There are times when a fancy meal is not what I want. Sometimes I am hungry for the simplest of foods. Although this doesn’t happen very often, it does happen. Wiener Boats is definitely one of those meals.
This #throwbackthursday recipe is one that my mother used to make a couple of times a year. The recipe for Wiener Boats may have been made up by her. Then again it might have been found in the pages of a magazine touting easy and cheap meals for weeknight dinners.
No matter where or how the recipe came about I liked it as a child. Oddly enough I get a hankering for it and whip up some Wiener Boats for my family. The Hubs never complains and the girls cheer. Can you imagine people cheering for dinner?
Wiener Boats are made with the most basic ingredients. They are easy to make and budget friendly. What could be better?
These can also be full-fat, low-fat, or vegetarian. The possibilities are endless. While the original recipe was definitely the unhealthiest version it doesn’t have to be. It was also made with standard ingredients. That can be changed for taste and dietary preferences.
I have taken a somewhat primitive recipe from the 1970’s and made it into a near delicacy. With the choices we have in today’s groceries and markets the choices of hot dogs and cheeses can turn this easy dish into whatever you want it to be. Additionally you can use plain mashed potatoes or Elegant or Loaded mashed potatoes to up level this dish even more. I use homemade mashed potatoes, but instant are fine.
Garnishes are also very individual; diced onions, relish, crisp diced bacon are just a few. Side dishes can also be easy or elaborate; steamed broccoli pairs nicely as does Sauerkraut.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Wiener Boats as much as my family does. If you make it, let me know if your family cheers for you. Also, let me know what combinations you come up with.
- 8 hot dogs (Beef, turkey, vegetarian, etc.)
- 4 servings mashed potatoes
- 4 ounces cheese (sliced thin or shredded)
- 4 slices American cheese (halved)
- Optional garnishes: diced green onion (diced white onion, ketchup, mustard, crisp diced bacon)
- Optional garnishes: diced green onion, diced white onion, ketchup, mustard, crisp diced bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Slice each hot dog lengthwise, without cutting through the bottom.
- Lay sliced hot dogs on prepared baking sheet
- Lightly press the hot dogs apart. The attached bottom should act like a hinge.
- With a spoon place about 1/8 of the mashed potatoes in each hot dog. Cover the inside of the hot dog from end to end. Lightly press the potatoes firmly into the hot dog with the back of the spoon.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove baking sheet from oven. Cover potatoes with cheese.
- Return to oven for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melty and hot dogs and potatoes are hot through.
- Serve with optional garnishes.