It’s rare that I find a technique that is life-changing. I love trying out new ways to do things. Mostly because they are novel and I’m always looking for ways to grow and learn in general. I’ll usually try something once or twice, but that’s about it. It’s on to the next obsession, the next trend, the next new way to do something.
But this, oh man… It is such a simple technique but it makes the average hot dog 10000% tastier than what it was before. You simply stick a skewer into the sausage, take a knife and create a swirl pattern along the meat, which will result in a Slinky looking piece of meat. It does not look like much but once you cook it, the increased surface to volume ratio creates extra crisp, juicy, meaty goodness.
The first time I made this on a grill, the neighboring party came over and asked what kind of meat I was cooking. Once they saw that it was just a hot dog cut up into a fancy shape, they amused at its novelty and went about their merry way. Little did I know that I was a monkey about to touch the monolith.
I’ve eaten my fair share of hot dogs and this one is right at the top. Neck and neck with the deep fried hot dogs they sell at a local hot dog joint in my town. Yes, true to the busy spatula fashion, I had to jazz it up by adding bacon, avocado, Sriracha and Kewpie mayo. (Which by the way, if you can do it, you must. It is a serious flavor bomb.) But honestly, this post is really about the technique. Simply cutting it up in a spiral shape will be life changing. I promise.
Avocado Bacon Spiralized Hotdogs
Hot dog sausage
Avocado, peeled and cut into thin slices
Kewpie Mayo (yes, there is a difference between this and regular mayonnaise)
Potato hot dog buns
Skewers (I understand that this is not an ingredient but SO NECESSARY)
- Stick a skewer through the middle of a hot dog sausage. If it does not go straight and pokes out the side, pull it back and continue until you get it to the other end of the sausage.
- With a sharp knife, make a continuous spiral cut along the sausage, using the skewer as a guide to know how deep to cut the sausage.
- Spread a thin layer of mayo over potato hot dog buns and toast it in a heated frying pan.
- Remove toasted buns and cook sausage over medium heat until well browned and crispy.
- Remove sausages, turn heat to low and cook bacon until desired level of crispness.
- Top toasted hot dog bun with sausage, avocado slices, bacon, Kewpie mayo and Sriracha.
- Enjoy immensely.
Every single time I go to the mall, I have an inner battle with myself. Do I get a soft pretzel or not? I try not to have one because frankly it’s just a chunk of carbs and I always feel a little guilty after I eat it. I suppose the real question is: is it worth feeling guilty about?
I would say that the chance of me caving in is about 50/50. I have a good idea of what it is that I want (plain salted pretzel with lots of golden mustard) until I get to the window and see a glistening pretzel hot dog. How do they get it so shiny and golden? Why do you wink at me so in the fluorescent mall light? Why am I personifying you?
I sit there frazzled until it’s my turn and at this point, I blank out and whatever word comes out of my mouth first is what I get. Sometimes it’s the hot dog, sometimes it’s the pretzel. All I know is that either way I have buttery, carb-y goodness in my mouth. I win.
Sometimes, you don’t want to go to the mall. Sometimes, the drive isn’t worth it and the battle of the parking spot is tiring and stressful. This is for those days, a little reward without the battle.
Pretzel Hot Dogs
4 ½ to 5 c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ c. 110°F-115°F water
½ c. milk
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted plus more for brushing
kosher sea salt/ pretzel salt/ Maldon salt
10 c. water
⅔ c. baking soda
16 Hot dogs
- In a microwave safe cup, warm 1½ c. water until 110°F-115°F or lukewarm. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in dry yeast and let stand until foamy (about 5 minutes).
- While the yeast is proofing, mix 4½ c. flour, milk, salt, and the melted butter into a bowl of a stand mixer.
- Add the water mixture into the flour mixture and stir until a loose dough forms.
- Let stand for 8 minutes to hydrate flour.
- With the dough hook attachment, knead the dough on speed 2 for about 8 minutes. If you see that the dough is still loose and sticks to the bowl, add the remaining half cup of flour and knead until the dough does not stick to the bowl.
- Cover the bowl and let the dough rise until double its size.
- Once the dough has risen, preheat oven to 450˚F and line two sheet pans with either parchment paper or silicone mats.
- In a large pot, boil 10 c. of water and baking soda.
- Divide dough into 16 equal pieces, and form into a long rope. Carefully wrap each piece around a hot dog, pinch the ends together to seal the dough.
- Boil the pretzel hot dogs, one at a time about 15 seconds on each side. Remove from the water and drain thoroughly with a slotted spoon.
- Mix 1 egg with 1 tbsp. water to form an egg wash.
- Place onto the sheet pan and brush bread thoroughly with the egg wash and sprinkle with your choice of salt.
- Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Brush generously with melted butter.
- Let Cool. Eat with a lot of mustard.
Pretzel recipe adapted from Jo Cooks.