday blog party and The Grocery Cart Challenge’s party!  Check out what everyone else is cooking up…food-on-fridays

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7 Responses to Mid-Century Menu – What the heck is Frankfurter Pie?

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    April 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

    OHHHHH, I am surprised you would make another recipe from the National Livestock and Meat Board after last week! Can we trust them??? All I can say is thank God this one has turned out a bit better for you – at least you were not repulsed to actually eat it. I was keeping my fingers crossed that it would turn out ok for you, so I am glad it was at least edible! That is A LOT of hot dogs though!

  2. Tikimama Reply

    April 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Gee, that looks strangely like the other one! Kinda mashed-meat-in-a-creamy-sauce.

    I will stick to a Smart Dog and garlic mashed potatoes, just to be safe! 🙂

    Thanks for the laughs – I was actually chuckling out loud. Especially at the photo of all those hot dogs, standing to attention in the prep bowl, awaiting the executioner!

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  4. CorinaB Reply

    April 25, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I just found your blog today, and I’m so glad I did! I was initially here to read about your midcentury house, but the Midcentury Menu section is freakin’ hilarious!! I told my mom all about the frankfurter casserole when we went out to coffee this afternoon, and we were laughing so hard I had trouble getting the words out. When I came home I went right back to the computer to see if I could find the rest of the collection. I love that you include scans of the books and menus so we get the fullest possible experience (and can *cough* try them in our own kitchens). I will definitely be back to explore your blog some more!

  5. sablemable Reply

    May 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Who makes up these recipes, LOL? I still think the Heinz cook book is the worst of all.

    This recipe would certainly turn me against hot dogs!

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