Ultimate Veggie Dogs

I know, a lot of people would prefer to use meat hotdogs. But a veggie dog is pretty darned good if you dress it up a bit. Since tonight is a soccer game when we need a quick dinner, and since we’ve got veggie dogs and buns in the freezer, we’re planning to cook the dogs (following the directions on the package, of course. We don’t even own a microwave, so we use the stove top method. That’s  a conscious choice.) Get a good bun if you can. It makes a world of difference. But the main thing is condiments. We usually start with an onion (or half of one, if it’s big). Cut it into rings, and fry in olive oil until it starts to brown. Then we add sauerkraut and fry a little longer. Of course jalapeños on the side are great, if you’re into that. Or pickles if you’ve got ’em. Mustard is a must, and half the family loves ketchup. Serve with oven fried potatoes (cut like french fries with the skins on, lightly oil, salt, and bake, stirring occasionally). It’s not a difficult meal, but does qualify as comfort food, even if the hot dog stuffing is healthy!

Published by Kendall Dunkelberg

I am a poet, translator, and professor of literature and creative writing at Mississippi University for Women, where I direct the Low-Res MFA in Creative Writing, the undergraduate concentration in creative writing, and the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. I have published three books of poetry, Barrier Island Suite, Time Capsules, and Landscapes and Architectures, as well as a collection of translations of the Belgian poet Paul Snoek, Hercules, Richelieu, and Nostradamus. I live in Columbus with my wife, Kim Whitehead; son, Aidan; and dog, Aleida.

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