As a German, I feel that the humble hot dog is seen as a junk type food in the UK, only ever eaten in a hot dog bun with tomato sauce and mustard.
While yes, hot dogs are delicious and you can add all sorts of stuff on it like chilli, Sauerkraut or mayonnaise, we forget the multi purpose of these delicious wieners.
In Germany, hot dogs, or more commonly referred to as simply “Wurst” (sausage) are often used in soups and stews. That sounds like quite a trashy American-y thing, right? Well it tastes rather good and is so easy to make you’ll wonder how you haven’t utilised that sausage sooner. Sometimes you can find smoky, cooked Polish sausages in the shops and they are great for this as well.
- 4 Hot Dogs or Frankfurters – sliced
- 3 medium potaotes – cubed
- 2 medium carrots – sliced
- 1 onion – chopped
- Parsley – chopped
- 1 Leek – sliced (optional)
- 2 fistfuls of sliced kale (optional)
- 1.5 liters chicken stock
Gently fry onions and hot dogs in a large saucepan for about 5 mins. Add potatoes, carrots and leeks. Fry for a further 5 mins. Add the hot sock and let it simmer for 30 mins. Add the kale and simmer for another 15 mins until the kale is tender. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Add Parsley last and serve up.
This can be made in bulk and because it’s a one pot meal, cooking it mid-week is easy!