Hot dogs don't get a lot of credit. Most people see it as a simple food. You put one on a stick and heat it over the fire. That's it. Well, hot dogs actually have a lot of flexibility, and you can easily find some new ways to server them up.
Hot Dog Foil
Odds are you are still going to be using hot dogs as a quick lunch, just a way to feed a bunch of people quickly. Well, I think a lot of people get that wrong. They might boil them, which is boring. Or they might just put them on sticks and heat them. The best way to cook hot dogs, especially many of them, is with tin foil. For each serving take a hot dog bun, add a hot dog, and add whatever else you want. Cheese, onions, jalapenos, peppers, and so forth. Then wrap them in foil and heat them over a fire for 20 minutes. You can easily make twenty of these, feeding many people.
Hot Dog Chili
This is a very tasty, filling meal. You can really add whatever you want to it, but these ingredients give you a good core to work with. Hot dogs add an interesting flavor and quality that will make this chili stand out.
1 Can of Chili (15 oz)
3 Hot Dogs
First, cook up the potatoes. You can boil them or fry them. Cut them into bite sized chunks. In a large pot over the fire, cut up the hot dogs into chunks and heat them. Here you can add some butter, pepper, salt, and seasonings. Cook this until it is brown. Then you can add the can of chili. If you want a more balanced flavor, look to add some tomato paste first. If you do this, you can add either barbecue sauce or peanut butter, about 3 tablespoons. This gives a thick consistency to the chili. Now add the potatoes and let that heat up. Once you bowl it up, you can add cheese, sour cream, or hot sauce to it as you see fit.
Hot Dog Dessert
I know. Hot dogs. As dessert. I know. But just hear me out. This seems to be a favorite amongst children, perhaps it's because their underdeveloped taste buds? Maybe they just like the idea of hot dogs for dessert? Anyway, here is the recipe.
Boil up a batch of hot dogs. Lay out the flour tortillas. Add a spoonful of peanut butter and a hand full of chocolate chips. Place the hot dog in the center and roll up the tortilla. Grill the tortilla so the peanut butter and chocolate chips can melt. If you have powder sugar, sprinkle some on and serve.
Hot dogs can be a versatile ingredient. When you apply the right ingredients to them and cook them just right, we can make very surprising meals, even while at the campsite.