Back around 1992, three young people spending a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile around America spent an hour with me on the radio. They were here to appear in a few Mardi Gras parades–clearly one of their most interesting assignments. They had some prizes to give away–Wienermobile banks, Wiener whistles, and other stuff. The asked the audience to call in with recipes they might have for Oscar Mayer’s signature product.
A guy called in with this memorable formula, which he says turns out a pot of red beans and rice with the same flavor one gets from the red beans at Popeyes. It sounds gross, but I tried it and it really does work. It is unlikely that this is Popeyes own formula, but it’s credible. Even after more than twenty years, I still get calls on the air asking for the recipe. Here it is, online at last!
- 1 lb. red beans, prepared according to your usual recipe, including seasoning
- 1 lb. Oscar Mayer wieners (the pork-and-beef kind, not the all-beef–although you could use the latter if you like)
1. Cook a pot of red beans as usual, but add about a half-cup more water (unless your beans are already soupy). Simmer the beans to the point when they’re starting to fall apart, but not so that they’re a puree.
2. Chop up the hot dogs, and put them into a food processor–the bigger, the better. Process until the dogs are nearly spreadable, like a paté. (A few small chunks are acceptable.)
3. Stir the hot dog spread into the simmering beans until they disappear–about ten minutes.
4. That’s it! Serve over rice as usual.