Fancy Hot Dogs

I had to laugh when I first heard about this recipe from my friend Heidi H. In fact, at first blush the thought of it was not particularly appetizing. You take slices of hot dogs, sauté them in butter with onions, and add sour cream. That’s it. Serve it with pasta. But then I recognized the brilliance. This is just a stroganoff, made with hot dogs, or sausages, instead of strips of beef. Heidi’s mom Jill used to make these so-called “fancy hot dogs” for her growing up and now Heidi makes it for her family. The kids love it. If you want to make a more grown-up version, use a fine German bockwurst instead of hot dogs. Heidi thinks her mom made it because it’s so easy on the budget. Which it is, but it also tastes great and cooks up quickly. Perfect for a mid-week, get-it-on-the-table, family meal.

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Fancy Hot Dogs Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4.

You can use any kind of hot dog. Kosher hot dogs are good. If you want to take the recipe up a notch, try it with a mild bockwurst sausage. If you are serving this dish to young children, cut the hot dogs into smaller, bite-sized pieces, as hot dog rounds can be a choking hazard for young children.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp butter (more if needed)
  • 6 standard sized hot dogs (plan 1-2 per person, or fewer if you are serving kids), sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Method

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1 Melt butter in a large skillet (cast iron works well for this purpose) on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions and sliced hot dogs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the hot dogs are nicely browned, 5-10 minutes.

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2 Add the sour cream and water, stir until creamy. Heat until steamy.

Serve with cooked egg noodles, elbow macaroni, or favorite pasta. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.

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34 Comments

  1. Stephanie

    You’re right – it doesn’t sound appetizing at first, but I’m intrigued. I don’t generally eat hot dogs because I try to avoid processed foods, but I have some mangalitsa sausage in the freezer that I might try this with. Or maybe I’ll dig out my old favorite comfort food, Hebrew National kosher dogs. Wow, I haven’t thought of those in years!

  2. garricks

    If you’re serving this to smaller children, please cut the hot dogs in half lengthwise before slicing them. If you leave them in rounds, they can get stuck in little throats.

    Be safe!

  3. Cooking with Michele

    One of my favorite meals as a kid was a pasta dish my mom would make by sauteing sliced hot dogs in a skillet, adding elbow macaroni and tomato soup, and simmering until done. Served with a bit of Parmesan (out of the can, of course) and we were in heaven!

  4. amy

    First time commenting – and very appropriate for (the day after) Mother’s Day…when I was a kid, my mom (who was actually a very sophisticated cook and not someone you’d typically think of as cooking with hot dogs)used to make a quick dish for my siblings and I dubbed ‘Frankfurter Goulash.’ Her family was Hungarian and it was basically exactly what the name says: a stew with tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, lots of paprika, etc. served over buttered egg noodles – like a super easy and inexpensive version of the classic. We loved it. I haven’t eaten – or even thought of it – in literally 30 years. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  5. Renni

    Wow! My sons are going to love this recipe. My aunt used to do something similar but with spaghetti sauce and noodles. This is definitely going to be a kid friendly dish. Thanks for sharing.

  6. mareza

    yup….Filipino spaghetti is sweet from ketsup and spagetti sauce and with hotdog. They also sell them at Mc Donald’s in the Philippines.

  7. Pat Matson

    Hey, sounds good! This made me laugh, though. When I was married 40 some years ago, my highly inventive husband made macaveggieweenie casserole one night for our dinner. On package of hot dogs sliced; one pkg of frozen mixed veggies; one box kraft macaroni and cheese. Hilarious…. kinda like Fancy Hot Dogs!

  8. David

    Just caught part of a show on TV the other day (I think it was on TLC). It was called the “Ten Best Sandwiches”.

    In the part of the show that I saw, only one sandwich really stuck with me and made me curious to try it out, it was a smoked bologna sandwich.

    –And what is bologna except a really big hotdog?

    It was actually a fairly simple sandwich, a large slice of smoked bologna served with coleslaw piled on top of it.

    Now that the weather is warming up I thought I might pull out my Barbecue* and some apple wood,
    buy a bologna chub and try it out.

    *I don’t have a smoker, but I have found that with a little work I can use my barbecue as a workable alternative.

  9. Sheila(Strawberry CAKE)

    WOW, I guess I need to open my mind up to a whole new world for hot dogs! I might just try this one, but I have to admit at first it made me a little woosie.

