For a brief moment, tonight, I thought about calling this blog post “Little Boys”, but then I very quickly realised in this day and age that probably wasn’t such a good thing to do. The truth is, in my family at least, and probably in lots of other Australian families, “cocktail frankfurts” have been fairly regularly referred to as “Little Boys”. I don’t think I need to explain the reason why.
Cocktail frankfurts are the shorter version of a saveloy. At this stage, I should point out the phrase, “fair suck of the saveloy” is also a commonly used phrase in Australia. Even our former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd was known to use the phrase. We’re are truly an odd country, aren’t we?
Saveloys can turn up in many different incarnations including as “hot dogs”, “dagwood dogs” and “pluto pups”. In America, they’re probably deep fried, also. All of the above are “cooked versions” of the saveloy which, for as long as I’ve known, can also be consumed “raw”. Or at least that’s what I thought until I went to the supermarket earlier today.
Yes, this morning when I went to the supermarket and ordered “half a kilo of cocktail frankfurts”, I looked down at the delicatessen shelf and noticed, for the very first time, a sign for both cocktail frankfurts and saveloys saying “these must be cooked before consumption”. I was a little surprised by the sign as I’ve been consuming both saveloys and cocktail frankfurts in the raw form for most of my life. I’ve eaten them cooked as well, but I was never aware they “needed” to be cooked until today.
So of course, I went online and asked the question, “do cocktail frankfurts need to be cooked?” As I discovered, there’s a variety of opinions…
There is no need to cook cocktail franks and they are just like most cold meats in that they are ready to eat as is. However, with franks it is preferable to eat them heated, so a short dip in some hot ,but not boiling water for about 2 mins would work well.
Used to eat them raw all the time. But they taste better heated with some nice rich tomato sauce.
Cheerios (I live in QLD :)) can be eaten raw with no (apparent) health concerns… Used to eat a dozen raw at a time when I was a little kid.
They do taste ALOT better cooked for just a couple of mins in boiling water though.
Cheerios (QLD) can be eaten cold (usually eaten as finger food at parties). Frankfurts (the longer ones, usually used in hot dogs) should be cooked.
So there you go… the consensus is they taste better when they’re cooked, but they’re okay to eat raw (as I have done for forty-something years).