Showing posts with label hot dogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hot dogs. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bourbon Hot Dogs from The Unemployed Cookbook via author Cleo Coyle


After my dear dad passed away last year, I received some of his things. Among them was this blast from the past...


Cooking on Extended Benefits: 

The Unemployed Cookbook. 





The book was put together by volunteers in the Western Pennsylvania area during the deep recession of the 1970s. 


Old joke:


What's the difference between
a Recession and a Depression?

A Recession is when
some other guy loses his job.
A Depression is when I lose mine!



So anyway, while national stats ran to 9% or so unemployment in the mid-1970s, regional stats were appalling. Some towns in our Mon Valley area were registering up to 50% unemployment. Families used to working hard and paying bills on time were now accepting blocks of government cheese and using food banks.

Worst of all, men and women who had decent-paying jobs not only lost them, they fell off the grid. After their unemployment ran out, nobody counted them anymore. Some would never be employed again. Some would find work, but the new jobs would pay them far less that the old ones. 

Recovery? Not a good recovery for them. But that's a song this country has heard before: Eddie Cantor performed the brilliantly ironic lyrics during The Great Depression.


Feeding the Community

As for this cookbook, it was created to raise money for the Mon Valley Food Bank. It was also distributed to families to help them with ideas for cooking at home and eating economical meals. It was done with good humor and good grace, and I'll always cherish it.


Below is a recipe from the book, 

so let's get cooking!



Shockingly tasty...



Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.

Bourbon Hot Dog Bites

Marc and I have seen versions of this dish around the inter-web, but the recipe predates the digital domain. Given that it was in my late father's  Unemployed Cookbook, it's at least 40 years old. 

It's also shockingly tasty. Seriously. We could not stop popping these babies into our mouths.

We did tweak the original recipe, adding dry mustard for better complexity of flavor. We used dark brown sugar instead of light brown for the same reason. And if you're serving these at a party, we suggest using a little slow cooker to keep the bourbon bites warm throughout the evening. 

Finally, we're sharing our bright idea of using pretzel sticks instead of the usual toothpicks or cocktail forks to spear them. That little bit of salty crunch with the sweet bourbon bite certainly had us eating with joy. 

We hope you enjoy it, too...

~ Cleo



For a free, illustrated PDF
of this recipe that you can
print, save, or share, click here.

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Adapted by Cleo Coyle 
from The Unemployed Cookbook

Ingredients:

1 pound of your favorite hot dogs*
1 cup ketchup (we use Heinz Natural)
1 cup bourbon** (we use Jim Beam)
1 teaspoon dry mustard (our addition)
1 cup brown sugar (we suggest dark brown)

*Note 1: This recipe is delicious with beef or pork hot dogs, as well as Brats and cocktail meatballs.

**Note 2: The original recipe suggested that if 1 cup bourbon is too rich for your household, use 1/2 cup bourbon and 1/2 cup fruity red wine.


Directions:

Step 1 - Cut both ends off each hot dog, slice cut each wiener into five, 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.


Step 2 - In a large skillet or saute pan, combine ketchup and bourbon and bring to a boil. As the mixture cooks, add dry mustard and dark brown sugar. Simmer for about 5 minutes and then...


Step 3 - Add your sliced hot dogs (or Brats or cocktail meatballs). When the mixture boils, lower the heat and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm...



SERVING NOTE: Instead of the usual toothpicks or cocktail forks, Marc and I like to serve these with pretzel sticks. That salty crunchy flavor with the sweet bourbon bite is outstanding.







Click here for the
free recipe PDF, and...





Eat with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle


New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What would YOU deep fry? Father’s Day Giveaway from Cleo Coyle



Behold two "Danger Dogs,"
deep-fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs.
Frighteningly delicious!




My husband and I first heard about the "Danger Dog" via a friend in Los Angeles, where the recipe has made its way north from the street food of Tijuana, Mexico. 

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


More fun trivia...


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 my dear Marc fries up these babies (and he doesn't do it often, thank goodness), he always prepares one for me. It may be disgusting, but it’s also to die foran unfortunate phrase since too many of these puppies would insure it, as Esquire pointed out!



Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
Learn about their books
by clicking here and here.
Cleo Coyle's
Danger Dog


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...

*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









My Giveaway Question to You

Now that we've entered carnival and state fair season,
the deep-frying floodgates are open. I've never tried a
deep-fried Twinkie, but I'm game...

What are you longing 
to see deep fried?

The comment contest is
now closed. To see my three winners,
read the announcement post
by clicking here.


(BTW) Yes, I bought a mug for Marc!
They are sold by the wonderful
One Good Woman Coffee and Tea,
at this link!




