Depression Era - Fried Potatoes and Hot Dogs

If you haven't watched any of Clara's Depression Era Videos on You-tube, then you are in for a treat. This Italian grandmother shares some of her families recipes, during the depression. Many of the same recipes, she shares - my own family used when times were hard. Or maybe they became a family favorite. I know that some of these are just "comfort foods" that bring back good memories of growing up, or eating at my Grandma's house.

Fried Potatoes and Hot Dogs, my mom would fix regularly. I think it was a meal stretcher - she'd throw in this economic meal in the middle of the week, open up a can of pork and beans or corn and we had a tasty meal. Now Clara refers to this meal as "The Poor Man's Meal".

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 My version of this, is similar but I don't add the tomato sauce (neither did my mom) I use Hebrew National hot dogs - or Costco dinner franks. (or kielbasa, Italian sausage or hot links)  You could even use Spam, if you like it. (I never have) Of course if this is a FOOD BANK MEAL, with food items you've been given, any type of "frank" will do.

I use onions and garlic - lots of it.

And remember, if this is a FOOD BANK MEAL - you cannot afford to be a Food Snob if the food is free.  





10 comments:

  1. We used to make this with potatos, hotdogs and cheese.

    Thanks for the alternative!

    I'm following your blog.

    Regina
    www.thecrazynutsmom.com

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  2. This looks good! & that is the cutest vlog...I watched the whole thing. Thanks for following - (following back) www.AugustMagnolia.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh ps. I LOVE friendship bread and have been wanting a "starter" recipe...yay!

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  4. Wow I had no idea this was a depression recipe. I make this all the time with smoked sausage.. and now that I think about it it probably came from my great grandmother who lived through the depression.

    Great blog! I found this one through the Vintage Bloomer.. Following now :) Have a great week!

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  5. This is one of the best videos I watched in a long time. Reminds me of my own grandmother. Great cook too.

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  6. I remember eating this as a kid. I slight mexican-american variation is the addition of a simple red salsa (crushed hot peppers, onions, garlic, and tomato sauce) and flour tortillas. So good!!! Thanks for the video!

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  7. I remember having this dish as a kid. A mexican-american variation is having this dish with a red salsa (crushed red peppers, little onion and garlic, and tomato sauce) and flour tortillas. So good!. Now I feed my kids this dish when budget is tight. Thanks for the video!

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  8. First time watching your videos. Love them. You are the sweetest ever. <3

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  9. My Italian Mom used to make hot dogs, onion, potatos and green pepper as well. My brother and I loved it and ate it right up.

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  10. have been eating hot dogs potato's and eggs for years. The eggs takes it over the top real gourmet.

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