My mom was the Queen of Up-cycling and Re-purposing. She had mastered the art of 'disguising' and 're-presenting' leftovers so that they are still welcomed at the dining table and eaten with gusto (or unknowingly, hahaha!) such that no food is wasted nor thrown away.
Saucy Breakfast Hotdogs is one such upcycled dish. Its recent outing in our home was in the morning after my little boy's birthday party, because we had leftover cocktail hotdogs and I had a considerable stash of repacked tomato catsup, leftover from take-outs and food deliveries. (That's another habit I got from my mom-- stashing repacked condiments for later, specifically for baon or picnics or anywhere bringing condiments in bottles is impractical.)
Apart from taking away the monotony of fried food, the sauce in this dish acts as an extender, allowing the dish to feed more people, making it a good choice for budget-conscious moms!
SAUCY BREAKFAST HOTDOGS
What's In It?
15-20 pieces cooked cocktail hotdogs or 5-6 pieces cooked regular hotdogs, sliced into 3s
5-6 sachets tomato catsup (or 5-6 tablespoons tomato catsup)
2 tablespoons cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and mashed
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup water
pepper and salt to taste
Heat cooking oil over medium heat in a wok or deep pan. Saute garlic and onion for one and a half minutes or until the onion slices become soft and translucent. Add in the hotdogs and stir fry for a minute. Pour in the water and the catsup, stir to combine. Let boil then lower heat to allow the mixture to simmer for one minute. Check and adjust seasonings.
Serve hot with steamed rice. Enjoy!
Note: Boiled eggs, peeled then halved or quartered, may be used instead of hotdogs.