Being on a high protein diet most of the time, I am a huge fan of the Family Pak that you can order from Falvo’s Meat Market in Slingerlands, NY. I only eat hot dogs once, maybe twice a year, so I’ve hit my yearly quota on how much hot dogs I can stomach in a given year, so I had no idea what to do with the hot dogs that come in the Family Pak.
Taking a page out of the books of my favorite hot dog eateries in the area, I decided to do a chili dog with cheese (no buns). I did it with no recipe, so I winged it with what I had in my freezer and pantry.
I diced and sauteed a small onion in a pot with about a tablespoon of olive oil (along with salt and pepper).
I added the ground chuck (also procured as part of the Family Pak from Falvo’s) to the pot, and browned the meat.
I added some spices (I don’t remember how much of each) and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then I added the beans (drained and copiously rinsed) and chicken broth (about 2/3 of the carton), and allowed this to cook down. (I also added about 1/2 tablespoon of my Ghost Chili sauce.)
While the meat sauce cooked down, I dealt with the hot dogs. I actually took the effort to split the hot dogs and cook them on a lightly oiled griddle.
I griddled these guys until there was some color on them.
I made a bunch of portions in my finest pieces of plasticware. I added four of my hot dog pieces, about 1/2 cup of the meat sauce, and a slice and a half of Monterey Joe Cheese.
When life hands you hot dogs, you make things with hot dogs. (Adapted from Hank Kingsley)