  10. Jason

    A former girlfriend served me a dish like that once, except she used Hillshire Farms smoked sausage instead of hot dogs. It was good, but very heavy on the stomach — more of a fall/winter meal.

  11. Lisa_S

    My mom had this recipe in a Women’s Club or PTA cookbook. It sounds terribly strange, but it is quite good. You can make it in about half an hour, but it dirties 3 pans. I like to slice the hot dogs very thinly so you get a bit in every bite. The cabbage won’t carry the salt of the dogs well so a bit of hot dog in every bite keeps you from adding more salt.

    Ingredients
    1 (12 ounce) package hot dogs, sliced
    1 small head of cabbage, chopped chunky (any kind except Savory)
    1 green pepper, chopped chunky
    1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon garlic, minced (3-4 fresh cloves)
    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    1 tablespoon ground cumin
    1-2 teaspoon hot sauce (4-5 good shakes)
    2 cups cooked white rice
    2 cups cooked cabbage water
    1 tablespoon cooking oil (olive, canola, or vegetable)
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)

    Directions
    1. Chop the cabbage into bite-sized pieces and put it in a pot with water (nearly cover the cabbage with water) and boil 7 minutes or until cabbage is about el dente.
    2. Do not throw away the cabbage water!
    3. Cook the rice now too.
    4. Saute the onions, garlic, green pepper, and hot dogs in the cooking oil until the onions start to become transluscent and the hot dogs brown a bit.
    5. Add cumin, black pepper, and garlic and saute another 30 seconds.
    6. Add the tomato paste and 1 cup of the cabbage water.
    7. Add in the cooked cabbage and mix it up. It should be a little saucy, if it isn’t, add more of the cabbage water.
    8. Let this simmer 10-15 minutes.
    9. Add the tabasco sauce.
    10. Serve over hot rice.

    Thanks Lisa! ~Elise

  12. Renee

    Hot dog stroganoff – my husband and kids will love it!!! It won’t be my favorite, but adding sour cream will make it just fine! Also, this is a PERFECT recipe to send to a friend whom I am teaching to cook!

  13. Connie

    I put hot dogs in spaghetti too.

  14. Heather

    Yum – will try this! My mother frequently made (and now I make) another “gourmet” hot dog dish. Based on the number of people you’re serving: several strips of bacon cooked, removed and crumbled/set aside, hotdogs and onions sauted in a bit of reserved bacon fat, chopped peeled and cooked potatoes added and browned together, bacon added back in and cider vinegar drizzled over the whole thing. Finsihed off with finely chopped parsley. This was one of our favorite “comfort food” meals growing up!

    Yum. That’s like a German potato salad with weiners thrown in. ~Elise

  15. Diane

    My mother made the Italian version, especially at the end of the month. Hotdogs were sliced lengthwise into eighths, fried and then simmered in her homemade spaghetti sauce. We loved them!

  16. Anna

    I have an easy baked cabbage and sliced smoked Polish sausage (kielbasa) recipe that works just as well with sliced franks (I buy old-fashioned humanely-raised uncured pork franks with real casings from Beelers). Franks/hot dogs have gotten a bad rap because they been cheapened so much with extenders, unhealthy additives, and industrial processing. Good traditional franks (not easy to find, though) shouldn’t be served only to kids.

  17. Jane

    My mom used to make this for our family too – back in the 1950’s. Another version- slice the hotdogs and fry with sliced onions, mabe a bit of minced garlic and some thin sliced green pepper. Add ketchup and a little watter to make a nice sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes. Yummy!

  18. Suzan Wenzlick

    My Grandmother always made scalloped potatoes and Hot dogs at least once every three weeks. I loved it and this is the only way I will eat Hot dogs to this day.

  19. Anelle

    We’ve had stroganoff most of my life made very similar to this. Never with strips of beef, though. Mom made it when we were younger with onions and ground beef. When I became a vegetarian, I started changing it to all kinds of forms. Tofu, broccoli, just plain onion, peas, etc. The stroganoff base really lends itself to a ton of different flavors if you’re bold enough to try them!

  20. Lisa

    Do yourself and your tastebuds a favor and order hot dogs from Hoffmann Sausage in Syracuse, New York. I grew up eating these and when I finally moved from the area, I couldn’t believe what passed in the world as “hot dogs”!!

