Friday, November 19, 2010

Family Recipe Friday: Stuffed Franks

My grandmother, Bonnie (Lambertson) Wright was always using leftovers in creative ways, according to my mother.  Perhaps this came from being raised during the Depression where you never wasted anything.  This recipe was a cheap meal to fix and easy, too.

This recipe is a great use for left over mashed potatoes.  It's a generational favorite, now being served to Bonnie's great-grandchildren.  Bonnie always served baked beans and wilted lettuce with stuffed franks.

  • 1 package of "hot dogs"
  • mashed potatoes cold
  • mustard
  • Velveeta cheese
  • paprika
Split each hot dog lengthwise.  Squirt mustard down the middle of each hot dog.  Fill with cold mashed potatoes.  Put 2 slices of Velveeta cheese lengthwise in the mashed potatoes.  Sprinkle with paprika.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and potatoes are hot.

There's also an interesting story to go with this recipe.  When my uncle, Terry Wright, had to give a demonstration speech in college he decided to demonstrate how to make stuffed franks.  When he made up the entire package of hot dogs, the professor asked him if that wasn't a lot of stuffed franks.  Terry replied, "I eat the entire package by myself."

Family Recipe Friday – is an opportunity to share your family recipes with fellow bloggers and foodies alike. Whether it’s an old-fashioned recipe passed down through generations, a recipe uncovered through your family history research, or a discovered recipe that embraces your ancestral heritage share them on Family Recipe Friday. This series was suggested by Lynn Palermo of  The Armchair Genealogist.


jwrigh10 said...

I love these things. I'm working on a healthy eating cookbook and, with a little modification, this meal can work. I added to the book. It is nice to have a family recipe in there. I think there are few more recipes I can use. I will be scouring your website!

jwrigh10 said...

I thought of this recipe while working on my menu guide for healthy eating. I have always liked this recipe and, with a little modification, I can make it work as a healthy food option. I'm going to scour your website for other family recipes. Thanks for all your hard work!