I am literally trapped in my house. By the time Blizzard Nemo ended, my town had accumulated approximately 33 inches of snow. My family doesn’t keep too much food around the house and since the roads are closed, going out for food isn’t an option. So I had to be innovative when it came to finding something to eat.
I never realized how versatile the hot dog is. It may not be the healthiest option, but it’s a meat product that you could use either by itself or as part of a recipe when preparing breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I love anything spicy, so I usually go for the Hummel Bros Georgia Red Hots.
In terms of taste, Red Hots are very similar to a hot dog and can be cooked in the same manner. But, I prefer them boiled because they stay plump and juicy. I feel that grilling them – or any hot dog for that matter- dries it out and the smoked flavor they pick up from the grill tends to overshadow the flavor of the meat. A nice mix of spices including paprika gives this hot dog spin off a mild kick. But, the spice isn’t overwhelming so even those who are more sensitive to spicy foods should be able to enjoy these without a problem.
Because of the mild flavor, Red Hots work well in a variety of recipes such as:
1. Breakfast Burritos – scrambled eggs and a diced Red Hot (which were fried with the eggs) wrapped in a whole wheat wrap. My brother likes his with ketchup but I use Frank’s Red Hot sauce for a little extra kick. Chorizo also works really well with this recipe. Hint: the more cream you add to the eggs and the more you fold them while they’re in the pan, the fluffier they become.
2. Red Hot Mac n’ Cheese – Instead of using bacon, add diced Red Hots that were previously fried in a skillet so the skin has that nice crisp. I use boxed mac n’ cheese – either Kraft or Velveeta (which is better if you like a creamer cheese sauce).
3. Red Hots and Beans – My mom usually makes hot dogs and beans with pepperoni slices. Though I haven’t tried this one yet, I would imagine it tastes just as good as when it is made with plain hot dogs.
These “comfort food” recipes are quick and easy and are perfect for a snowed in kind of day – or every day .