Friday, April 30, 2010

Ferocious Franks

Another treat from Jinx and Judy - cocktail franks! This photo is from a Flickr, and I could not find anything closer. What I really wanted to find was a photo of a jar of cocktail franks, as I've never encountered one - anyone have a photo of that?

I return from the conference today, but in the meantime, from the chapter Happiness is a Dry Martini:

Ferocious Franks
3 jars cocktail franks
1 1/2 bottles tomato catsup
1/4 cup sugar
Liberal dashes red and black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 of a seeded lemon, diced fine
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. saffron
1/4 tsp. ginger
Mix all ingredients except the franks and simmer for 15 minutes. Plop either the small cocktail franks or regular ones sliced in 1/inch pieces into this sauce and let them wallow awhile until warm.  Provide guests with long Japanese skewers or toothpicks for spearing.

This is better than the vintage conundrum I come across often of serving little franks in grape jelly. I've tasted ok versions of that when mixed with BBQ sauce, but really - how did people think of these things? And why?

Can't wait to tell you about all the great new YA and romance books I'm finding out about at this conference!


Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

I had a retro party last year and searched for jars of cocktail franks. Could only find packages...maybe somewhere in America they still exist in a jar. I made the grape jelly version and they were quite tasty. This recipe looks good too.

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

I had a vintage party last year and served a 50's version of this (yes the grape jelly and cocktail sauce) it was good...this one looks WONDERFUL. Love the flavor combo. I think jared franks are a thing of the past.

Barbara said...

A "jar of cocktail franks" back then equals a can of vienna sausages today.

Do you REALLY want a picture of that?

Latter-Day Flapper said...

I wonder how much ketchup was in a jar? And I would think it would need more than a "dash", even a liberal one, of each kind of pepper to qualify as "ferocious."

Personally, I like to mix the barbecue sauce with red plum jelly instead of grape. More tangy, less sweet. Just a thought.