Well, the bad news is, I’m still on hold with customer support in Hell. The good news is, I got a nice spin in yesterday evening.
As I said yesterday, Caitlin’s birthday dinner was campfire-inspired. I had been planning to make s’more brownies after seeing them on Jacob’s Kitchen. And what else do you eat with s’mores?
On Wednesdsay my mom sent me a recipe for some seriously baller hot dogs. Apples and cheddar on hot dogs? Um, yeah, it was definitely on the shortlist for dinner. Then later that day, I was flipping through the new Food & Wine magazine, and oh — there was the same recipe! Clearly, the universe was trying to tell me something.
I loved the whole fancy hot dog idea, and I thought it would be good to have a light dinner, since dessert was so rich.
The recipe called for pretzel rolls, which I have seen in a few recipes lately. I wasn’t sure I could find them, but I didn’t want plain old hot dog buns. But…Central Market to the rescue! They had the pretzel rolls, which are doughy and salty, just like soft pretzels.
Besides the buns, I just needed a green apple and a block of cheddar cheese.
I love Cracker Barrel blocks of cheese. They taste great for the price, plus the word “cracker” just makes me laugh.
These hot dogs are good party food because they are so fast and easy! First, I sauteed the apples in butter and brown sugar. Then I just grilled the wieners and slipped them in the buns, which I lined with the thinly-sliced cheese. Then I popped everything in the 450 degree oven for about five minutes so the cheese could melt.
And then I topped them with the warm apples!
So not your traditional campfire food.
Um PS I love pretzel rolls so much, I’d probably marry them.
After working our way through our hot dogs — it took a while, as we were chatting so much — it was time for dessert!
Making the s’more brownies was pretty easy. I melted a half a stick of butter and combined it with a cup of graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup of sugar, and then pressed into the bottom of a brownie pan. Then I poured on from-a-box brownie mix (sorry I’m not sorry) and baked them according to the box directions. When it came time to serve, I topped the entire thing with marshmallows and stuck it under the broiler.
You know how sometimes when you’re making s’mores, you stop paying attention and you burn your marshmallow? Uh, yeah. Same goes for s’more brownies.
I rarely mess up in the kitchen like this, so I was pretty bummed.
The good news is, they were so charred, the burned part pulled right off and we could get to the good stuff. I cut us each slices and scooped out some homemade pumpkin ice cream to go with it.
So gooey. So good.
And that pumpkin ice cream was fucking magical.
I’m off to run some errands and hopefully find something to wear to Caitlin’s real birthday dinner tonight, before heading to the food and wine outing! And honestly, I’m just really excited for it to be lunch time so I can make another hot dog.
Have a great Saturday!