Curly Franks, 1964 – A Mid-Century Recipe Re-Run

Posted on Oct 7 2015 - 3:40am by RetroRuth

‘Tis the season of frights and spooks and Halloween mayhem! For October I thought I would highlight some the the more…creep-tastic of our recipes. Some of these were supposed to be Halloween-themed, and some of them just happen to turn out like that. This is a good example of the latter. This wormy hot dog main dish would be hilarious served at your Halloween bash, and though the suggested sauce is edible it is a bit bland, so feel free to spice it up however your heart desires. Buahahaha!!! I mean..enjoy!

Soooo…I am not exactly sure what happened to this dish. All I know is that it turned out pretty hilarious.

This is a pile of curled up hot dogs.

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Yep.

This is Curly Franks!

2.0 from 2 reviews
Curly Franks
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound frankfurters
  • 1 can (10 ounce) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 T tablespoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Quarter frankfurters lengthwise in long strips. Combine remaining ingredients. Add sliced frankfurters and simmer for 10 minutes. Frankfurters will curl while cooking in the sauce.
  2. Serve over hamburger buns, small hero loaves or with thin spaghetti.

 

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These are the moments of Mid-Century Menu that I cherish: A whole pound of hot dogs sliced into quarters.

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As I looked at this mass of cut up hot dogs in tomato soup, I realized I should have saved this one for Halloween. I haven’t seen something look this much like a pile of worms since the canned green beans in Liver Pate En Masque. In fact, I am pretty sure that if you are having a Halloween party, you should break this bad boy out.

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In the serving suggestions for this recipe, you could either serve these on a bun or thin spaghetti. I didn’t have any thin spaghetti or buns, but egg noodles worked just fine. They also highlighted the worminess of this dish very, very well.

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“So, what do they taste like?”

“Cocktail weenies in sauce. Full-sized cocktail weenies.”

The Verdict: Looks Creepy, Tastes Bland

From The Tasting Notes –

Totally edible, even if it did look disgusting. We ate almost all of it for dinner. It ended up just tasting like tomato sauce, onion and hot dogs. Over all, pretty bland. I was glad that we ended up going with noodles instead of putting it on a bun, because it ended up having a lot of goopy sauce that wouldn’t have gone well on a bun. If you do decide to make these and eat them on a bun, use a slotted spoon to drain the worms…I mean…weenies, before you serve them.

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

  1. Amy October 7, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    My 4 year old, reading over my shoulder, said, “it looks like a brain.”

  2. Betsy Murgatroyd October 7, 2015 at 6:31 am - Reply

    This is a great low budget base recipe, for sure. I might add a can of Hunts seasoned tomato sauce and Campbell’s Mexican Style tomato soup.

  3. Dawn Gilmore October 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    You canmake hot dog octopusses by slicing the hot dogs into strips 2/3 of the way up, leaving the “tentacles” attached to the “body” so to speak.

    Heat in boiling water and the “tentacles” will curl up and out.

    Perch them on a bed of baked beans or mac and cheese for a Halloween supper for the kids.

  4. Ruth October 7, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    OMG! I think this is something my mom used to make for us when we were kids, back in the early 60’s! I think she used ketchup or something else, but we loved it. Maybe it was her way of stretching things since there were 6 of us kids and we were always hungry.

  5. Ruth October 7, 2015 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    OMG! I think this is something my mom used to make for us when we were kids, back in the early 60’s! I think she used ketchup or something else, but we loved it. Maybe it was her way of stretching things since there were 6 of us kids and we were always hungry.

  6. Holley Atkinson January 31, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    OMG. This looks VERY much like a recipe that was passed down from my mother to me and my siblings in the 1960s… Except that our version had cheese, and the whole thing was baked in a casserole. Check it out here: https://oldestvocation.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/on-food-from-tuna-fish-casserole-to-the-age-of-arugula/

  7. Sherry February 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    My mom made it too, but she cut the hot dogs in coins and browned them before adding the sauce. It was delicious and I loved it. Maybe I’ll make some!

  8. R Ryle M March 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I see this recipe working because it reminds me of Japanese and Filipino style spaghetti, both have hotdogs (sliced) and instead of tomato soup, they use ketchup as the other tomato product or for the Japanese version, just ketchup.

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