This week we are conquering this little snack I’ve been wanting to make for a long time.

Just a little snack.

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A little Franko Snack!

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Franko Snack - Party Plans For Food And Games, 1956

 5 hot dogs, sliced pennywise
 12 oz. package corn muffin mix
 2 cups shredded processed cheese
 salted peanuts, oregano or garlic salt

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Prepare corn muffin mix according to directions on the package. Spread in a 15.5 by 10.5 by 1-inch jelly roll pan rubbed with shortening. Arrange hot dog slices over prepared corn muffin mix. Top with peanuts, oregano or garlic salt. For variety, you may use all three, topping one-third of the pan with each one. Sprinkle cheese all over. Back in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has browned. Cut into bars 1 by 3 inches and serve hot.
Yield: 50 pieces, 1 inch by 3 inches

Ingredients

 5 hot dogs, sliced pennywise
 12 oz. package corn muffin mix
 2 cups shredded processed cheese
 salted peanuts, oregano or garlic salt

Directions

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Prepare corn muffin mix according to directions on the package. Spread in a 15.5 by 10.5 by 1-inch jelly roll pan rubbed with shortening. Arrange hot dog slices over prepared corn muffin mix. Top with peanuts, oregano or garlic salt. For variety, you may use all three, topping one-third of the pan with each one. Sprinkle cheese all over. Back in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has browned. Cut into bars 1 by 3 inches and serve hot.
Yield: 50 pieces, 1 inch by 3 inches

Franko Snack

This recipe is from a book titled Party Plans For Food And Games, which was published by Swift in 1956. Swift is known for processed meats and cheeses. And, as you can tell by the title of this book, it is a book that has lots of party recipes in it that contain processed meats and cheeses. Now, I’m not sure why this recipe caught my eye specifically, as there are a few winners in this book, but for some reason, the idea of making a big pan of corn dog bread appealed to me.  I enjoy seeing the corn dog idea in different forms. Ahem.

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Plus, I thought the kids would really get a kick out of this one.

Which would mean that they might actually eat it? Honestly, Alex is no problem, but…TJ. TJ!!! He is so picky right now.

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But he does like cornbread and hot dogs. He hasn’t been a big fan of corn dogs themselves, but I hoped having them flat might help.

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And I just might have wanted to cut hot dogs into polka dots again. Ahem.

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And no, Velveeta cheese does not shred. DOES. NOT. I should have stuck it in the freezer! You would think after years of this I would remember that.

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Here is ready to bake up. The “shredded” Velveeta is on, and it has garlic salt, oregano, and peanuts on each third. For testing purposes.

And, just for the sake of science, I tried to get the cheese to brown.

The cheese never browned.

Then Tom came into the room and looked upon what I had made.

“This has American cheese on it.”

“Velveeta, actually.”

“Gross.”

“You can’t say that until you taste it.”

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“This is going to be gross!”

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“Actually, this isn’t too bad. It just tastes like a corn dog. With American cheese on it.”

The Verdict: Cheesy Corn Dog Squares

From The Tasting Notes –

I thought this was a fun one. Is it gross? No. Is it hilarious looking? Yes.  Yes, it is. I think it really ended up looking exactly like 1950’s party food. This would be a great one for a birthday party or a picnic. In the end, it just tasted like corn dogs, except the wiener pennies were a little chewy from being browned. (Take notes, Velveeta!)  The garlic salt section was a little too savory for me. The oregano section wasn’t great. I was actually surprised at how much I liked the peanut section. If I were to make this again, I would just sprinkle on the peanuts over the whole thing. I might even leave off the cheese. Maybe I would have a better chance of Tom eating more of it, so I wouldn’t have to try and eat a whole pan of corn dog bread by myself.

Also, it should be noted that both the kids did not like this at all. I’m not sure if it was the shape or the extra stuff sprinkled on top, but they were not in the mood for these. TJ actually spit his bite out a notable distance in retaliation.