When I want to make a meal that I know everyone will love, I make Hot Dogs & Potatoes. It’s just what it sounds like and my family LOVES it. It’s my husband’s favorite meal. I’ll leave the kitchen window open as this cooks, and my husband will actually come running into the house when he smells what’s for dinner!
This is a recipe that comes from my mother-in-law. She has a whole stash of simple, hearty casseroles and one-skillet recipes that are crowd-pleasers. When I get stressed out cooking for my family of five, I just think about her preparing meals for her family of 7!
I’ll admit, when I first heard about this recipe I just didn’t get it. How could just hot dogs and potatoes cooked up together be Adam’s most favorite childhood meal? In fact, some of his oldest friends have told me about how they loved to eat over when his mom made this meal. Really, I thought? And then I tried it…and I have to admit, it’s pretty darn tasty! I serve it with a big green salad to try to balance out the fact that it’s not the lightest of meals.
Making Hot Dogs and Potatoes
This is about as basic a recipe as you can make. It’s impossible to mess this up. About the only thing you could do is let it get too browned, but my husband loves the extra crispy, burnt pieces the best!
This recipe is super flexible! Make as little or as much as you need since there are only two ingredients: potatoes and hot dogs.
Start by scrubbing and chopping some russet or white potatoes into bite sized cubes. No need to peel! In a large non-stick skillet, heat a little oil over medium-high heat. (Nana makes this recipe in an electric skillet, which is a great if you’re cooking a large amount.)
Add the potatoes and cover, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper the potatoes to taste. Allow to cook about 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are browned and softened.
Next, slice the hot dogs into bite-sized pieces and add to skillet. I love to use Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dogs. Cook about 10 minutes more, allowing hot dogs to heat through and brown.
That’s it! Serve it hot from the pan. We tell everyone who tries this meal, it’s just not the same unless you top it off with ketchup! This is ultimate kid-friendly food!
- 6-8 medium white or russet potatoes
- 8 hot dogs
- 2 T. cooking oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Wash and pat dry the potatoes. Chop into bite sized cubes.
- In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the potatoes to skilet and cover, stirring frequently. Salt and pepper the potatoes to taste.
- Allow to cook about 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are browned and softened.
- Meanwhile, slice the hot dogs into bite-sized pieces. Add to skillet. I l
- Cook about 10 minutes more, allowing hot dogs to heat through and brown.