This recipe is an old childhood favorite, originally from my grandpa. It's extremely simple to make, and - if you want - easy to 'sell' as spooky. Think 'witches fingers' and you'll get the picture. Hearty and warm - perfect for cold trick or treat nights (or any time of the year, really)! Brand/allergy swaps suggested below.
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12 hotdogs, regular or gf vegan* (or 15oz of white or black beans instead)
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 large onion, sliced into strips, about 2 c
2 Tbsp Better Batter Flour
8-10 peeled, cubed potatoes (about 6 cups worth)
1 28oz can tomato puree or tomato sauce
2 28 ounce can whole stewed tomatoes
For the hotdogs: use Lightlife Tofupops (contains soy) or other vegan gf dogs
Cut the hotdogs on the diagonal - if you wish to make them into 'witches fingers' cut into thirds. Otherwise, cut into 1/2 inch slices.
Heat the oil in a heavy pan over medium high heat, and place the hotdogs into the hot oil. Fry until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onions and continue to cook until the onions soften and become translucent, about another minutes or so, but not more than 5 more minutes.
Add the flour, and cook until the flour absorbs the excess grease and begins to toast a bit, about another minute.
Place the cooked hotdog/onion mixture in your crockpot. Add prepared potatoes.
Pour tomato puree/sauce over top of the mixture, then add the whole tomatoes, taking care to crush them as you add them.
Place the lid on your crockpot and place it on to cook. Cook on Low heat for 8 hours or on high heat for 4 hours, or until the potatoes are soft. Allow to cool slightly if serving to kids - the potatoes will be very hot!
Serve with cheesy 'mummy bread' if desired.
Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
1885 E Pleasant Valley Blvd Altoona PA 16602