Gross Hot Dogs and Great Casseroles


Are hot dogs really made from pig snouts, chicken lips, meat scraps, or earthworms?

Worms on a Bun (Click the “earthworm” link above for the recipe.)

Absolutely not, but even if they were, I’d probably still eat them.

Okay, maybe I couldn’t eat this guy.

Actually, hot dogs are made from carefully selected meat trimmings, and according to the USDA, any added byproducts must be clearly listed on the ingredients label.

You can read “The Truth About Hot Dogs” as soon as you’re done here (or at least don’t let me know you left to read Jenny’s article), because what I really wanted to share with you was the great Corn Dog Casserole recipe I made this year for Farmer D’s family reunion.

Though Farmer D questioned my culinary choice for the day (because I generally make more “special” dishes for reunions and get-togethers), the Corn Dog Casserole was a big hit…and very easy to make!

“Could someone pass the spicy mustard?”

Corn Dog Casserole

*adapted from Taste of Home

  • 2 c. thinly sliced celery
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 c. chopped onions
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh chives
  • 1-1/2 lbs. hot dogs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 c. milk
  • 2 tsp. ground sage (I used 2 Tbs. chopped fresh sage)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 boxes Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a 3-qt. casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. (I used a disposable foil pan so I didn’t have to lug a dirty dish home.)

In a small skillet, saute celery and onion in butter for 5 minutes. Add chopped chives; saute until vegetables are tender.

Remove veggies from skillet and place in large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Slice hot dogs (about 1/2-inch thick?). Saute in skillet for a few minutes until lightly browned. Add to celery mixture in bowl.

Set aside 1 cup hot dog mixture.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, sage, and pepper. Add the hot dog mixture. Stir in both boxes of corn muffin mix and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.

Spread the corn bread mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the reserved hot dog mixture and remaining cheddar cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serves 12.

Come back and let me know if you’ve tried this and what you thought.

If you have any other good hot dog recipes, I’d love to hear about them.

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