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Tuesday, August 17. 2010
Two tasty treats
Never enough recipes!
Well, alrighty then!
Doc's Surprise Spaghetti
This is a fabulous trick to play on your friends. They'll sit there raving over the sauce, convinced they've had it before, but they just can't qui-i-i-ite place it.
— Use 1-to-1 ratio, Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce to pure tomato sauce
— Include all usual spaghetti stuff
— Serve while piping hot!
The Sloppy Joe by itself is a bit strong, so it needs to be watered down with the pure stuff. It goes especially well if you're including meatballs since it's designed as a hamburger meat sauce from the get-go. What makes it fun is that it's already pretty close to 'real' spaghetti sauce, and in context — on top of spaghetti noodles — one really wants to believe it's a 'real' spaghetti sauce — but it's just different enough that you know it's not.
Extra Points: If someone actually has the light bulb go off and suddenly says "Sloppy Joe??", look them dead in the eye and go, "Huh?" They'll immediately back down, embarrassed by their wild supposition.
Mrs. Willis' Secret Hot Dog Sauce
This is a hand-me-down. It's kind of the hot dog version of "sweet & sour sauce". Ultra-scrumptious.
This is based on beef or pork franks; not sure how it'd go with turkey, etc. Goes best with real hot dog buns.
— Slit hot dogs lengthwise, fry in skillet
— Pour enough ketchup into cup to heavily slather dogs
— Mix in two teaspoons of white sugar for per half-cup of ketchup
— Mix in 1/4 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce per half-cup
— Mix in three or four drops of Tabasco sauce per half-cup
— After dogs are cooked, turn down to low and slather on sauce. Turn dogs, let simmer in sauce, slather back side, turn again. Let simmer for 3 or 4 minutes per side so sugars will caramelize
— Start buns toasting in oven
— Place dogs on plate or buns, spoon the remaining sauce from the pan onto dogs
— Blow everybody's mind
Serve with Tater Tots and maybe some green beans or baked beans. Goes extra well with Coke and BBQ chips.
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Thank you for your heartfelt comment, old friend. It's time like this when we bloggers know our efforts are all worth it.
I, er, presume you meant the first? Ever heard the old expression, "the proof of the spaghetti sauce is in the tasting"? Goes even better over egg noodles.
Sounds like camping recipes.... or ones when stuck out on the bay a bit, hunger strikes, and nobody wants the same old Dinty Moore. Necessity truly is a mother......
Coincidentally enough, I had some dee-licious Dinty Moore Beef Stew not twenty minutes ago for lunch. I just have the potatoes and carrots for lunch, saving the meat for dinner. It's almost as if it's two completely different meals.
(Yes, bachelors are a desperate bunch)
I don't miss recipes on this blog at all... especially if these are them.
Seriously - it's not that much more effort to make real bolognese sauce. You're still opening tomato-ey cans.
"especially if these are them."
Gotcha. Hold on a sec.
Okay, I wrote down "No more recipes for Ben David".
So, will there be anything else?
Sounds good Doc, but it sounds like too much effort for this bachelor.
These are not Obama fare,but sound tasty for the budget conscious huddled masses.
Thanks for all of the great posts.
I learned an excellent way to disguise vegetables.
Use a Salad Shooter or similar tool to chop up carrots, preferably the sweeter baby carrots. Mix with golden raisins and vanilla yogurt (any flavor you like, actually). Tastes like a dessert. Vanilla yogurt is surprisingly good at disguising raw broccoli as well. Bon appetit.
Fortunately I like to cook as my expanded waist line will attest, and I'm willing to try most things at least once. I may even try that manwich thing for a lark.... That certainly would be a different method, besides I wouldn't have to thaw out one of my stack of frozen spaghetti sauce. containers. Plus it sounds like a recipe to try out on my jeep buddies next month.
Perfect. "Jeep buddies", by definition alone, means they eat cool things like sloppy joes, so they'll be an excellent mark. As I said, once it's on top of a pile of noodles, the 'context' really changes and it's hard as hell to identify.
Capt. Tom's Macroni and Cheese
Open pre-cooked Kraft Mac 'n Cheese container.
Microwave until hot.
Let cool to touch or eat hot.
Spam on Ritz crackers. Served with copious amounts of alcohol. Delicious!!
Ouch! Where were you when this came out? You might have taken 3rd place!
Putting ketchup on a hot dog is an abomination. The very thought makes me shudder.
Well, okay, but-
1. By the time this stuff gets blasted with sugar, Worcester, tobasco and then caramelized, I'm not so sure "ketchup" is the operative word anymore.
2. What would you say if someone said that putting mustard on a hamburger was an abomination?
And then there's that darn relish crowd!
Heh, yo, Doctah Murc! Weren't you telling us just a post or three down not to go stuffing garlic bread in the oven 'cause its a big waste of electricity? Now you want us to stuff hot dog rolls in the oven? Nuke the nasty things or toss 'em in a toaster oven or sumpin.
Nuke bread?? Say, here's an idea. You like fried egg sandwiches? Put an egg between two slices of bread and nuke it on 'High' for 3 1/2 minutes. The shell miraculously pops off the egg just as the bread toasts to a golden brown, ready for a delicious breakfast or lunchtime treat.
"What would you say if someone said that putting mustard on a hamburger was an abomination?"
No. In fact, it's the secret ingredient in the famous 'In-and-Out Animal Style' burgers. See this article about making one at home:http://tinyurl.com/3ynaqul
By the way: My dad, a victim of the Depression, told me that people used to order a cup of hot water from the waitress and put ketchup in it to make ersatz tomato soup.
The way things are going...