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Here is a confession.

Long ago, I used to laugh, laugh and laugh at people who said they put cut up pieces of hot dogs into macaroni in cheese.

These were the type of Jurassic-era trolls who used to hold me down on the playground and fart into my open mouth. But that’s another yarn for another day.

Anyhow, I’ve since learned the joys of using hot dogs in idiotic recipes like this one. I think I’ve actually covered this once before, but with the Eeekconomy still in the dumps, I guess some people would appreciate more recipes under $3.

This is the Hot Dog Egg Sandwich and for Cheap Eats, it rules. The great thing about hot dogs is that they’re so versatile. I know a lot of people who never eat them except for Labor Day BBQs, if at all. I’m thinking, hey if it’s a special BBQ, and there’s other great food, then why would you eat a hot dog?

I know that hot dogs aren’t the greatest thing for you since sliced California rolls. However, I think the key is moderation. If I was young, wild, and full of bullcrap, I guess I would have tattooed the word “Moderation” on my chest.

Then again, I don’t like needles. But I do like hot dogs.

In an egg sandwich like this, I find a little goes a long way. If you slice up the hot dog thinly, you can pretty much make an egg sandwich with only half a hot dog. Saving food like this is usually a good thing, but it can be a bad thing because it means you’ll use up that 10 pack of hot dogs twice as slowly. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to eat 20 hot dog egg sandwiches in a row. But maybe it might be good if you have a big family.

Hot Dog Egg Sandwich

2 slices bread — $0.10
1 hot dog — $0.15
1 slice American cheese — $0.20
1 egg — $0.15
pepper — negligible

Total: $0.60

Get a small non-stick pan heat it up. I like to use wooden chopsticks, but feel free to wield a wooden spoon. Crack the egg, and beat it lightly into submission. Dump some pepper in if you want. Use two eggs if your cholesterol count is fine and dandy. Use three or four if you want it NOT to be fine and dandy. Slice up the hot dog thinly. I often only use a half a hot dog, because those mofos are a little salty and full of fun preservatives.

Toast up the bread slices in the toaster. Fry the hot dog slices, turning once or twice. I don’t like ‘em too burnt, but you can do whatever. Now push the hot dog slices into the corner and dump the egg on top. I like to tilt the pan so the egg stays in the corner. I also use chopsticks to make sure all the runny egg contacts with the pan. You only need to cook it for a few minutes or so. If you’re a fancy chef who’s good at flipping stuff, flip the egg over. If you’re not, just cook it longer.

Stick a slice of cheese on top. You can cover it, but I usually just let it go a few seconds more and then remove it to the toast. When you cover up the egg w/ the other slice of bread, it usually melts enough.

Sit back, turn on your favorite morning TV show, and eat your hot dog egg sandwich.

You’re basically making fast fritatta containing no vegetables and only hot dogs. If this bothers you, and it should, then by all means throw in some leftover bell pepper, broccoli, onion, olives artichoke, nuts, bolts, kewpie dolls, pictures of Dorian Gray, etc. You’ll want to cook the veggies before the hotdogs if raw. Oh, sometimes I stick a slice of lettuce in it for appearances sake.

I had a moral to this recipe/story. But unfortunately, it has been obliterated by years and years of Jurassic-era trolls holding me down on the playground and farting into my open mouth. All that meethane has gone to mee head.

One, two, three, four, five, hot dog egg sandwich yum.

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  1. CheapAppetite Says:

    Nice idea. 60 cents per serving is pretty cheap. The only cheaper one I know would be Ikea hot dog for 50 cents each. But an extra 10 cents for egg and cheese isn’t so bad I guess.

  2. Brooke Says:

    My father always used to make fried bologna or salami with egg sandwiches when I was a kid. Delicious, and just as cheap too!

  3. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    @cheapappetite – I’ve had the IKEA dog b4! A great deal – their breakfast is also pretty decent for 99 cents.

    @brooke – I remember a recipe when I was younger. I think it was some sort of egg bologna cup thing – you would put slices of bologna into muffin cups, crack an egg in there, and bake it. I doubt they make this any more though =)

  4. Marvo Says:

    I’d eat that. Although, I don’t know if I’d scramble the egg. I think I’d make it over easy with a slightly runny yoke.

  5. Cheap Eats Editor Says:

    @marvo – I’ve made it w/ a fried egg before. There is an egg in toast thing that you might like. You cut a round circle out of a piece of large toast, put it in a pan, crack the egg in the middle, then put cheese on it later. I forget what it’s called, I think it may be a British thing…

  6. Buffy Says:

    I love those. I also throw in an extra egg sometimes, forgo the bread, and make a hot dog omlette. Mmmm… omlette. Really good with a few veggies.

  7. Heidi Says:

    I make this sandwich too (except it doesn’t have the eggs and I will put them on next time). I’m also one of those moms who adds hot dogs to mac and cheese. Sounds yucky, but it’s good :)

  8. Ken Says:

    But what kind of hot dogs were used? I hope they were some tasty Hebrew Nationals. And The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of the most frightening movies I’ve ever seen. Almost as horrific as getting farted on.

  9. kattmaxx Says:

    This story reminds me of my doubting younger days when I would watch my father fry baloney and make sandwiches with it.
    He would also do as you describe with the hot dogs. I thought it was a Canadian thing.

  10. Ken Says:

    Skip the egg. Cut hot dogs lengthwise in half, and put in a pan with onions and ketchup. Cook long enough on medium heat that the onions bend easily. Dump on a plate, or between bread.

    Sounds and looks gross, but one of the best comfort foods I know.

    cheap to.

  11. shiela Says:

    the hot dog, ketchup and onion thing sounds really good, maybe with a little rice on the side. I love egg sandwiches. grew up eating them. sometimes we have breakfast foods for dinner since they are much cheaper.
    I saw the actual dorian gray painting in the chicago art museum. It’s really huge, in garish colors and so gross you can’t take your eyes off it!
    One of the local dishes here is simple fried rice, cold rice and whatever leftover bits of meat and veg you have, fry in a little oil, throw in a tbsp of shoyu(soy sauce) befre serving.maybe a dash of sesame oil too. really good and works great with SHORT grain brown rice as well. Long grain rices (brown or white) just aren’t the same in a stir fry.

  12. Sato Says:

    i don’t care that this has nothing to do with the meal, but:
    “These were the type of Jurassic-era trolls who used to hold me down on the playground and fart into my open mouth.”

    man, i lol’d at that for hours.

    hours = about 30 seconds

  13. Christine Says:

    You can keep hot dogs in the freezer, so go ahead and buy the 10-pack. ;)

  14. Terri Says:

    I love hot dogs sliced and put in my chili. Good with browned hamburger or in place of the burger. Then a can of stewed tomatoes, a can of chili beans, and a can of great northern beans (pureed), 1 envelope of chili seasoning, and a can of corn (drained). Its thick, hearty, and cheap. Tastes like a chili dog.




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