My family likes pigs in blankets, a nice substitute for hot dogs. Me, not so much. Usually they do canned biscuits for the blanket part and the sweetness of the biscuit against the savory of the frank just doesn't work for me.
Enter the lovely and versatile flour tortilla. I keep these around for quesadilla and the occasional burrito. Today, Cerdos en Serapes.
What you'll need:
Begin by laying out the tortilla and adding the cheese and other things you might want with your little piggy. Be careful not to overload or you won't be able to close the deal. Then, place the frank in the middle of the tortilla and do the burrito wrap. Secure with a wood toothpick or two.
Preheat oven to 400F. Place the cerdos on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven and allow to bake until the serapes are crisp, the cheese is melty, and the cerdos are hot.
Any number of dips and condiments are appropriate here. If you're a gringo, mustard. If you're more into the Tex-Mex vibe, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, queso, ... My Dad likes his with steak sauce (!).
Depending on the condiments, you might serve with side dishes including potato salad, sour kraut, refried beans, ...
Cerdos en Serapes: They're quick, easy, inexpensive, and sure to be a hit with the little ones.
Cooking as Creativity
Cooking can be a creative act. At the very least, unless you merely heat something up, it is an act of MAKING and gratifying as such. I cook as often as I can. Sometimes, though seldom, I work directly from a recipe; this is MAKING. Sometimes, I work totally from "instinct" using what I have on hand, considering the likes and dislikes of my family, thinking about what I'm hungry for, and coming up with something totally unique; this is CREATING. More often, it's something in between working with memories of recipes and the restrictions of the pantry. This last is less creative, but still qualifies. At either end of the spectrum, cooking can and should be fun and gratifying. And you get to eat the results!