5 Ingredient Friday: The French Onion Division Series Dog

I’m a huge baseball fan, so it’s only natural that I love this time of year! MLB Playoff time! My team, the Philadelphia Phillies, set a franchise record with 102 wins in the regular season! How exciting! The Wild Card race came down to one game  and it was a very exciting night for baseball fans.

I wanted to do something fun during the playoffs, so here at One Curly Fry we’re going to spotlight Hot Dogs for 5 Ingredient Fridays during the playoffs!  Many people love a good ballpark hot dog. I wanted to jazz them up a bit for this though. So Mr. Curly Fry and I were brain storming some different flavors that we could put together and put them on a Hot Dog. The Division Series games start this weekend, so it’s only natural that first up is The French Onion Division Series Dog.


  • Hot Dogs
  • Hot Dog Rolls
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Pretzel Croutons (click here for the recipe)
  • Gruyere Cheese (Parmesan works also)


To start off – I like to boil hot dogs, and then finish them off in a saute pan. There’s just something I love about a hot dog that has been pan fried. If I had an outdoor grill I’d be using that, but since I live in the city and live in an apartment building that’s not an option for me.  So cook your hot dogs however you’d like!

Now it’s time to assemble the dog! Put the hot dog in the hot dog roll. Top the hot dog with caramelized onions. Use as much or as little as you want – totally your decision! Put some pretzel croutons on top of the caramelized onions. Top the croutons with cheese (I use a vegetable peeler to get thin slices of cheese to place on top, that way it melts nicely). Place the hot dog on a baking cheese and broil it for 2 minutes, until the cheese melts and is nice and bubbly.

French Onion Hot Dog

All of the flavors come together


5 Ingredient Friday: The Sloppy Joe

There are meals that can be made in a simple way, or a more complex way. Sometimes you just want a quick meal and you don’t want to mess with a bunch of ingredients. Other times you want something that has a bunch of different flavors and to get that you have to use several ingredients. The Sloppy Joe is one of those recipes that I make that can either be simple or a little more complex.  Today I’m going to share the simple way with you. It only involves 5 ingredients and can made rather quickly! This is the Sloppy Joe that I grew up eating. My Mom has always made it this way.  Another day I’ll show you the more complex way that I make the Sloppy Joe.

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • salt & pepper (freebies)
  • rolls

Brown the ground beef or ground turkey in a medium sized pan until it is cooked all the way through and there is no pink.

Add in the chopped onion and green pepper, stir. Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes or so, stirring often.

Add in the can of tomato soup (do not add water) and stir until it’s incorporated.

Let it simmer for about 10 minutes or so, stirring every so often so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Give it a taste, and season with salt and pepper, as needed.

Serve on your favorite roll!


5 Ingredient Friday: Dripping Roast Beef Sandwiches with Melted Provolone

This week’s 5 Ingredient Friday recipe is quick and easy. I was browsing the Parade Magazine that comes with the Sunday paper and came across a recipe  for Dripping Roast Beef Sandwiches with Melted Provolone that looked out of this world! The prep time, cook time and bake time were all under 5 minutes each, so I knew I had to share this with you. You can either do it on the stove top or in the crock pot.

Now to be honest, there are 6 ingredients in this recipe. But I do not like pickled banana pepper rings so I left them out. If you want to add them you can look at the original recipe linked above to find out more information.


  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed French Onion Soup
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef
  • 4 Pepperidge Farm® Classic Soft Hoagie Rolls with Sesame Seeds
  • 4 slices deli provolone cheese cut in half


  • Heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Heat the soup and Worcestershire in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Add the beef and heat through, stirring occasionally.
  • Divide the beef evenly among the rolls. Top the beef with the cheese slices and place the sandwiches onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 3 minutes or until the sandwiches are toasted and the cheese is melted.  Spoon the soup mixture onto the sandwiches.  Top each sandwich with 1 tablespoon pepper rings.

Roast Beef hangin’ out in the crock pot

The one and only…Amoroso’s Rolls!

Here’s the Sandwich


  • Easy Substitution: You may substitute 1/2 of a 11.25-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Texas Toast (4 slices), prepared according to package directions, for the rolls in this recipe.  Serve the sandwiches open-faced.

My thoughts…

As usual, I made a few changes but that is to be expected! I prepared mine in my tiny crock pot. It worked out so well.  I let mine cook in there for about 3 hours, although you do not have to let it cook that long. I used two cans of Condensed French Onion Soup, and I’m so glad that I did. I don’t think that one would’ve been enough. I also added a 1/4 cup of water in with it as well.  I used 1 lb of roast beef, although next time I think I’ll definitely use more. We were able to get 5 sandwiches out of this, but I’d like some leftovers next time.  And as you can see we use Amoroso’s Rolls in stead of Pepperidge Farm.

This was very good, especially for it being so quick and easy. I definitely recommend it. Mr. Curly Fry would’ve preferred those smaller club rolls, but we only had the long ones. Give these a try!