In honor of book club this week (yes, I’m in a book club. Wooo, nerds!!!) for which we’re reading a modern classic, I thought I’d make an updated version of one of the classic meals of my childhood.
Mom and Dad- this one’s for you.
I was a fairly picky eater as a kid. (Try to contain your shock and horror.) I wasn’t super picky or anything, but I wasn’t all that fond of vegetables or meat- unless it was fried and came out of a happy meal box, of course. One of the go-to dinners that my mom would make is one that I never refused. (Well, at least I don’t remember ever refusing it. I had my ornery moments as a child, so I’m sure I threw a fit and zipped my mouth shut at least once for this meal.)
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: Fried hotdogs, potatoes and onions.
Nope, it’s not the food equivalent of a hot yoga class, but it sure did taste good- arteries clogging and all. Basically the dish was prepared by combining chopped up hot dog, potato and onion in some butter in a fry pan and cooking until everything was softened.
Tonight, I made an updated (and healthier) version. I started with a meat upgrade. Remember the chicken sausage I bought at Trader Joe’s last week? I split them open and threw them on the grill. They’re already fully cooked (and minimally processed- I love you TJ’s) so all I needed to do was get some pretty grill marks going.
Mission accomplished. For the rest of the dish, I sliced a potato and about half of an onion fairly thinly and tossed them into a skillet with just a bit of oil on medium-low heat. Once they started to brown, I added a tablespoon or two of water to the pan and let them steam a bit (to soften). Once most of the water had cooked off, I cranked the heat to medium-high and added salt and pepper.
Oh man, even better than I remembered. The jalapeño in the sausage added a layer of flavor that I loved.
On the side, I roasted some broccoli tossed in a teeny bit of oil and sprinkled with Cajun seasoning in a 400° oven for about 20 minutes.
Incidentally, this is another updated classic from my youth. The only way I really remember broccoli from when I was a kid was boiled. I did not enjoy it. Once I started cooking for myself, I realized that I actually love broccoli! Just not boiled. 😉 I’m also not the only one who likes broccoli this way- Caitlin, Kath and Holly are also lovers of the roasted.
Now, where can I find some rainbow sherbet?
What were your favorite dishes growing up? Do you still make them now that you’re all growed up?