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Crystal Palace Hot Dog Sauce

Re: Cornbread
From: Bonnie 
Date: 10/5/2023, 4:36 PM
To: Phaedrus 

You're not going to believe this! A relative of the man who owned the restaurant 
just published the recipe I've been searching for. This is a really big deal 
because they closed about 40 years ago and none of us have ever been able to 
find the recipe. It was served on top of a hotdog or a hamburger and I literally 
have been trying all the variations on your site for years. Can you tell what 
I'm going to make for dinner tonight?
This is from the Crystal Palace in Reading, Pennsylvania, a landmark in our 
Berks Hotdogs are made in Reading and they are delicious. We all support this 
local company that has been in business for many many years. I think he 
referred to them as "cheap" because back then, they really were, just as 
everything was. 
Have a great day!

On Sep 27, 2023, at 12:16 PM, Phaedrus wrote:

Thanks, Bonnie!


I have transcribed the recipe given on the image below:


Hot Dog Sauce Recipe - Crystal Palace Restaurant

Sweet Spanish onion chopped and sauteed
2 tablespoons butter mixed together with the burger
3 lbs lean burger

Mix all together on low heat

4 tsps. of chili powder
4 tbsps of Mexican hot chili powder
4 tbsps of cumin
1 tsp salt

3 cups of water - cook and simmer on low for 3-4 hours

Use cheap Berks hot dogs.
Re: The Usual Mystery
From: Ray
Date: 10/24/2023, 5:13 PM

On 10/24/2023 3:45 PM, Ray wrote:

I should not ask--but will--when you got the most recent recipe for
a hot dog sauce, the recipe called for "Mexican hot chili powder," 
and that was all that was not clear in the recipe.  Now just where 
does one get this "powder," or...

 Well, you don't usually comment on a recipe's  ingredients, but 
 one wonders just what the  essential ingredient might be.  I'd 
 suspect it's  as vague to you as to me.  And so, the recipe, is 
 "uncertain"?  Fodder for fun and cheap hot-dogs.   They will 
 bear up.  I'm sure they always do.   Need a good bun.


 Hi Ray,

 "Mexican Chili Powder" puzzled me, too.  I did some online research, and I did not find a product that had a label name of "Mexican Chili Powder." Pursuing the matter further, I read that Mexican chili powder is "hotter than regular chili powder." I was successful in finding a product called "hot chili powder." McCormick has such a product. I also found  Mexican brands of chili powder, so I assume that's what's meant. You can probably find this product at Mexican grocery shops. Finally, I read that you can turn ordinary chili powder into "hot chili powder" by adding cayenne pepper to it. No quantities given, so I guess it's "to taste."


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