(Hot Dogs, Literally! But Brazilian Style...)

(For birthday parties)

Here's a way to prepare hot dogs for a crowd. It's birthday party food in Brazil, but you can invite your friends over to surf the Web or watch a Blue Ray while you munch on these. For more Brazilian birthday party food ideas, see Brigadeiros.

For each package of hot dogs - choose the low-fat kind - you'll need:

2 medium onions, sliced thin

1 large green pepper, sliced thin

3 large tomatoes, seeded and cut in big chunks

2 Tbsp of the best olive oil you can find

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of hot dog buns or French bread rolls (I even use a baguette sometimes)

Heat the olive oil and sauté the sliced onions and green pepper. Add chopped tomatoes and enough water to cover everything. Add salt and pepper. Simmer until you have a nice sauce, then add the hot dogs, Don't overcook, you want to be able to spoon the onions, green pepper and tomatoes over the hot dogs. Meanwhile heat the buns.

To serve: Place a hot dog inside each bun, spoon the sauce over it. Make sure everybody has a plate and some napkins, may get a bit messy when they bite into it (sauce usually runs down your chin and your fingers, believe me!).

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