Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hot Dog Flowers: Definitely NSFV*

*NSFV= Not Safe For Vegetarians- although Jim thinks we could do this with a veggie dog, I suspect it only works with the extraordinary snout count in hot dogs.

When I was a wee child, there used to be a chain of Sir Beef Restaurants. As far as I know, there is only one left in this universe. This is a tragedy for two reasons:
  1. The jokes.
  2. They used to make these flowers out of hot dogs that boggled my wee mind. A picky eater like me could turn my nose up herds of hot dogs (or is that just one?), but a hot dog flower still gets me every time.
My dad, being an engineer, had to figure out how to make them at home. His efforts turned out much better than our flaming attempts at DIY microwave popcorn. It's not hard at all, and it's fun to watch if you don't mind cleaning the wurst spatter out of the microwave later.

If you like this hack or need a vegetarian palate-cleanser, check out how we slice apples.

***This is the independent, unsolicited opinion of the geek parents at Baby Toolkit, (c) 2008.


Veronica said...

So cute! What did you use for the center and the stem? Apples?

adrienne said...

cheese! though anything would work.

Michael Phillips said...

His efforts turned out much better than our flaming attempts at DIY microwave popcorn.

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one to try and fail at this particular task.
We had a Micro-Go-Round. That microwave safe plastic smells incredibly bad when it is on fire.
What's really sad is that we had an air popper. (I think this was before I learned how to make popcorn on the stove top, which is, by far, my favored method. (Well actually I have a kitchen gadget that acts like a stove top popper, but close enough.)

adrienne said...

We also had an air popper. It was scientific exploration.

I read a blog that claims it can be done:

(There's also a tempting recipe for homemade caramel corn there.)

adrienne said...

clickable link to angry chicken's caramel corn & DIY microwave popcorn post

Michael Phillips said...

I was actually following instructions out of a microwave cookbook. There was a triple failure point in my effort. I used a microwave with too low wattage, I had the micro-go-round in the microwave, and the casserole dish I used had feet, creating contact hot patches on the micro-go-round.

Pamela said...

Aw! That Sir Beef is in my hometown. I never got a hot dog flower there, though.

adrienne said...


Small world!

I'll try and visit the last one sometime soon to let you know if the hot dog flowers are still available. We always went to the one in North Park.

Joy said...

Does the hotdog actually curl itself up? This would fascinate even my most restless of knee-biters.

adrienne said...

Joy: Yep, it does curl on its own. Our microwave got too steamy to see the curling action, but we used to watch it happen when I was growing up. And no, I don't think I glow in the dark. :)