Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Super Tuber Review

Senator Larry Craig has endured a lot of ribbing for, among other things, coming up with a recipe involving sticking a weiner into a potato. We here at Nuclear Toast Laboratories like to look past the controversy and examine ideas on their own merits. Especially where food is involved. So I deliberately set out to recreate the Craigs' infamous recipe.

I prepared the meal several times, both in the microwave and conventional oven. Here is a pictorial progression of the most successful experiment.

First, cut both ends off the potato and use a corer to remove a hotdog-sized plug from the center.
Core the potato

Select your weiner. I used only the finest vegetarian soy dogs, but you can use whatever strikes your fancy.
Mmmm, tofu dogs!

Insert your weiner in the hole. Heh heh.
Insert your weiner

Insertion complete! (Sometimes you might have to carve out the hole a bit here and there.) Use toothpicks to re-attach the ends to the potato.
Tuber plugged

Put the potatoes on a cookie sheet and spray with Pam. (I was too lazy to coat them with shortening or butter; I figured this was an acceptable compromise. I was right.) The oven is set to 375.
All greased up and ready to go

This is the boring part.
Mmmm toasty warm

While they're cooking, prepare an acceptable topping. Mine was Safeway brand "Santa Fe Recipe" beans with some Tabasco Chipotle sauce.
Beans n chipoodle

When the super tubers are done, slice 'em up.
Almost there...

Spoon/pour your topping over the potatoes and serve. Nummy!

Things I learned:

  • I first tried dipping slices or pieces in mustard like the recipe says. The potatoes are too dry to eat with just a little mustard. Or even a lot. That's when I switched to beans. They have tasty juice and add some nutrition to the mix.

  • Cutting off the ends of the potato and re-attaching them with toothpicks worked better than just making a hole. The potatoes were moister that way, and then you get rid of the usually icky ends.

  • Microwaving is definitely faster. There was no discernable difference between the two methods, although the conventional oven might be easier for larger batches.
Would I do it again? Probably not. I like hotdogs and all, but it's not really worth the effort to cook them inside the potato when you can just add them to the beans for the same final effect. But it might be worthwhile stuffing a hollowed potato with other suitable fillers!


Ash said...

Filling a potato with butter and cheese would be really good!

bladio said...

holy sheet, NT! i'm speechless and filled with many emotions.

i am very glad you did this and documented it so thoroughly.

Shannon Perry said...

And yes, the tofu dogs were very tasty. I'd agree with Toasty that, while it was a worthwhile experiment, I probably wouldn't do it again. The shock value wasn't really worth missing a chance to eat at a Thai restaurant instead.

Shannon Perry said...

For example.

CJ said...

I like Ash's idea, but how about shoving one of the cheese-filled dogs into the potato. I might have to try that.

DK said...


Lynn Sinclair said...

Seems like a lot of work for a potato and hotdog. Might be worth the shock value to serve the whole hotdog/potato to unsuspecting friends.

NuclearToast said...

Ooooh, good idea, Lynn!