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!

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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.

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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?

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  1. This is something I had not heard about and will try! I enjoy a good fried pickle..and I have always wanted to try a fried candy bar! Fried chocolate! yummy!

  2. I'd like to find out what the cheesecake tastes like. Wonder if it's better plain or fried.

  3. I think this hot dog will just about satisfy that longing! My mom used to broil a hot dog stuffed with cheese and bacon wrapped around it, but I think this will top that! I had a chili-cheese dog for dinner (yes, bad but yum) - this sounds even better.

  4. I've tried a deep fried snickers and deep fried pickles. I love a hunk of cheese
    that have a rye bread type of batter around it and deep fried .. MY FAV !!!


  5. Cleo--gorgeous pix! I would definitely join you and Marc for one of those dogs:) xo

  6. Oh, Cleo! Lead us into temptation!
    I can imagine doing this with a cheddar dog (they already have the cheese in them).
    I tried a fired pickle. Meh. Not very impressed.

    1. PS Love the way you've set them off with lovely colorful fruits and veggies.

  7. Well I think that Danger Dog looks delicious. For some reason I have been hungry for hot dogs lately. Love them grilled. I like a good fried pickle, especially when it's served with a good dipping sauce.......a goumand I am NOT!!!!

  8. I'd like a deep fried slice of salmon with a bacon wrap.

  9. I would love to deep fry flounder. Fish is my favorite for the summer. thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. Deep frying zucchini would be delightful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. Helena GeorgetteJune 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    My son & I love these! I like making them with thick bacon & grilling them. I make my own pepper onion relish to go with them. So Good! Thank you Cleo :D

  12. These sound really good even though I don't really fry food since we're trying to eat healthier

  13. After reading these comments, I want to try every single one of these things! My mouth is watering at the sight of those Danger Dogs. I'm going into the kitchen to see what I can deep fry.

  14. Laine - LOL, these comments are making my mouth water. You know, I'm actually having fried fish for dinner tonight after seeing it suggested here several times! And I love the other suggestions, too.

    Thanks to everyone for commenting, and keep them coming. The contest is open until this Saturday night. Like the Terminator, I'll be back...

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  15. What a hoot! I love fried everything (although I don't usually eat it!) but I'll be dreaming about danger dogs now.

    Thanks, Cleo.


  16. I try not to fry too often, but there may be a few things here and there I'll cave in to from time to time. I've seen the street carts cooking up danger dogs in parts of LA. Some friends swear by them and make it a point to get one when they are in the right areas.

  17. Cleo thanks for the contest! Deep fried? I would have to try deep fried potato balls. Made from refrigerated leftover mashed potatoes. My daughter and I have talked about trying this for a while. Hmm, I wonder if you can inject the gravy into the ball right before frying it?

    Thanks again, John (This comment originally left on the Goodreads feed for this blog)

  18. I would love to try a deep friend brownie. I love brownies and everything tastes better deep fried! :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

  19. Those hot dogs look delicious but sooooo lethal! My biggest weakness is fried fish, especially fish and chips. I've tried the fried pickles mentioned by other commenters and I was not overly impressed either. If I'm going to take the plunge with fried food I want it to be delicious. :) rencw@verizon.net

  20. I'm not fond of fried foods - except for French fries - and cheese curds at the fair - but these look fantastic! A deep fried Milky Way would be fun to try.

  21. I live in Texas and just about everything has been subjected to deep fat frying at the state fair (sticks of butter, oreos, you name it!). I eat very few fried foods, but my weakness is deep fried cheese curds. The best can be found in Wisconsin. Yummy!

  22. Deep fried reese cups! We had them one time at a local harvest festival. I wish I had bought more. And deep friend mac and cheese is great too. :)

  23. Fried ice cream is my favorite--maybe with a fried s'more or brownie. Ronnalord (at)msn(dot)com

  24. Deep fry to me means french fries or donuts.
    Mother used to broil a split hot dog with either cheese or mashed potatoes, or both, stuffed in the split, and wrapped in bacon. I remember them as being delish. Never could get my own family to eat them.

  25. Deep fried anything sounds good to me but my arteries are hardening just reading these posts. lol

  26. Thanks to everyone for your fun fried food comments! The contest is now over, but I had a great time reading through your suggestions (and even learned a few things)!

    Warm congrats to my three winners, announced at the link below. And HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the good men out there!

    To see the winners, read my winning announcement post by, clicking here.

    ~ Cleo