Frankly, dish is wonderful for office crowd


November 29, 2006|By Julie Rothman | Julie Rothman,Special to the Sun

Jane Snow of Bordentown, N.J., wrote in on behalf of her co-worker who was looking for an appetizer recipe that was popular in the 1970s called "Spatini Cocktail Hot Dogs."

Linda Butta of Baltimore sent in her recipe for this appetizer, which a co-worker gave her about 20 years ago. She says that over the years she has converted the original recipe from the stove top to the slow cooker.

She says this is a terrific dish to make for office gatherings because you can prepare everything the night before and put the slow-cooker pot in the fridge. The next morning take the slow cooker to work, plug it in when you get there and by noon you have a big simmering pot of cocktail hot dogs.

I tested the recipe using the stove-top method and it was very simple. But I think the slow cooker would be an ideal way to serve the appetizer. If you wanted to fancy it up a bit, you could substitute small cocktail wieners for the hot dogs.

Cocktail Franks a La Spatini

Serves 8 to 10

1 envelope Spatini Spaghetti Sauce Mix

1/4 cup brown sugar

one 6-ounce can tomato paste

1 cup water

2 tablespoons prepared mustard

1 pound frankfurters, cut into 1-inch pieces

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except the frankfurters; blend thoroughly. Bring to a boil and add frankfurters; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Per serving (based on 10 servings): 193 calories, 6 grams protein, 13 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, 11 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 29 milligrams cholesterol, 731 milligrams sodium


Frank Hart of Massillon, Ohio, is trying to find a recipe for Grape-Nut custard pudding. He says this dessert is popular in the New England area, Cape Cod, Mass., in particular.

Teresa Elliott of Fayetteville, N.C., is looking for the recipe for the starter juice for a 30-day fruitcake that her mother used to make during the holidays. All she knows is that different fruit were added to the starter juice over the 30 days.

If you are looking for a hard-to-find recipe or can answer a request, write to Julie Rothman, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or e-mail recipefinder@ If you send more than one recipe, put each on a separate piece of paper or attachment with your name, address and daytime phone number. Names and addresses must accompany recipes to be published. Letters may be edited for clarity.

The nutrition analyses accompanying recipes in today's Taste section were calculated by registered dietitian Jodie Shield, except where noted.

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