Like homemade ketchup, but WAY better
When I started my latest series on hot dogs across the United States, I was excited to try some creative variations or new takes on the classic American hot dog. What I did not expect to find was a hot dog that is even more quintessentially American than the traditional American hot dog. Meet Weiner Winks – a recipe that’s courtesy of Brittany from Pennsylvania.
Although Weiner Winks were a big part of Brittany’s childhood in Pennsylvania, it’s hard to say if Pennsylvania is where this hot dog creation originated. But honestly, this dish could have believably popped up from any state in the United States. In fact for many kids, like Brittany, Weiner Winks were a special treat at school lunches across the country. Now they’re a special treat for Brittany’s kids, who frequently get to enjoy the same recipe that Brittany did as a kid.
However, Weiner Winks aren’t just filled with sweet nostalgia, they’re also filled with a few staple American ingredients. The recipe begins with classic, white sandwich bread that’s lightly buttered and toasted. Then comes the ever divisive American cheese singles. Whether you love them or hate them, the melted gooiness of American cheese is perfect for Weiner Winks. Add one slice of the cheese onto the bread (or two- who’s counting?), followed by your hot dog. These hot dogs are often referred to as, “weiners,” hence the name of Weiner Winks. Although, the “winks” part of the name is a bit less clear…
With all of your ingredients assembled, you then fold the diagonal corners of the bread toward each other and secure with a toothpick until it looks like a taco. You’ll then bake or air fry the dish until everything is golden brown. Serve with a bit of ketchup on the side and you’re ready to enjoy.
Weiner Winks are one of those recipes that are just so beautifully simple and comforting. They’re warm, salty, cheesy, crunchy, and absolutely delicious. At first glance, you might not think that Weiner Winks are anything special, but they’re an easy and budget-friendly way to add a bit of All-American joy into your day.
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