Corn Pancakes with Hot Dog Sauce and Tangy Marshmallow Pie

Posted on Jul 14 2010 - 11:44am by RetroRuth

Okay, okay, first things first. Before we get to the corn/hot dog mess, I have to ask: Have you entered our Mid-Century Menu Worst Recipe contest yet? No?  Then you should!!! The deadline for entry is TOMORROW at midnight! Email your entry to me at .  The prize, besides getting to watch Tom choke down your submission, is a fantastic vintage Pyrex casserole crammed with goodies.  I love it!  Send us the most disgusting thing you can find!

Okay, now on with the show.

This week Tom and I are cooking from Good Housekeeping’s Clock Watchers, a rather strange book that boasts recipes for pantry and shortcut foods to make dinner prep faster.  Think…Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee. Except scarier. 

We picked up this book in St. Germain, Wisconsin at a local thrift store.  It was Tom’s way of bribing me to camp in the rain.  That and a double-scoop ice cream cone with two different flavors of ice cream.  Yeah, I’m easy. So what??

Anyway, this book was published in 1967 by Good Housekeeping, and is really scary.  You can just tell by looking at the cover.  The onion slices poking out of that bun just scream, “We are disgusting! Don’t eat us!” 

So we picked out some winners, if I do say so myself.

I hate it when they split the recipes onto two different pages. Gah!

Anyway, our course was clear, and we were off!

No, your eyes don’t deceive you.  That is Miracle Whip in there.  I assume that is what the recipe meant by “cooked salad dressing”.  Someone tell me I am wrong. Please!

First, the corn pancakes with hot dog sauce. Just so you know, the only thing that got me through this was one word. Corndog. I was hoping this might just be alright.

I just skipped right to the finished white sauce, cheese melted in and hot dogs added.  How many times can you watch me make white sauce?

Corn pancakes, made from a mix.

Aaaaand, the moment the meal is ruined.  Adding Miracle Whip to the hot dog sauce.

Buwa-ha ha ha ha, oh my god. Have  you ever seen anything so gross? Gah!

But you have to wait to see Tom eat it.  First we have to make some weird pie.

Look at that terrible crust!!! Man, I need to do a better job. Maybe if I started cooking BEFORE 9 at night…maybe…

The pie, trying to hide in the fridge.

Okay, now we can make Tom eat the pancakes!

The disgusted recoil.  I love it!

“The texture and taste of this sauce is absolutely disgusting.’

“Oh, it can’t be that bad.”  I took a bite.  He was right.  The texture of the sauce was off and tasting disgustingly like hot Miracle Whip. The hot dogs and corn pancakes weren’t actually that bad of a combo, but the sauce made it disgusting. I choked down most of my first serving, and then gave up.  I buttered some of the un-hotdogged pancakes, drowned them in maple syrup and watched Tom heroically eat almost the entire meal.

The Verdict: Gross. The pancakes and hot dogs MAY have been okay, but the hot Miracle Whip put it over the edge into disgusting country. Do NOT try this at home, kids.

Oh – were you waiting to see Tom eat that weird pie?? Oh, silly me, I forgot to mention that I will be posting photos of Tom trying the pie tomorrow on our Facebook page!  You had better be there to see the action! Oh, and friend us too, for cripes sake!  We are starting to look kinda pathetic!

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11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Andrea July 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Sadly, if it weren’t for the Miracle Whip, my hubby would probably be all over that meal, LOL, he’s never met a hot dog he didn’t like, it seems!

    I will get my contest entry in today!

  2. Miss Marwood July 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Delightful! I love the book cover! Especially how the fork is rammed with such force into that poor muffin, as if it wants to say “You better eat my dinner or else!!!”
    The sausages in mayo have thoroughly put me off dinner
    … but I’d like some pie, please! 🙂

  3. Lorie B July 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Was one of the original to friendship you on facebook. I am an addict…what can I say.

    Now…as to that meal. NASTY! I can only take corndogs once a year….at fair. Otherthan that, ewww. And throw in the Miracle Whip. Shudder.

    Your sweet man MUST have a cast iron stomach and nuclear taste buds.

  4. Modern Suzie July 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I am sad to say that I can’t mention this recipe to my husband because he would probably want me to make it (he loves Miracle Whip, hot dogs and cheese).

  5. Barbara July 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I can’t understand why they didn’t leave well enough alone – I mean, hot dogs in a cream sauce is disgusting enough (very cheap s**t on a shingle), but to add flavored mayo to it…ew barf.

    Dang, I have to get my recipe into you!!

  6. Sara in AZ July 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Hmmmmmm, cooked salad dressing – I guess you could have tried Thousand Island! 🙂 JK!!! Can’t wait to see the pie pics!

  7. twobarkingdogs July 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm - Reply


    For some cooked salad dressing:

  8. Kelly July 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    My god! You two were in for the double whammy on that meal!

    Your food photos always end up so good. Don’t you get food all over the camera like I do? My food photos are generally a hot mess.

  9. Annie B. July 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Hot dogs and salad dressing? People actually ate that? Did they glow in the dark?

    I think the pages of the cookbook would taste better than this meal!
    And marshmallows? They all should be stomped flat, as far as I’m concerned. The synthetic synthetic.

    Bless Tom. You’ve gotta love a man who would eat that triple-decker monstrosity. He’s a keeper, Ruth!

    Thanks for the fun!!!!

  10. Amy July 19, 2010 at 3:52 am - Reply

    man your hubby sure is brave! I shuddered when I read the recipe contents – eww

  11. Magnarama July 24, 2010 at 8:25 am - Reply

    The very phrase “Frankfurter Sauce” is an instant classic. It should become code for Worst Food Ever.

    I keep expecting one of these meals to finally push Tom over the edge, and to hear him announce he’s going vegan.

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