Sonic the Hedgehog

Episode: The Odd Couple
Chili Dog

With all the running around I’ve been doing lately, I’m starting to feel like Sonic the Hedgehog. I can’t beat feet like “The Fastest Thing Alive,” but throw me a Power Ring and let’s see what happens. But even if I had some extra juice power, there’s no way I can match Sonic’s attitude. He’s as arrogant as can be and goes around singing about himself. I love it! You know who doesn’t love it? That angry, evil Dr. Robotnik. He’s got all the makings of a classic villain: an army of Swat-bots, a pet robot bird to love on, and a nephew/lackey to yell at named Snively. You’d think he’d be able to take control of all of Mobius. Well he would if the Freedom Fighters weren’t around. They set Sonic SatAM apart from the other Sonics out there and I love the entire cast of characters. Among them there’s the strong-minded princess, the sweet, little kid, the smart mechanic, the kick-butt girl, and Antoine. Oh how I adore stupid, cowardly, little Antoine with his bad English and his intense love of French cuisine. (Poor preparation of dishes such as Crêpe Suzette and Escargot can and has been used as a form of torture for him.) And since Antoine is such a gourmet, you can already guess how he feels about chili dogs.

Sonic’s and Antoine’s personalities clash anyway, but things (Or should I say just Antoine.) get crazy when the two are forced to bunk together during a snow storm. When Sonic’s hut gets smashed by Dulcy, (Thanks to Antoine.) Sonic packs his socks and makes himself at home with Antoine. Thinking that he’s being a good roomie, Sonic decides to whip up some chili dogs for the two of them because you haven’t lived until you’ve had one of Sonic’s ol’ dogs. (Antoine was not thrilled.) Now Sonic means well, but chili dogs are a messy business and they’re even messier when Sonic’s the one holding the pans. He smacks a can of chili and sends the stuff bouncing all over the house and right into neat-freak Antoine’s face. When he gets upset about it, the oblivious Sonic just assures Antoine that he can have another helping. Antoine can’t handle that and just faints. Once he regains consciousness, Antoine sees that Sonic’s chili dog adventures have trashed his kitchen. Sonic only has chili dogs on his mind so the first thing he says to Antoine is that he saved him a dog. He then proceeds to eat it anyway. Antoine goes a little nuts and screams about chili dogs in his wardrobe.

Recipe makes 2 chili dogs

Ingredients

1 (15 ounce) can of hot chili

2 hot dogs

2 hot dog buns

2 green olives

Chopped onion

1 tablespoon vegetable oil for cooking

Directions

Chili:

Open the can of chili into a medium pan over medium heat. Cook the chili, stirring occasionally, until the chili is cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Hot Dog:

Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add hotdogs to the pan and cook until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally.

Putting It All Together:

Split a hotdog bun open and place a hotdog inside. Smother the whole thing with chili. Garnish with chopped onion and a green olive. Enjoy!

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This recipe is a super simple one where you just throw things together, but that’s what makes it perfect for when you’re stuck over at someone’s house with a hankering for chili dogs. (Just try not to mess up the house so bad.) Making chili dogs away from home isn’t a common practice of mine, but I’m going to change that because they’re way past delicious! Uncle Chuck eats chili dogs and he’s been roboticized. But Antoine’s an odd one and isn’t a fan. The chili dogs aren’t enough to push Antoine over the edge, but they bring him right to it. Once Sonic starts sleeprunning, Antoine completely loses it and starts laughing maniacally and trashing his hut to the point that Sonic can’t stand him anymore and leaves. A tree even comes crashing down on his hut and he just goes on laughing. Poor little Antoine.

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Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

Episode: Trail of the Missing Tails (And a lot of other episodes)
Chili Dog

I’ve been a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog since before I could properly hold a controller. I would watch my brother play over and over until I was deemed worthy enough to give it a whirl. After spending countless hours with The Blue Blur, I became a fanatic. And just when I thought Sonic couldn’t get any cooler, he started showing up on my television! My brother and I were very Sonic and Tails as kids, so the show fit us to a T. We also got a kick out of the game references, like music, or areas, or the stupid hench-bots. We loved those guys. Except Coconuts. We hated those Badniks before the show and we still hate them. My parents didn’t have much of an opinion either way on the show, but they probably rue the day that “I’m waiting.” became a permanent part of our vocabulary.

Besides the memorable quotes and characters, this show also introduced us to Sonic’s favorite food: chili dogs. I don’t know if I ever had a chili dog before watching the show, but afterward, I wanted them A LOT. That’s probably because Sonic and Tails were eating them all the time! Sonic can pull out an entire kitchen and whip one up in seconds. He’s also quite the chili dog connoisseur and can tell what’s in one just by taking a whiff. He’s a real fan of Dr. Robotnik’s chili and loves his dogs well-spiced with danger. As for myself, I’m not too picky, but this is the chili I grew up on. Well, a chili dog isn’t going to make itself, is it? “Gotta speed, keed!”

Recipe makes 8 chili dogs

Ingredients

Chili:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 pounds ground beef

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon chili seasoning

1 teaspoon sugar

3 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans

1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 (29-ounce) can tomato purée

1 (29-ounce) can tomato sauce

 

Hot Dog Buns Or

Homemade Buns:

1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)

1 tablespoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons instant non-fat dry milk powder

1 ½ teaspoons salt

¼ cup olive oil

3 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons melted butter for brushing

 

Hot Dogs or Polish Sausages

Chopped Onions and Shredded Cheese (Optional)

 

Directions

Chili:

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and cook until ground beef is brown and cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Drain the grease from the pot and return to the heat. Stir in garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, chili seasoning, and sugar. Add the contents of the kidney bean cans, liquid and all. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato purée, and tomato sauce and increase the heat to high. Once the chili begins to boil, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for one hour.

Hot Dog Buns:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let rest for 5 minutes or until foamy. Combine flour, dry milk powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add olive oil and yeast mixture to flour. Stir to combine and form into a ball with your hands. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball again and place in a large bowl. Lightly coat dough with oil and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until it has doubled in size. Turn out the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll out the balls into 4 ½ inch long cylinders. Slightly flatten the cylinders and place on a baking sheet. For soft-sided buns, place the buns close enough together on the baking sheet so they will touch as they rise. Cover the baking sheet with a towel and allow the dough to rise for another hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake the buns for 25 minutes. Remove the buns and brush the tops with melted butter. Cover with a towel and let cool completely.

Hot Dog or Polish Sausage:

Sonic has been seen boiling what he calls sausages, but I usually just pan fry them. It’s just a matter of preference.

Boiling:
Bring enough water to submerge hotdogs to a boil in a pot or saucepan on high heat. Add hotdogs and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 3 to 6 minutes, depending on the doneness you want. Remove the hot dogs and drain.

Pan Frying:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add hotdogs to the pan and cook until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally.

Putting It All Together:

Split a hotdog bun open and place a hotdog inside. Garnish with chopped onions and shredded cheese. Smother the whole thing with chili. Serve and chow down!

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There’s no need to journey all the way to Wienerville for a great chili dog. You don’t even have to set foot on Mobius. We’ve got all the succulent sausages, sauce, onions, and cheese we need right here and no Dr. Robotnik or relations to spoil our fun. Man, all this chili dog talk sure is making me hungry. I think I’ll go have 1 or 2 or 147. I am up, over, and gone!

 

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