Happy Valley Chow

gour-mand (noun): one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking

Take me out the the ball game!

October is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only is it fall, the leaves are changing, wonderful flavors and smells, Halloween, football, usually hockey. But, it's also in the thick of baseball playoffs. So, I figured that this week I would post a recipe in honor of the upcoming World Series. Nothing is more stereotypical and American than baseball and hot dogs. Anytime I ever go to a game, I have to get a hot dog. There is nothing special about them, but for some reason I just need one. I figured just a normal hot dog wouldn't be much fun, since most like you don't need to read up on how to make a hot dog. So, I figured I would post my favorite topping (besides ketchup and mustard) Coney Island Sauce. I'll even throw in a recipe for oven fries. Enjoy!

Coney Island Sauce Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound ground hot dogs
  • 4 small onions
  • 1 Tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon Chile Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Cups water
Coney Island Sauce Directions

Chop onions fine and sauté in butter then add ground hot dogs and cook until brown. Add hamburger, paprika, Chile powder, and salt and brown. Then add water and cook for 3 hours on low heat.

**Note** This recipe makes a pretty big batch of sauce. It does freeze and heat up quite well. You can either make the whole batch for a large party or size down the recipe. 

Oven Fries Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs baking potatoes
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
Oven Fries Directions

Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Thoroughly scrub potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch thick fries. 

In a bowl toss the cut potatoes in oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place seasoned potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 30 min until potatoes are tender. Turn the oven on high broil and broil fries until brown and crispy. Flip the fries brown the other side. 

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