Poppy Dogs

Every family has some type of delicacy that when others see it, they raise an eyebrow and think to themselves "eeeewwww..."

My family has Poppy Dogs.

They came by their name after my grandfather, who we called, of course, Poppy. Poppy Dogs are hotdogs, but the way they are prepared is what makes them special. They are also always served with real baked beans - cooked in the oven with salt pork, not out of the can.

They are delicious. They are also a staple of our menu while on any family vacation.

To prepare Poppy Dogs, simply slice the hotdogs down the middle and stuff them with brown sugar, yellow mustard, and horseradish and top them with slices of American cheese. Broil them in the oven until the tops get all browned and crispy.

I know it may sound odd to you, but they are delicious. I believe that they are unique to our family, but I guess it is possible that other people have something similar. You know that your family probably has interesting recipes like this, too... Admit it!

One of my favorite things to do on vacation while lounging at the pool or beach or even inside on a cloudy day is to read a book. Some friends may remember a particular float trip when I sat at the edge of the river the day before the float reading a book. May sound dorky, but nothing says leisure and luxury like lounging with a book.

I'm having lots of time on this vacation to immerse myself in the current book that I'm reading: Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. The book is excellent and it is the current read of the Check This Out book club blog. For those of you that are reading along with us, the discussion topics will probably be posted on the site by April 1st. Even if you've already read the book and want to add your thoughts, feel free!

Also, the next book we will be reading is Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs. It was recently made into a movie that looks pretty interesting. I want to give everyone a heads up so if you think that you'd like to read along with us, you can get your copy. You've got plenty of time to find a copy and read it; we probably won't post about it until the beginning of May since we haven't even posted about the current book yet. The more the merrier over at the book club blog; please join us!


Blogarita said...

Wonder if Poppy Dogs would be good on the grill...sounds like a great camping recipe.

We had something kinda like this as a kid. Mom would spread bread with butter, top it with pork and beans out of the can, a slice of American and slices of bacon, then broil it all 'til done. But, it never got quite as done as I would have liked and bread was soggy sometimes. I tried making them not long ago, using toast, beans, cheese and cooked bacon. It wasn't soggy, but for whatever reason, I just don't like them anymore...LOL! We didn't have a name for them, but it was something we had often on Sunday evenings, since we were still pretty full from our big "Sunday Dinner" around noon.

Jen, Fred, Jennifer or Mom said...

Em.....you are not alone, I love to read on vacation too. If I'm ever able to go on the float trip we can read together and have our own little book club!!!!

BTW.....hope you are enjoying Fall on Your Knees. I LOVE that book!!!!!

Oh and can I make some suggestions for future reads??????

rosemary said...

Well.....coming from an Italian family....my comfort food was lentils and little pasta with tons of garlic and butter. I can also think of a dozen ways my mom fixed salami. I always have a book with me, vacation or not. When I do travel I take 3 or 4 just in case...in case of what I don't know but I need those books.

Just a thought said...

Okay, now I am starving for some of those poppy dogs! I am really trying to watch what I consume, but I had to steal that little recipe of yours so I can make some of those up.

Maybe I could share some with the girls!

Warm weather is near and Spring Break is abound. I always try to have some kind of salad in the fridge for the warmer months, it is very refreshing for a meal. I love tuna salad and here are some of my favorite recipes even though they are not my own, I would like you to have them. I especially like the one with the apples, but I don't add dill to mine. I hope you like them :)

Easy and Healthy Tuna Salad

Ben O. said...

Haven't read that "Running with Scissors" yet. Hope you enjoy it.

Ben O.

sista smiff said...

I told the Mister that we have got to try the Poppy Dogs. They look fabulous. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try those.