Weve all been on a budget and stocked our cupboards with instant ramen noodles. But they can quickly become boring and unsatisfying. Not to mention, the flavor packet contains 800-1000mg of salt (including MSG). Thats almost as much salt as the average adult should have in an entire day. No bueno.
This easy-to-do recipe uses common things most of us have around the house and really takes simple ramen to the next level. After boiling a hot dog, youll use the same water to boil your noodles. Yup, that water is loaded with flavor. Think of eating a juicy hamburger right off the BBQ. That juice is fat. Fat is flavor and your hot dog just flavored your ramen noodles. That, with a simple creamy parmesan sauce, youll never go back to old school instant noodles again.
So toss out the flavored salt, grab a hot dog, and lets make some All American Ramen!
|Hot dog||1 Medium|
|Ramen noodles||1 Pack|
|Parmesan cheese||1 Tablespoon , shredded|
|Olive oil||1 Tablespoon|
|Parsley||1 Teaspoon , dry|
|Black peppercorn||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Water||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
1.In a medium sauce pan, add the water and the hot dog and bring to a boil.
2.Once boiling, cook for about 3 minutes or until you see the seam (on most wieners) split.
3.Carefully remove the hot dog to a small plate and set aside.
4.Do not turn off the heat or discard the hot dog water, this is now your ramen noodle water.
5.The water should still be boiling and perfect to add your noodles. 6.Boil them for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
7.Then cover your pan and carefully strain out the majority of the water into the sink, by creating a tiny gap with the lid.
8.Put the lid back on the pan and return to the stove, making sure the heat is turned off.
9.Grab your trusty chef's knife (from your Kitchen Arsenal) and cut the hot dog into thick nickel-sized rounds (do your best to keep them all the same size).
10.Over medium heat, add the olive oil to a sauté pan (also known as a frying pan) and once it begins to thin out, carefully add the chopped hot dog, making sure the pieces lay flat.
11.Sauté for about a minute until they begin to form a nice brown crust, then carefully turn over with tongs or a spatula (use rubber tongs / spatula if your pan is non-stick).
12.Cook for another 30 seconds, then add the butter and half of the red pepper flakes (if using), half the parsley and black pepper.
13.Continue cooking until the butter melts (keep on eye on this so the butter doesn't burn).
14.Carefully pour your ramen noodles into the sauté pan. Toss in half of the Parmesan and give it a gentle stir until combined.
15.To serve, pour the mixture onto a plate or large bowl, top with the remaining parmesan, parsley and red pepper. And voila! You've made some rocking' All American Ramen! Bon Appetite!
NOTE: Because most hot dogs and Parmesan cheese contain a good deal of salt, no additional salt was added to this recipe.