~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Going to the Dogs: The Westminster Dog Show and the Perfect Hot Dog by Cleo Coyle


When I was a singleton, I felt left out of Valentine’s Day. As part of a couple, it sometimes feels a little forced. On the other hand, the celebration of love need not be limited to couples. Sweethearts come in many forms, including the furry and feathered kind.

Rebel, Bobo, and Cleocatra,
3 of my many New York strays,
rescued from the city streets.
Today happens to mark the second and final day of the annual Westminster Dog Show here in New York City. I always enjoy this show, as well as the Cat Show. (Pictured right are three of my furry Valentines.) 

Both the Cat and Dog shows celebrate the love and appreciation we have for our furry friends, which is a heartwarming sight to see. When "Best in Show" is announced at the end of these events, naming the single cat or pup who captures everyone's heart, it brings tears to many eyes (mine included). 

I especially enjoy watching the wonderful Westsminster Dog Show judging. To wit...


BEST OF BREED and BEST OF GROUP


The "Best of Group" judging is both entertaining and informative. 
As each dog is presented, the announcer explains the basic characteristics of each breed. And each dog presented is already a winner of his or her "Best of Breed" category for the Show, so you're seeing a superior example of the breed. It's a wonderful way to learn more about the world of dogs...


Pictured above is "Finn,"
one of the Best of Breed winners. 

Finn is a Tibetan Terrier, a type of dog first raised and bred in Tibetan monasteries over 2,000 years ago. They first got out of the country when an English physician was given the dog as a gift after caring for a Tibetan woman. 


Finn's win in Best of Breed allowed him to advance to Best of Group. In the video below, you can watch Finn compete in his "Non-Sporting" Group event. 


Best of Group Judging
"Non-Sporting Group"


Click here to view this video
at the Westminster website.


To watch all of the 
"Best of Group" judging 
videos including the 
"Best of Breed" winners in: 

Herding, Hound, Sporting,
Non-Sporting, Terrier, Toy and
Working group categories,



Congrats to the
BEST IN SHOW 

WINNER!




Sky, the ginger
Wire Fox Terrier!

To watch Sky compete in the
Best in Show judging,
with the seven other
"Best in Group" winners, 

click here 

Sky won First Place
out of over 2,800 entries!


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Cleo Coyle, fan of furry 
creatures large and small, 
is author of The Coffeehouse
Mysteries
. Click here to
learn more.
As for today's recipe, in keeping with the theme, I'm going to the dogs...hot dogs! Below I share my tips for cooking the perfect one.

Living in New York, space is limited, especially space in our little kitchen. My husband (and partner in crime-writing) and I often look for ways to make one kitchen gadget serve two or more purposes. 

Case in point: Our pizza pan with holes. Scroll down to see how we make use of it when we cook hot dogs...



Cleo's Tips for Cooking the
Perfect Hot Dog...

Into a saucepan of water toss 3 or 4 cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard powder, and some ground black pepper. When the water begins to boil, add the hot dogs. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes.

The garlic, mustard powder, and pepper add nice flavor to your average dog. The boiling will plump them up and you can eat them right away. You can also throw them on a grill for a few minutes. In fact, this method is a great way to prepare hot dogs for an outdoor grill. It plumps them up with moisture so you won't get dry, shriveled hot dogs. Instead, they'll stay moist and delicious.


And here's that pizza pan trick: 

During the last minute or two of boiling the dogs, set your pizza pan with holes over the saucepan's top. 

Place your open hot dog buns face down on the pizza pan, and in just one or two minutes you'll have nice, warm steamed buns to go with your flavorful dogs. 

Just slap on a little mustard, relish, onions, and...eat with tail-wagging joy!







Happy
Valentine's Day


~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

Yes, this is me, Cleo (aka Alice). 
Friend me on facebook here.
Follow me on twitter here
Visit my online coffeehouse here.







To view the
Coffeehouse Mystery
book trailer, click here.
 





Now a National
Bestseller in Hardcover

A Coffeehouse Mystery 

*Starred Review* -Kirkus

"Top Pick"  -RT Book Reviews

"...a highly satisfying mystery."
-Publishers Weekly



See the book's
Recipe Guide
by clicking here.



* * * 


Coffeehouse Mystery
Free Title Checklist
(with mini plot summaries)


The Coffeehouse Mysteries are bestselling
works of amateur sleuth fiction set in a landmark
Greenwich Village coffeehouse, and each of the
13 titles includes the added bonus of recipes. 


* * * 


Haunted Bookshop
Free Title Checklist,