C'mon admit it, I know someone out there must have used hot dogs in their fried rice a time or two. :) Heck, I've even used bologna when I didn't have any other ready meats on hand.
But hey, when free bounty lands on my front porch, I heartily accept. Recently I was contacted by Britt McColl, who does public relations for Hoffy Extra Lean Beef Franks. She said, "Hoffy has developed a new way to make their famous, great-tasting beef franks using only lean beef without any fat trimmings. The result? Eighty percent less fat than other premium beef hot dogs. That’s about 2 grams of fat for a typical 45-gram serving versus 13 grams of fat in competing premium beef hot dogs."
Hmm. Low cal hot dogs didn't sound very appealing. But Hoffy's supplies Pink's hot dogs in case you didn't know. I have to admit, I've never actually eaten at Pink's. *Gasp.* I know! The shame! But I've at least heard of Pink's. I might live in SoCal but I like, totally (insert hair flipping here) don't consider myself a SoCal girl. As if! ;)
So I said yes to the offer of free hot dogs and this package was delivered to my door.
Here's the nutritional information since that's their big sell.
Incidentally, I checked several other hot dog brands at the grocery store for comparison and a regular hot dog really is at least double if not triple the calories. Who knew? So if you're counting calories or fat grams, this might be for you.
Taste-wise? It did taste leaner, if you will, than other hot dogs, but nothing that screams low cal. Being as how I'm not a hot dog expert, I'd say the only thing I really noticed was that it didn't plump up nearly as much and there was no snap to the casing. But in all honesty, I rarely buy hot dogs because of how bad they are for you, and when I do, I buy the cheapest brand. Hmm. Wonder if this changes my hot dog buying habits?
Anyway, since I didn't have any hot dog buns on hand, and just subbing hot dogs for lap xuong (Chinese sausage) in my usual fried rice is rather unimaginative, I remembered this picture on Biggest Menu of French-fried rice and decided to create a fried rice recipe that played up the perfect hot dog pairing - ketchup. ;)
Fried Rice with Hot Dogs, Eggs, and Ketchup
For about 2 to 4 servings, you'll need:
2 cups of cooked day-old rice
4 or however many hot dogs you'd like, sliced
3 eggs, scrambled or use my scrambled egg omelet technique
1/3 cup ketchup or however much you'd like
In a wok on high heat, saute hot dog slices until golden. Move the hot dogs to the side of the wok and add 2 to 3 eggs into the center and scramble them up (like so).
Gently slide your spoon underneath the eggs while tilting the wok until everything is scrambled.
Add rice and mix thoroughly. Add lots and lots of ketchup to your liking.
This was surprisingly tasty. The ketchup actually blended in well and was absorbed by the rice. Although it didn't end up as red as I wanted (I added a lot of ketchup), it has a pretty nice color, doesn't it?
And let's take a look at the old photo for comparison's sake. Not as bad as some of my early pictures, but much better angles with the new batch.
Who made my recipe for fried rice with hot dogs?
Hedgehog of Diary of a Novice Cook combined this with my recipe for Fried Rice with Kimchee and Spam and said, "This dish is handy for Friday night when your fridge is likely to be empty (or when you're skint at the end of the month and you have to make do with what you have in the cupboard)."
My other fried rice recipes:
Com Chien Toi Trung (Vietnamese Garlic Fried Rice with Eggs)
Fried Rice with Apples and Cubed Beef
Fried Rice with Bacon, Corn, Eggs, and Green Onions
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Eggs, and Lettuce
Fried Rice with Chinese Sausage, Mixed Frozen Vegetables, and Eggs
Fried Rice with Kimchee and Spam
Fried Rice with Pineapples
Fried Rice with Pork, Corn, and a Ladle of Ramen Broth
Fried Rice Yang Chow-Style