Posted by: Erica Retrochef | June 10, 2013

Saucy Dilly Dugouts


Sometimes you come across a retro ad that’s just so delightfully bizarre. And this one has it all. Slightly spooky photo of the recipe’s creator, a crazy mixture of ingredients, and a lot of alliteration.

Pick a pickle, pack a pickle. Buffet buffs will love your pickle boats.

This recipe was brought to you by the letters B and P.

Judy Latham’s Saucy Dilly Dugouts are some of the silliest buffet snacks that I’ve ever seen. It just screams out to be cooked, tasted, and shared with the world — on my blog’s virtual buffet, of course. (I thought I had seen another vintage recipe blog make this before, but when you google “Saucy Dilly Dugout” nothing comes up. So… FIRST!)

(Dubious honor, eh?)

Using 1 pickle for each 2 pickle boats desired, select several Heinz Genuine Dill Pickles and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the centres and combine with 1/2 pound finely chopped frankfurters, 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon Heinz Mustard, 1/2 teaspoon Heinz Worcestershire Sauce, 1/2 cup grated Canadian cheese, and 1/4 cup Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Pack filling into pickle dugouts and serve as finger food on a buffet.

Canadian Cheese? You know it’s a weird recipe when that is one of the least unusual things on the page…


This is an awful lot of ingredients. We’re using plain ol’ cheddar since we have no idea what “Canadian Cheese” is supposed to be — probably like American, and cheddar is just better American cheese?


It took a lot of shopping to find some large enough pickles. And it takes a lot of work to hollow those pickles out!


After that, though, chopping up hot dogs and onions went really fast.


The reception to this dish was mixed. One kid liked it, another hated it. I thought it was pretty good — I like hot dogs with plenty of cheese, sauces, and pickles, although putting all that into a pickle instead of a bun gets overwhelmingly dilly. Buzz, who hates ketchup and isn’t a fan of hot dogs, managed to eat more than one. But everyone agreed that the saucy dilly dogs would be better without the dugouts, and back in some buns. (Saucy!)

Shelf Life Taste Test brought these inside-out hot dogs to the internet on Flickr.


  1. Just what sort of chokehold did the frankfurter industry have on the nation back then? Those puppies get into EVERYTHING!

    ā¤ your site, though! šŸ™‚

  2. I actually think this would be kind of tasty as my own personal midnight snack. Chop the filling really fine, maybe mix with mayo instead of ketchup. But to serve as a snack to guests? Ew. It has that overly-handled, overly fussy vibe, it smacks of desperation – to come up with ‘something’ when all you have are low-rent ingredients. You look at it and think, poor girl, she got up early, pulled out whatever she found in the refrigerator and sweated over this mess, why didn’t she just bring a sub sandwich cut into slices? Or make the whole thing into a dip or spread? Know what I mean?

  3. Look what I found:
    Kraft Canadian Cheese (Canadien)

  4. I’m betting that Judy Latham never existed. The name just sounds better than “Desperate Heinz Marketing Chief’s Saucy Dilly Dugouts.” Wow. What kind of mind would think of something like this? The ingredients are just so random, like something a 7-year-old would invent to gross out his friends. Kudos to you for trying them; I’ll take a rain check.

  5. I would bet anything that Heinz had a recipe contest for pickle recipes, and Judy Latham’s was the winning one. Which would explain why her face is there, and why the pickles were involved at all, even though they just seemed like a lot of extra work!

  6. I love that you make your kids taste-test all of these. Have they outright refused to try anything?

    • Well, the household rule is you try one bite of anything, retro or not, before you can say you don’t like it. So it’s very rare that they outright refuse, although it has happened occasionally. (Frankfurters in Jellied Bouillon, for example…) They DO often complain that it LOOKS bad, though!

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