Wednesday, September 05, 2007

How To Make A Curly Pup Sandwich

First thing you got to know is this.
I use to eat these about twice a week.
At the YMCA.
At the curved lunch counter.
The Y was new.
My mom's boss bought me a membership.
Nice place for little Freddie to spend the summer.
This was around 1958 or so.

So I would walk in at lunchtime.
Sit down on a red vinyl-topped round stool.
Order a curly pup.
And french fries.
And a chocolate coke.

And afterwards.
You know how it is.
I would feel like a big shot.
A tough guy.
Ready for anything.

Now I am going to tell you how to do it.
How to make a curly pup sandwich.
So you can be a big shot.
A tough guy.
Ready for anything.

First go to a grocery store.
Buy some hot dogs.
The cheapest possible.
Do not buy chicken, turkey or tofu hot dogs.
You want pork or beef.
With lots of fat.

Then buy hamburger buns.
Do not buy any of that whole grain crap.
Cheap white flour buns are best.
If they got seeds on top don't buy them.
Ok, now go home.

Go into the kitchen.
Take out a frying pan.
Turn up the flame to high.

In the mean time take the hotdogs out of the package.
Put them on a cutting board or plate.
Slice them down the middle lengthwise.
Only cut about half way down.
You will have an intact hotdog with a slice down the middle.
Now cut the hotdog crosswise about every half inch.
Again cut only halfway thru.
The dog will still be intact.

Put some butter in the pan.
Put the dog in the pan.
It will begin to curl as it frys.
This is good.

Put some butter on the inside of the buns.
Put them in the frying pan.
Butter side down.
Take them out when they are nice and brown.

Put some yellow mustard on the both halves of the bun.
The kind that comes in yellow plastic bottles.
Then a piece of iceburg lettuce on the bottom half of the bun.
A tomato slice.
A slice of white onion.
Some hamburger pickels.
And now the curled hotdog.
And finally the top half of the bun.

Eat this Curly Pup sandwich.
Serve it with french fries.
And a chocolate coke.

Now you can be a big shot.
A tough guy.
Ready for anything.


Anonymous Bill said...


1:22 PM, September 07, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...


2:18 PM, September 07, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

AND fortifying. I think having a curly pup must have given you with the feeling that modern industrial culture wa not only mighty but benign, and was wishing you well.

If you want to make a curly pup at home is a wearing a kitchen uniform a good idea? I've got a related question you might know the answer to: Does eating spinach do you any good if it doesn't come in a can?

I am SO enjoying my righteous curly pup. Thanks!

9:44 AM, September 08, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

In my judgement, wearinf a uniform always enhances the experience. Fresh spinach is only good for you if you steal it. Canned spinach has enerything you need. If you don't like the color just add some food coloring.

8:05 PM, September 09, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...

Thank you Fred. Good point about stealing. I'm retired from all that, but you do stir fond memories. I once did put together a pretty big spree, owning for a while, a stormy spring day, tornado included. I did get caught and now I've a debt to pay.

1:34 PM, September 10, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

Make sure that you eat your spinach!

4:21 PM, September 12, 2007  
Anonymous Bill said...


9:42 AM, September 13, 2007  
Blogger timeslag said...

what wine do you recommend with this meal ?

6:02 PM, September 21, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

In my opinion, a nice bottle of Mogen David would do nicely. The bouquet of the young grapes, the undertone of grape jelly goes perfectly with sophisticated sandwich presented herein.

10:54 PM, September 21, 2007  
Blogger MB said...

A skull is an appropriate place for those three words to tumble, Fred! I appreciate your comments and reading very much. The transition at the end of that poem, though, is a little rough I think... seems to me like one ripe for revision.

Wish you could make me a curly pup sandwich so I could be a tough guy, too.

10:08 AM, September 28, 2007  
Blogger MB said...

(I was referring to the end of my own poem, of course.)

10:09 AM, September 28, 2007  
Blogger Fred Garber said...

MB....I like your poem the way it is. Rough is good sometimes. Make a curly pup sandwich for will be tough at least until 5 pm!

10:15 AM, September 28, 2007  
Anonymous Hugh Betcha said...

Your tale(tail) of the pup took me back a few decades when, as teenagers, we could eat like there was no tomorrow. Friend Sam came over one Saturday and ate an entire pkg of curly pups. This was followed by a quart of chicken and noodles and 2 Texas Twin Burgers at the Dog 'n Suds (and fries).
Baloney is great pan fried, too. My sister used to fry it but that just wasn't appealing. Thanks for the inspiration.

4:58 PM, June 07, 2010  

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