Showing posts with label Fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What Is a Danger Dog? Cleo Coyle Tells You and Cooks One Up!

My husband, Marc, doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t drink (much). But on days he’s semi-suicidal (few and far between, thank goodness), he makes this lunch. Needless to say, I cringe when I see the ingredients hit the kitchen counter: hot dog, bacon, cooking oil…oh, god.

Marc first heard about the "Danger Dog" via a good friend in Los Angeles, where the recipe has made its way north from the street food of Tijuana, Mexico. Here's the scoop on this deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dog and its variations.

Where the Danger Dogs Roam

  • Down Mexico way, the original Danger Dog (aka Tijuana Bacon Dog) is topped with grilled onions and hot chili. North of the border, this same barker is often topped with mayonnaise, and in Los Angeles, California, it’s known as a street dog.

  • The Jersey Breakfast Dog is a bacon-wrapped hot dog that is deep fried until it’s curled or falling apart. Also called rippers, they're served with fried or scrambled eggs.

  • A Chicago variation is the Francheezie, a jumbo hot dog split and stuffed with cheddar or Velveeta cheese before it’s wrapped in bacon and (oh, yes) fried.
The truth is, when Marc fries up these babies, he always prepares one for me. I hate to admit this, but I do consume it with (you guessed it) joy. It may be disgusting, but it’s also to die foran unfortunate phrase since too many of these puppies would insure it. 

Finally, a fun note. A few years ago, Esquire magazine actually put the "bacon-wrapped hot dog" on its list of Sixty Things Worth Shortening Your Life For. What number was the bacon dog? Hard to believe it, but #1. To see the entire list, click here

Esquire's list left me wondering
what would be on yours?

Cleo Coyle, Danger Dog eater,
 is author of The Coffeehouse

What food or foods would you shorten your life for? 
As a writer who deals in food and death, I'd really like to know. Just leave your answer in the comments and have a delicious day.

Because we don’t own a deep fryer, my husband was forced to adapt and overcome—to borrow a motto from the Marines, a few of whom would probably enjoy this recipe, too, with a few good beers. And since Father's Day happens to be this Sunday...

Cleo Coyle's Danger Dog!
Fried, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

*Optional Grilling instructions below...

Makes 6 servings 

6 hot dogs 
6 slices bacon 
1 cup vegetable oil (we use canola oil) 
6 hot dog buns 
12 wooden toothpicks 

(Additional optional topping suggestions: grilled or raw onions, mayo, mustard, relish, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, etc.)

Step 1—Slice the hot dogs (important): Slit each dog lengthwise. Don’t split the dogs in two, simply cut a deep slice. This cut will help the hot dog cook at the same fast pace as the bacon. It also will prevent the dog from bursting when it hits the hot oil.

Step 2—Wrap with bacon: Take one slice of bacon, regular or thick cut, and tuck the end of the slice into the cut at the tip of the hot dog. Wrap the bacon around the hot dog, being careful to completely cover the hot dog with the bacon. When finished wrapping, tuck the opposite end of the bacon into the hot dog's slit. Secure both ends with dry toothpicks. See my photos below.

(If grilling over charcoal, gas, or an open flame, be sure to soak the toothpicks in water for at least an hour before inserting into the dogs. This will prevent the toothpicks from burning. See more grilling notes below.)

Step 3—Fry the dogs (*see grilling option below): Place about one inch of oil at the bottom of a skillet and heat at medium until the oil is shimmering and ready to smoke, about five minutes. (If using a deep fryer, set to 375° F.) When the oil is hot enough, quickly place 2 to 4 hot dogs into the oil. For best results, do not fry too many at one time. If pan frying, cook about three minutes on one side, then turn and fry for an additional four minutes. If using a deep fryer cook the hot dogs for about seven minutes. Remove from heat and drain on a paper towel. Serve warm on a bun and add your favorite condiments.

*GRILLING OPTION: To grill bacon-wrapped hot dogs, keep these notes in mind: (1) Soak the toothpicks in water for a good hour before inserting or they may burn up on your grill. Or use metal skewers instead of toothpicks and you won't have to worry. (2) The cooking time will be longer on the grill, about 6 to 8 minutes per side. You're watching for the bacon to cook through without burning.

F o o d i e
P h o t o s

Happy Father's

Eat with joy.

~ Cleo Coyle, author of 
The Coffeehouse Mysteries 

To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.

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