Vintage Cookbook Vault: Franks a lot!
February 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

hot dog crown

Look at you, gettin' all fancy pants with your...your...CROWNS and your FRANKS! Calling it a "hot dog" or a "wiener" is juuuuuust not swanky enough for you any more. And yeesh - not just one kind of canned corn, but two. TWO!

We're gonna be over here in the corner with our plain ol' Oscar Meyer tube steak and store brand ketchup, but you go right ahead with your highfalutin frank crown. Just you try and not get any on your hostess pajamas. They're silk, right? 'Cause YOU'RE SO FANCY!

frank crown recipe

Scanned from Better Homes and Gardens Meat Cook Book - 1965

Seriously, if you have a blog and you make this at home, we will totally feature you. Leave a link in the comments below.

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  1. Pat Gallagher

    I was making this 35 years ago, and the last time I made it was 6 years ago ... I couldn't find the recipe, and with an upcoming visit from the grand kids I thought of it again. Thanks for being there

    June 29, 2013 at 10:37 am |
  2. La Chapstick Fanatique

    I made it for Valentine's Day! Here is my post

    February 15, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  3. Dystopiax

    In Iowa a treat is creamed corn on a stick.

    February 14, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  4. better

    right up there with baloney and chicken fingers (the chicken version of hotdogs)

    unfortunately most poor/uneducated people are forced to consume these goods since they are MUCH cheaper than ground beef or better yet whole cuts of beef muscle (steaks).

    It's a pig in a dress, although still a pig

    February 14, 2011 at 2:07 am |
  5. Brenda Reed

    If you have ever been hungry and had no prospect of food in sight, you might actually appreciate this recipe. I have been just that hungry before, so I do not snipe at a recipe that includes at least one vegetable. AND is a hot dish!

    February 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Katherine W.

    Reading the posts from people who actually cooked this, I spot a common thread. The corn stuffing does not cook up in the middle. I have a dish very similar to this called scalloped corn and the only time that thing has cooked up properly was when I left it in a 400 degree oven, while I baked biscuits. This was after an hour at 350. I make the recipe every so often when I am craving comfort food and I swear to my husband I will not be defeated by this recipe. We'll see.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  7. Popeye

    I'm serving this for my Valentine. this with a side of spinach and I'll be in like Flynt.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  8. Johnson

    Look at the picture. Did Lorena Bobbitt write the cookbook this recipe came from?

    February 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  9. foreal

    I'll tell you what's finger licking good. Escargo mixed with oysters with lots of whipped cream. Enjoy!

    February 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  10. Paul, Tucker, GA

    When we were kids we begged my mom to make her famous Corn Chowder with hot dogs in it.
    It was the best thing on earth....
    Like anything else in life hot dogs are OK in moderation.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  11. hannah1

    Disgusting. Franks and all "processed meats" are full of all kinds of detritus and carcinogens. Knock yourselves out! Croak early.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Frankie FrogLegs

      EAT ME!

      February 13, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  12. Dr.PepperRules!

    My dad used to make a form of Shepard's Pie using layers of sliced hot dogs, mashed potatoes, corn and kidney beans. I liked it well enough, though I preferred when he used a can of pork 'n' beans instead of kidney beans. And especially when he melted chedder cheese over the top layer of mashed potatoes. Heart attack in a bowl, but yummy!

    February 13, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  13. cindi

    I have a similar recipe from Betty Crocker. Instead of corn, you make instant mashed potatoes. Add mayo, relish, mustard, and dried minced onion to the potatoes. They taste like warm potato salad. I love this recipe.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:12 am |
  14. Snowgirl

    It was a recipe similar to this that landed my mom in the hospital in the late 1960's (although hers didn't have corn – it was green beans and mushroom soup as I recall). She was cutting semi-frozen hot dogs and nearly sliced off her finger. We never had it again after that.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  15. Cynamin

    Okay, we took you up on it! Check out my blog post It was awesome!