  21. Tres Amie

    This sounds yummy! My mom used to make “Hot Dogs In The Round”. She would slice the dogs lengthwise in eighths then saute them with butter and onions until the onions were soft. She would add ketchup and brown sugar (balanced for sweet/sour as she wished) then serve them on hamburger buns! (The hot dogs will curl.) They were fun and different.

  22. Susan

    I lead a sheltered food life. My Dad ruled the menu and it didn’t include spaghetti, macaroni or hot dogs. We did have a few other processed items, just not those. Ruhlman has mac and beef from his past, similar to a dish that I first tasted at my MIL’s house. Now you have hot dogs from Heide’s past. You will not believe this, but my first hot dog was at my first baseball game..an A’s game; I was 27! I only sort of like them (too salty) at a ball game. Go Giants!

  23. P.

    Admittedly this sounded pretty ‘not good”, until the Stroganoff piece was mentioned; still I think I might use some sort of sausage before the hot dog part…but definitely interesting.
    On another hot dog note, the only way I could get my kids to eat scrambled eggs for breakfast when they were little, was to chop up hot dogs,or salami,saute’in butter, and add the eggs……voila! hot dogs for breakfast!

  24. Chandani

    I had been using stir fry version of hot dog. I am hot dog lover so I trying getting them into everything I eat. So I used to fry then with veggies for my noodle. I will certainly be trying fancy hot dog.

  25. Brenda

    Made this recipe tonight – was quick, easy and delicious. My 3 year old daughter loved it. But, like one of the earlier comments said, PLEASE BE SURE to cut the hot dog slices in half for small children so they don’t choke.

  26. Rob O.

    A staple item that we loved when I was growing up was Mom’s untitled hot dog & baked beans dish.

    She’d lightly sauté sliced hot dogs and then toss in a can or two of pork & beans, along with a hefty dollop of ketchup or tomato paste. Sometimes she dressed this up by sautéing some diced onions with the hot dogs. The dish simmered on the stovetop while she prepped the accompanying item – this was ALWAYS served with fresh, hot, buttered cornbread.

    Maybe this sounds awfully trailer trashy – and I’m certain that this was a meal born out of very real economic restrictions as much as anything else – but we loved it!

    Hi Rob, I too remember this dish. Love sliced hot dogs with pork and beans! ~Elise

  27. Jodi

    Our kids just might like this. I hated hot dogs when I was a kid. I get uncured nitrite-free hot dogs(frozen)from the health food store. They taste much better and since our little guys can’t get enough of them, we aren’t giving them chemical dogs.
    Hi Rob. I love homemade cornbread-any excuse to eat it goes over great with me. Even for breakfast.

  28. Janet

    I made this for lunch today and honestly…I wasn’t impressed, just tasted like greasy hotdog over noodles and it was kinda disgusting seeing the sour cream mix together with the meat grease but that’s just my personal opinion. I’ll stick to mac-n-cheese with slices of hotdog over “fancy hotdogs” any day.

  29. Randi

    We made this last night. I was skeptical but your recipes are always excellent so I thought we’d give it a try. My husband and my kids loved it. Thanks for a quick, easy and tasty meal!

  30. Glenda Booth

    I have been planning to try this since it was posted. Got to have some last night. REALLY liked it but would double the sauce!!

  31. Lulu

    I’m cracking up reading these comments. I grew up eating what I called “hot dog stew”. I always thought it was just a Brazilian thing, as I have seen it in the homes of many Brazilians. I think probably every Brazilian has their own recipe for this.
    The hot dogs are sliced like here, only instead of sour cream, the dogs are stewed in a tomato sauce with plenty of garlic and onions. “Fancier” versions might include peas and/or carrots and chopped fresh parsley.

    I had no idea Americans also make a version of this. lol

  32. Devin

    I’m a bit late to comment on this, but just wanted to say that I made (as my hubby called it) a “veggied-up” version of this a couple nights ago. It was delicious!

    I added mushrooms and green peppers to the onion and hotdog mixture. I also wilted in some baby spinach after the sour cream and water were added.

    I love all of your recipes and can’t wait to try more!

  33. Stacy

    I just made this last night using Garlic Sausage instead of hot dogs, and I added mushrooms to it as well. It was amazing! Even my one year old loved it. I put a little bit more sour cream, because I love sour cream, and put about a 1/2 tsp of Dill into the sour cream as well. Amazing!

  34. Reese

    Just made this tonight with kosher beef hot dogs and light sour cream. Serving with rice and brussels sprouts on the side — perfect for cold weather and kids! :-)

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