Crown Roast of Frankfurters

The CBC is having a book drive this week to gather goods for the CBC Calgary Reads Book Sale. A good spot to find old cookbooks – I went through the cookbook box as volunteers sorted hundreds of books coming in the front door and found a bunch of gems, including the Retro Food Fiascos cookbook, in which I found – yes I did – a crown roast of frankfurters.

You cut hot dogs lengthwise almost all the way through, then open them like a book. Put them on a baking sheet and broil for a few minutes, and as they cook they curl back, making them the perfect shape to surround a pile of coleslaw. The original recipe had the cabbage tossed with poppyseed, mounded in the middle and a cup of boiling water poured over, then baked in the oven. With the dogs! I opted to make a slaw with white balsamic and grainy mustard – of course you could use potato salad or mashed potatoes or any number of pile-able things to support your classy Crown Roast.

As for the book sale – here are the details. I’ll be there, elbowing my way through cookbook tables!

The money raised from this sale is used to fund the Calgary Reads Society and its programs, helping young children improve their reading skills.

CBC Calgary Reads Book Sale
TRIWOOD Arena, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
Friday, April 30: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
($2.00 entry donation)

If you have books to donate, bring them to the CBC Calgary building at 1724 Westmount Blvd. NW between now and Monday, April 26.
Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays: Closed

You can also bring them to any RBC branch in Calgary until Wednesday, April 21.

While they are happy to accept most books, they don’t accept the following:

* Encyclopedias
* Library books
* Text books
* Manuals
* Computer books
* Magazines
* Readers’ Digests


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26 comments on “Crown Roast of Frankfurters

  1. Elaine
    April 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

    holy crap, that’s a hilarious dish idea.

  2. Fiona
    April 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Not so sure about a frankfurter crown roast, but the Calgary Read’s book sale is like Christmas! I love it and it’s such a great cause. I’ve tutored for them for the past couple of years and it’s a fabulous program.

  3. Stacey Snacks
    April 21, 2010 at 9:07 am

    This is hysterical!
    I love it! A crown roast of weiners!

  4. LisaGee
    April 21, 2010 at 9:16 am

    That is hilarious. And I would eat it.

  5. Jan (Family Bites)
    April 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Hilarious! Would pair well with one of those lime jello/cottage cheese/seafood salads from the 1950’s.

  6. Amber
    April 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Okay now I want a hotdog! LOL. I’m sure your little guy loved it;)

    If I was in Calgary, I’d so be at the book sale. Not that I need more books. Did I mention I work in a public library?

    I was happy to see they don’t accept library books…had an elementary teacher-librarian yesterday drop off one of our library books they had donated to their book sale…which was labelled and barcoded as our book and still in our system! I also found one of our books on a thrift store shelf too and rescued it. These are not discards, they are current books in good shape! Anyway, end of rant. Hope the book sale raises lots of money for a good cause:)

  7. wanda
    April 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Wow….that looks great! Hot dogs anyone??

  8. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    April 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I will make that for my grandson’s birthday this summer when he turns 10. It’s a marvelous, wonderful idea!

    And I’m practicing the marvelous reviews the bean and grain book will garner : –

    And sow, in this reviewer’s opinion, the author of this forthcoming book which may well be the grainest and most successful cookbook that’s ever bean, will no doubt harvest many a culinary accolade, reap a tidy profit, and laugh all the way to the mill. If she’s smart, she’ll follow up while the skillet is hot, perhaps with such a title as “Finding Dinner Peas Through Cooking.” – Legume Eggo, Grainbean Press

  9. Kelly
    April 21, 2010 at 11:22 am

    That is the funniest, coolest thing I have seen in a while. It reminds me a of a book that my kids were looking at over the weekend, Play With Your Food. It is a great coffee table book full of fruits and vegegables manipulated to look like something else (mainly animals). I will definitly be making this soon. I has super hero-mom written all over it!

  10. Dishin & Dishes
    April 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh no they DIDN’T! That’s hilarious!

  11. Barb
    April 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    That is a very cool dish! My friend makes something (or used to when her kids were small) called baloney burgers I think. You make a bread stuffing and roll a piece of baloney around a spoonful of it then bake in the oven. Also quite retro.

  12. char
    April 21, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I used to makea thing called a “weinie -beany” boat, I would take a fat french loaf of bread h0llow it out and fill it with baked bean doctored up with cheez whiz and mustard top it with weiners and bake it. The kids loved it and knew when I made it Mom & Dad were going out!! Gosh I wish I had the crown roast recipe then!!

  13. Erica B.
    April 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    That’s hilarous! I totally have to hit that sale. I love old cookbooks. 🙂

  14. Regan Jones RD
    April 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Wrong, yet hilarious, on so many levels!

  15. Carol SB
    April 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Laurie, you crack me up. Love the puns!
    (“@FamilyBites: I like whirling green peas into hummus! ~follow me on Twitter”
    …Visualize whirled peas…)

  16. Carolyn
    April 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Old cookbooks are the best! I regularly reference my old cookbooks from the 1920s-60s. Some of the early ones have beautiful art work. Often these recipes are lower in fat and somewhat thrifty due to the times. I don’t have any treasures like a hotdog crown roast, though!

  17. Stephen Roden
    April 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Shades of my Aunt Evelyn…

  18. the other Al
    April 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Ah Dang!….where was that book a month ago for our KRAFT dinner club bonanza. we could have used a crown wienie roast

  19. Laurie in Burnaby BC
    April 22, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Oh, I’ll have to make the weinie-beanie boat when I’m babysitting the grandkids! What a hoot!

    Glad you like the puns, Carol SB. It’s a sickness. i can’t help myself.

    Laurie (incorrigible punster – do not incorrige)

  20. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    April 22, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I actually did a whole luncheon themed around those 1974 Weight Watchers Cards – hilarious!

    Great idea re: the book drive also!

  21. Sarah G
    April 22, 2010 at 7:48 am

    This is hilarious! Love the coleslaw! The original recipe sounds weird.

  22. Julie
    April 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    How very clever, I love it!

  23. Katharine
    April 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Wow. That’s scary. Could be a hit for Isabella’s birthday party, hey?

  24. Michelle
    April 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Oh that’s funny. I’ve made hot dog octopus(es?) before, but have never seen the likes of this one. : )

  25. bluejeangourmet
    April 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t think I really lived until I saw this. and I love you for making it!

  26. Robin Roper
    October 29, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    My sisters and I were reminiscing about the funniest food we’d ever made or eaten and one of my sisters mentioned having prepared a “Mock Rib Roast” made with hot dogs. Found this website and shared a great laugh – her’s however was made with a center of mashed potatoes. She swears she found this in a cook book – probably Betty Crocker.

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