I usually don’t remember where my more unusual recipe ideas come from. I do know this recipe came from a family time. We were having our annual lefse-making spree and it had been a long day. The rowdy group was myself, son Justin, daughter Emily, and cousin Shirley. We are usually a crazy bunch. I’m not sure how the subject came up but suddenly I knew I needed to make wiener water soup.
We laughed so hard we were crying, as we added funny comments and suggestions to the soup topic. Most of them can’t be repeated on a G-rated blog. The alliteration ‘wiener water’ makes it hard for me to even say without laughing, let alone think of what the recipe would entail. We searched Google later and found it was indeed a thing but not taken seriously.
The original wiener water soup recipe says to boil the wieners in 3 cups of water, throw away wieners and drink the soup. Not what we had in mind. We wanted to eat the wieners as part of the soup.
My P.S. insists we eat all-beef wieners, so they’re not exactly the pig lips and assholes that we assume the usual hot dogs contain. This could be a very flavorful soup if done right. I decided I could be the one to do it. My family encouraged me to give it a go, with the exception of my P.S. He wimped out on me and said he wanted nothing to do with it. Ok. It would be my own special project. I would handle the wieners.
I first had to make a trip to the grocery for the wieners (hot dogs) and chose the all-beef ones for once. I honestly prefer the cheaper ones that are like bologna in tube form. But this time I wanted some extra flavor for the soup, hence the deluxe wieners. I did choose the ones that had no added nitrates. I also picked up some odds and ends I thought would make my soup extra special. I was ready to make soup.
I started by measuring 8 cups of water into a small soup pot and added the package of 8 all-beef wieners. I brought them to a boil over medium high heat and let them cook for about 5 minutes. There were small pools of fat and oil and specks of stuff, a fine way to create a broth.
Using tongs, I removed the hot dogs from the water and set them aside on a plate. I’d slice them and return them to the soup toward the end. I didn’t want to overcook them and make them all weird and shriveled.
I diced a medium onion and added it to the pot.
I also added about 1/2 cup of diced celery, including the leafy tops.
I sliced up several carrots, about a cup, and added them to the wiener broth (I know, I laugh every time I read that too). I added some thyme, minced garlic and salt. I let the pot come to a boil then reduced the heat to medium high and let it bubble for 10 minutes.
I’d peeled several potatoes (about 4 cups) and diced and added them to the pot of soup. They were about 1″ pieces.
I poured the package of shredded cabbage I’d bought that is usually used for cole slaw into the soup pot and stirred well.
I love to use bags of cole slaw for soups, I’m lazy like that. It’s shredded and ready to go.
I added a can of tomato puree to make up for the ketchup we usually put on our wieners. It seemed like natural combination. I let my wiener water soup continue to bubble until the carrots were tender, another 20 minutes or so. It may have been longer, I didn’t actually time it.
After slicing the wieners I added them back into the pot of soup and taste tested for seasoning. I added salt and pepper to taste and was pleased. I loved the way this crazy soup had come together! Soup was done!
The soup was great! The flavor of the wieners definitely came through and the vegetables added to the depth of flavors. The touch of tomato was just the right thing to bring flavors all together. I wish I’d thought to buy hot dog buns. I’d have cubed them, toasted them in the oven and served them on top of the soup as garnish. That would have been a more complete crazy soup presentation. If you’re in the mood, go for it!
Wiener Water Soup
A fun soup made with wieners and the water they're cooked in.
- 1 package all-beef wieners
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- pinch of cayenne
- 4 cups potatoes; peeled and diced to 1″
- 1 package cole slaw mix (cabbages and carrots)
- 15 ounce can tomato puree
- Salt and pepper to taste
- cubed and toasted hot dog buns for garnish (optional)
Add carrots, onion, celery, thyme, garlic and cayenne. Bring to a boil again and reduce to medium high. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add potatoes, pureed tomatoes and cole slaw mix. Simmer until carrots are fork tender, about 20 minutes more.
Slice wieners and add back to pot. Cook for several minutes, until heated through.
Taste test for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.