Frankly, I love Frankies!

I recently made a recipe for a casual party that I hadn’t made in a long, long time — frankies, which are hot dogs cooked in a sauce of tomato sauce, onions, green peppers, garlic and chili powder.

I wondered if they would taste as good as I remembered from my childhood and it was a pleasant surprise that they did.  So, here’s the recipe, in case you would like to try them.


Prick 8 hot dogs all over with a fork and put them in the bottom of a heavy pan.  Add at least 16 oz. of tomato sauce, a chopped green pepper, a chopped onion, a minced clove of garlic (I used 1 T. from the jar) and 1 T. of chili powder.

Cook slowly so that all the flavors will blend into the sauce and until the sauce has thickened and the hot dogs are cooked.  Serve hot dogs in buns and cover with sauce.

I cut the hot dogs and buns in half because there were going to be quite a few children at the party and it would make them easier to handle. But it actually made it easier for everyone because they are a little messy, so I’ll probably do that from now on.  (Because I DO plan to make these again, now that I’ve rediscovered them.)

However, next time I make these Hubby has suggested that I try Italian sausages instead of hot dogs.  He frequently enjoys an Italian sausage sandwich at the golf course and he thinks the sauce is this same recipe.

And, of course, I’ll gladly try it because my cooking motto is, “No recipe is too good to be tinkered with”.  Just ask my friend, Linda about the perfect-just-as-written soup recipe she once gave me. 🙂

5 Responses to Frankly, I love Frankies!

  1. Linda says:

    They do look yummy!

  2. Sandra says:

    Linda — I admire your restraint. I fully expected you to have some pithy comment about the soup recipe! 🙂

  3. Hilary says:

    I’m not fond of hotdogs but have to admit that sounds pretty good. I know Linda is still peeking in, so I’ll ask. One of you, please tell about the soup.

  4. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I bought italian sausages today to try this way. If you don’t like hot dogs, you might like those better.

    Re. the recipe. Linda wasn’t sure whether to laugh or be mad that I said I wasn’t impressed by the soup recipe she had given me … after I told her all the many changes I had made to it. So that is a running joke between her and me. I can make her laugh when I say very seriously that I always follow recipes EXACTLY. 🙂

  5. Hilary says:

    Ahhh that is a laugh. I can just imagine it. 🙂

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