My friend Dorothy stopped by last week to pay me a long over due visit. It was a beautiful summer day and my plan was to have some lunch and sit by the pool.
Dorothy had been experiencing a series of health issues for the last few years, all of which no one could diagnosis. You know – the usual body rashes, anxiety and a gallbladder operation…..any of this sound familiar? Finally she found a Dr. that diagnosed her with gluten sensitivity. She asked me if she could come stay with me for a few days so I could teach her about the gluten-free world. Of course, I was eager to help!
Since it was a beautiful summer day and the grill was out, I decided to make hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. I made my friend Lilian’s potato salad as a side dish. I purchased some grass fed ground beef for the burgers and some goat cheese to top them, then served it on bed of mixed field greens with some BUBBIE’S sauerkraut. Easy and delicious.
I don’t eat Hot dogs often, but when I get in the mood for one, I buy Wellshire Farms uncured old fashion hot dogs. I am not a prepared food guy as a rule – but somethings like sausages and hot dogs I am not making from scratch. Willshire Farms has a huge selection of gluten-free & allergy friendly sausages, cold cuts, hot dogs – all with no nitrates, nitrites, and antibiotics. I am a huge fan of BUBBIES sauerkraut and her dill pickles. They are delicious with live cultures made with no vinegar, excellent for your digestion system.
I don’t use gluten-free buns for my hot dogs or hamburgers as I find them to be too dense and they are always disappointing.
I put my Hot Dog in a potato skin, I love potatoes (sorry but I do), baked, broiled, fried….anyway you serve them – I love them! My friend’s kids love it when I make them and most of them are able to eat gluten, yet prefer the potato skins combo! Well Dorothy loved the hot dog potato idea and told me to do a blog about it.
They are so easy to make that I don’t consider it a recipe but as my “none cooking” friend Dorothy explained – “this is something so easy and fun that I could actually do this”. So here it is. Get out side and eat some hot dogs, it will put a smile on your face.
Gluten-free dog in a potato boat
Take one potato for every two hot dogs.
-Place a Russet potato directly on the middle oven rack (look for potatoes that are long so that your old fashion dog fits in the middle.)
-Bake in the oven at 375- 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven.
-When the potato is soft to the touch remove and let cool so they can be handled.
-Cut the potato length wise creating two halves
-With a teaspoon scoop out the center leaving enough potato to line the wall of the skin. In other words so that the potato boat has a firmness to it.
Note: Save the center of the potato that you scooped out. It’s perfect to make mashed potatoes for dinner that night by just adding heavy cream, butter and salt and heating over a low flame. Stir frequently.
-Place potato boat back in the oven on the middle rack and bake until skin is beginning to crisp. ( about 7-10 minutes)
-Remove and place hot dog in the Potato boat and dress with BUUBIES sauerkraut and gluten-free mustard.
Easy to make and fun to eat!
See , you can teach an old dog a new trick.
Lil’s Potato Salad
2 Cups red potatoes cubed with skin on
1 medium BUBBIE’S dill pickle chopped fine (In my opinion BUBBIE’S is the best brand of pickles)
3 heaping tablespoons mayo
2 heaping tablespoons sour cream
¼ teaspoon Celtic Sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
-Wash, cut and cube potatoes.
-Place one egg in boiling water for 10 minutes.
-Place chopped potatoes in boiling water until tender when punctured with a folk.
-Strain potatoes and run them under cold water. Place in large bowl
-Remove egg and run under cold water until it is cool enough to handle.
-Roll egg on cutting board to loosen shell. Then remove the shell completely.
-Chop the hard boiled egg fine.
-Add chopped egg, chopped pickle, dill, sour cream, mayo, salt and pepper to the bowl of chopped potatoes and mix well.
Sprinkle paprika on top.
Get outside and have a meal with friends and family. It’s good for your health!