    February 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Rock the heck on! Will post soon!

      February 13, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  16. Charles

    Why do I think of Spinal Tap's mini-Stonehenge when I look at the various pix of this dish? LOL. It reminds me of the cornbread and hot dogs dish I used to bake for my kids. I would use mini-loave pans, spoon in corn bread (my oldest liked the spicy mexican cornbread), then plant an all-beef kosher hot dog in the middle of the batter. They loved it! Especially if I spooned some ballpark-style hot dog chili over the top of the loaves before serving.

    February 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • David

      The hidden hot dog with chili overcoat sounds great actually. I could see putting green chiles and cheese in the corn bread batter too.

      February 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
    • Katherine W.

      My husband and I agree this hidden hotdog thing sounds great! I wish I had known of this when the little ones lived nearby. They are the perfect excuse for fun foods like this.

      February 13, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  17. Jenni

    OMFG :) I can't decide if it's a "finger" casserole a la Hanibal Lecter or a chorus line of phalluses. Phallusi? Whatever they are, looks like a water ballet formation.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  18. joe

    No real cook uses creamed corn. It's a can of corn with a couple cups of cornstarch, yuck.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Frankie FunBuns

    Isn't this a Wienerful recipe?

    February 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  20. Lazydaisy

    I'm going to save this recipe and make this dish for Thanksgiving. A lot easier than a 21 pound turkey. And, will probably make instant Jello instead of Pumpkin and Pecan pie. Thanks so much Cnn for the suggestion.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • tiny cat

      I'm making it for my Christmas dinner. I'm gonna serve it with a side of butter and sugar.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  21. Camron

    I'm so excited to see this. Its one of my all time favorite comfort foods. I was a ridiculously picky eater as a kid and grandma discovered this recipe and adjusted it a bit for what I would eat. I'm making this for lunch!

    February 12, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  22. Peggy Rowland

    I made this, and it wasn't bad! Here's my link:

    February 12, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Gonna blog that later tonight!

      February 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  23. Seauvan

    This sounded good and then I saw its picture. Oy! Whatever happened to cooking for the eye? I guess I'll eat it with my eyes closed. :-/

    February 12, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  24. SarahC33

    Alright everyone, check out the Frank and Corn Crown @ my blog... complete with apron lol!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Oh. My. Goodness.

      Look for your feature post later this afternoon. Because DAMN!

      February 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  25. Claxton

    This doesn't even look appetizing in the least. I love corn, and I love hot dogs, but I refuse to eat the two together...

    February 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  26. maty

    Someone should open a restaurant and serve all these mid-century recipes. Yum!

    February 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  27. guy

    i've got your tube steak right here

    February 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  28. Natalie

    This is completely worthy of a spot on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman. I'm on my way to Cambodia and am seeking out a traditional dish called "tarantulas nest" (made up of many spiders) yet this made me almost vomit.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  29. electronaut

    Did you seriously use the term "tube steak" in an article?!?

    February 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
    • Mary J

      Glad to know I'm not the only one that thought that.

      February 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
      • evangeline

        haha! i thought the same thing!

        February 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  30. Justamom

    That is one seriously disgusting looking recipe.

    February 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  31. Craig Greenwood

    We make hot dog casserole all the time at my house. Noodles and cheese and hotdogs and onions. It's GOOOOOD american eating!

    February 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Mary J

      That sounds absolutely repulsive.

      Just give me a beef frank, bun, and ketchup. I'll be good then.

      February 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  32. Apelwod

    I collect the Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks, and they're the gift that keeps on giving! That's how I learned that barbecue is "man's territory". Now I refuse to clean mine because I'm a lady, and I wouldn't want to encroach on the territory of others.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  33. SarahC33

    i'm so in... check back tomorrow for my blog with photos :)

    February 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  34. Jules

    It sounds like a pretty good recipe for a corn pudding-esque dish, but I'd leave the hot dogs out.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
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    February 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  36. Anson

    "And you MUST wear your crispest, frilliest apron and high heels when you serve it! "

    You forgot the pearls, full makeup, and stockings WITH seams (straight, of course).

