I love second hand bookstores and church sales – they’re great places to find old cookbooks. I recently came across the Retro Food Fiascos cookbook, in which I found – yes I did – a crown roast of frankfurters. I had to make one, of course.
A crown roast of frankfurters is perfect party fare – if you need something retro-cheesy for a party, or if your kids insist on hot dogs but you want something a little more upscale than a platter of dogs in buns.
To make a crown roast of frankfurters – also an option when you don’t want to fork out for the real thing – cut hot dogs lengthwise almost all the way through, then open them up like a book. You butterfly them, really. Then put them on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes, and as they cook they curl back, making them the perfect shape to surround a pile of coleslaw. The original recipe had the cabbage tossed with poppyseed, mounded in the middle and a cup of boiling water poured over, then baked in the oven. With the dogs! I opted to make a slaw with white balsamic and grainy mustard – of course you could use potato salad or mashed potatoes or any number of pile-able things to support your classy Crown Roast.
For family sports weekend fun, try Babble’s Hot Dogs wrapped in Bacon recipe!