Desperation Dinner {Hot Dog Skillet}

The lazy, hazy crazy days of summer? They have arrived.  In full force.

I may lose some readers over this recipe 😉 , but it’s a true lifesaver when life happens and you’ve got to call in Plan B reinforcements.

This speedy, three-(main)-ingredient skillet dish doesn’t even have a proper name.  I grew up enjoying it on nights when dad was in charge of cooking.  So, in honor of my dad’s save-the-day cooking skills, let’s call it Papa Bo’s Hot Dog Skillet.

Hot Dog Skillet

  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 6 (or so) large potatoes, scrubbed (you can peel them, but scrub and slice is faster… and don’t all the vitamins hide in the skins anyway?!)
  • 1/2 onion
  • cooking oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ketchup (optional)
  • salsa (optional)

Scrub, quarter, and thinly slice the potatoes.  Heat oil in large skillet.  Cook potatoes on medium heat, stirring frequently.  Chop onion.  Add to potatoes.  Slice hot dogs and add to the mixture.  Cook until potatoes and hot dogs are lightly browned and potatoes are tender.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Serve with salsa or ketchup.

Add some carrot sticks and apple slices for a full meal deal in no time.

Well, have I lost you?  Surely you’ve eaten more unusual meals.  Do tell!

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  1. I saw this post and thought, that sounds pretty good. In fact, I wasn’t sure if I had eaten it before or not. I grew up as one of 6 kids, so meals could get pretty creative the day before shopping day.

  2. Sounds good. I think my husband would like this. Actually he’d probably want to put all of it together on a bun of some sort.

  3. My husband has made this for us before. 😉 It was actually very good with lots of ketchup.

  4. This sounds really good! Thanks for posting your recipe:)

  5. I think my boys would love this! Thanks for the idea.

  6. My desperation dinners are usually stir fries of previous bits and pieces of leftovers *L* This actually sounds quite tasty to me!

  7. Heather says:

    I make this too, except I used smoke sausage instead of hot dogs and toss in some carrots too.

  8. I am new to your blog and I really like it! This is perfect! I have some kielbasa that needs made this week and I couldn’t think of a thing…I bet this would be awesome with kielbasa instead of hot dogs (this time)! Thanks!!

  9. YUM! 😀 I have done sausage and potatoes separate before but seeing this makes me think I need to do it together. 😀

  10. I make something similar to this – only I use kielbasa instead of hotdogs. Yummy!!

  11. Sounds like a true kid-pleaser! Now, if only I can get my husband to eat a hot dog life would be easier!

  12. One surely needs a large bottle of ketchup for this meal.

  13. We love fried potatoes at my house, so why not throw in some sliced hot dogs? I’ll give this a try.

  14. We grew up eating this with sausage instead of hotdogs — easy cheap fast not a lot of clean up. But yes it was a meal my dad made when he was cooking.

  15. merrymntnmom says:

    My husband sometimes makes this, only he uses just about every spice in the cabinet! He calls it ‘Potato Peeling Casserole’. I guess it’s a guy thing, right? Thanks for sharing!

  16. We are like Christi – we make the same dish, but instead of hot dogs we use kielbasa. It is really good and add a veggie or quick salad and you have your meal.

  17. Coming from a family of 7 girls, this is exactly something mom would whip up (except with smoked sausage). She’d also melt cheese over the top. It’s really good! 🙂 See…not so unsual!

  18. This actually sounds delish!

  19. this actually sounds really good … my daughter would love it!

  20. I’d probably use sausage, but hey, I’ve eaten chili made from tuna, tomato juice, dried onions and chili powder, so who am I to judge!

  21. we use sausage, but essentially the same thing. It’s really tasty with some country gravy poured all over the top. Yum!

  22. We do this with kabana or some sort of smoked sausage and we also throw in a can of green beans at the end.

  23. I bet my boys would love that meal. I mix cut up chicken with cream of chicken soup and milk, and serve it over biscuits. They love it. Go figure.

  24. You haven’t lost me! I’m so going to try this. Yummy!

  25. When I was a kid & my mom was out of the house for the night, my dad would clean out the fridge & put everything in a skillet with some potatoes & a couple of eggs to bind it all together. I don’t remember having hot dogs, but I do remember roast, green beans, and potatoes all cooked up in some eggs. Dinner with Dad was always interesting! So no, you haven’t lost me as a reader… 🙂

  26. I don’t think it sounds weird at all. We are actually having scrambled eggs with cream of mushroom soup mixed in for dinner tonight. My parents always made it growing up, and now my husband loves it too.

  27. What a riot! This actually looks quite good. When we were kids, my mother had to have a hospital stay, so my father cooked us a memorable dinner one night: He took hot dogs, sliced them down the middle, put peanut butter inside them, wrapped them in a slice of cheese, and microwaved them. Memorable, but disgusting!

  28. This looks yummy! Hot dogs are under rated!!!

  29. We grew up on a very similar meal. Sliced potatoes, fried in oil, then when they where almost done we added sliced polish sausage ( can be added straight out of freezer) The when the sausage was heated we turned it off covered it with sliced singles of cheese covered and let the cheese melt!

    Easy meal and to this day if you ask my brother his fav meal this is it!!!

    For me and the kids I usually have some kind of veggie!!

  30. We call this ‘Puppy Dog Stew’ — which most people confuse with something cooked up for the dogs. 🙂

  31. Just looking through your recipes and found this one…and it reminded me of 1974, my dad, hot dogs and hash browns for dinner. And for a treat on Saturday morning, eggs with fried bologna. I miss those simple times when you just made what was in the fridge!

  32. Just saw this recipe today, but just had to comment. This dish is so similar to my husband’s father’s signature dish. He usually makes it with sausage though.


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