    February 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Jen first boyfriend's mom had pictures of herself in the 50's wearing that EXACT ensemble...taken whilst she vacuumed!!

      February 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • PopMuzik

        NOW you know why Dad came home with a smile on his face from work every night!

        February 12, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  37. Mildred

    and for your transcription needs...

    1/2 cup chopped green pepper
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    2 cups soft bread crumbs (about 3 slices)
    1 17-ounce can cream-style corn
    1 12-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
    2 beaten eggs
    1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
    1 tablespoon butter, melted
    1 pound (8 to 10) frankfurters, cut in half crosswise

    Cook green pepper in 1/4 cup butter till tender but not brown. Add next 4 ingredients and 1 teaspoon salt; mix lightly.
    Combine dry bread crumbs and melted butter; sprinkle over corn mixture, at 350* for 20 minutes. Stand franks, cut end down, in crown around edge of stuffing. Bake 15 minutes longer. Serves 5 or 6.

    February 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Have I told you lately that I love you?

      February 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  38. Joeschmoe

    If this is "going fancy", I'd hate to see what their regular recipes are like.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  39. Turbokat

    Nix the added salt! There's already enough salt in the Franks and canned corn. Other than that it sounds pretty good for a quick "After School " supper.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  40. Tammy

    Oh yuck hot dogs franks whatever a person wants to call them lol they are not fit for human consumption! Blechhh

    February 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
    • Juni

      Yes, they are. 100% beef franks? Nothing wrong with that at all.

      February 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Me

        Well – maybe Tammy is a Vegan.....

        February 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  41. Kirotebo

    I am serving this for dinner tonight!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  42. Lisa From LA

    I can totally see doing this with a variety of brats and franks, maybe adding additional veggies.

    February 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • SeanNJ

      Totally defeats the purpose. :-/

      February 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  43. Sam Meyer

    There's something wonderful about a Crown Weenie Roast.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  44. C

    LOL! This is actually not the first time I've seen something like this. I have a vintage cookbook from the late '50s or early 60's that features a "Crown Roast of Wieners" stuffed with apple-raisin stuffing I think.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  45. neptonomist sentry

    this dish makes me want to murder my niece.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Hand Lotion

      Is she hot?

      February 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
      • Turkleton

        Nope she's a dog

        February 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • jaom651946

      Why make Her Day??

      February 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  46. neptonomist sentry

    this dish makes me want to murder my niece.

    February 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Muchincho

      ROFL That was the funniest thing I've read this week!

      February 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • jaom651946

      Why make HER DAY?

      February 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  47. Valerie

    I almost want to serve this on Valentine's day for my family, and act all "proud" about serving it, just to see their reaction......LMAO!

    February 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
    • Jen

      YES!! And you MUST wear your crispest, frilliest apron and high heels when you serve it! I collect vintage cookbooks, and the Crown Roast of Weenies, in various permutations, did enjoy something of a vogue mid-century...

      February 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
      • Valerie

        I will Jen! I will! : )

        February 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • JR

        Don't forget the tasteful string of pearls. :D

        February 13, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Mildred

      and if someone has a camera/phone- pose proudly!

      February 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • 4U Mister

      Funny! I dare you to–and then let us know what happened, lol!

      February 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • Elizabeth Cross

      that's funny :)

      February 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  48. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    That actually looks good. Hate hotdogs, but I'll eat corndogs all day.

    February 11, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Ace and Gary

      Us, too!

      February 11, 2011 at 11:48 am |
      • haha

        :::sings:::the ambiguously gay duo!!

        February 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • SarahC33

      Alright everyone, check out the Frank and Corn Crown @ my blog...

      February 12, 2011 at 12:31 am |
      • Kat Kinsman

        Behold your post!

        February 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
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