Polish hot dogs (or sausages) are typically made with pork or beef or a combination of both. Herbs and spices such as garlic, paprika, marjoram, celery seed and thyme give Polish hot dogs their distinctive flavor. You can buy frozen mixed vegetables in a variety of combinations, and many come with seasoning packets. Creating a meal with these two ingredients doesn’t require exact proportions, so let your creativity soar and expand your recipes as necessary to feed a few or a whole crowd.
1. Sausage and Veggie Soup
Homemade soups don’t have to simmer for hours to be delicious. This quick one-pot dish makes a savory soup. Slice the Polish hot dogs into rounds. Drizzle oil into a soup pot and sauté the hot dog pieces until cooked through. Add the frozen vegetables. A combination of peas, carrots, corn and green beans works well here. Sprinkle in any desired salt, pepper and dried or fresh herbs. Pour in stock—homemade or canned, vegetable, chicken or beef, and add egg noodles, cooked rice or smaller-shaped pastas.
2. Pasta Your Way
For a variety of tasty pasta dishes, start by sautéing rounds of Polish hot dogs until lightly browned. To make Italian pasta, use frozen zucchini alone or mixed with other vegetables. Add fresh or canned tomatoes and the seasoning packet, or garlic and herbs such as oregano, thyme, basil and rosemary. Hankering for Thai? Add a can of coconut milk, garlic, fresh basil and curry powder or paste. Combine this sauce with a mixture of frozen cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli and carrots. Simmer until the coconut milk slightly thickens. Serve over rice noodles. For Chinese chow mein, add a frozen mix of celery, water chestnuts and snow peas. Stir in any or all of the following: soy sauce, oyster sauce, dry sherry, ginger and garlic. Caution: start with a dash of each, and add more to taste. Toss with Chinese noodles and serve.
3. Baked Rice Casserole
Casseroles make super easy dinners. Slice your Polish hot dogs into rounds and sauté in oil until lightly browned. Add the thawed mixed vegetables—any combination will work—and simmer until any excess moisture is absorbed. Add cooked rice (approximately three times the amount of hot dog-veggie mixture), a pad of butter and grated cheese such as Monterey Jack, cheddar or fontina. Blend until the cheese is melted. Add milk or cream if consistency is too thick. Spread mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle with more cheese. Bake uncovered in a 375-degree oven until top is lightly browned.
4. Breakfast for Dinner
An omelet is a delicious choice for dinner. Serve it with a green or fruit salad and bread for a complete meal. Sauté diced Polish hot dogs and frozen vegetables mixed with cauliflower and broccoli. Whip your eggs with salt, pepper, dried herbs such as tarragon and a dash of milk or water. Coat a fry or sauté pan with oil and butter. When the pan is hot, add the eggs. Sprinkle grated cheese such as Monterey Jack over the egg, cover, and cook over low heat until the eggs are partially set. Add the hot dog-veggie mixture, fold over half of the omelet, and finish cooking without the cover.
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