How to Cook Hot Dogs

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Recipes | No Comments

Hot dogs are one of the easiest, most delicious things to cook, unless you don’t know how to cook. The thing is, my mom never taught any of her children how to cook. She wanted us to study and receive a good education. Just as she figured out how to cook, she decided her kids were smart enough to figure it out on their own as well. One of the first things I learned to make when I left my childhood home was hot dogs.

Hot Dogs

Gone are the days when hot dogs are just a tube of mystery meat and fillers. Now there are some great beef and chicken hot dogs on grocery shelves alongside the dubious ones.

Hot dogs are pre-cooked so you’re just warming the meat up. No worries about undercooking hot dogs.

Servings: 4 people
Total Time: 15 minutes

8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
ketchup (optional)
mustard (optional)

Preparation and Cooking

  • Fill a 5 quart dutch oven or at least a fairly large pan that’s not a frying pan 1/2 to 3/4 full of water
  • Open the hot dog packages and place the hot dogs in the water-filled pan.
  • Put the pan on your range and turn the burner on high.
  • When the water reaches a rolling boil (the water is really boiling), then the hot dogs are done.
  • Take some tongs and lift the hot dogs out of the water into hot dog buns.
  • Add ketchup and mustard to taste (optional).
  • Hot Dogs #2

    Now you can make hot dogs! But wait, there can be so much more you can do! There are an endless number of topping combinations for hot dogs.

    Use things that are already in the refrigerator, like I did with these hot dogs. I topped these hot dogs with shredded cheese and bacon bits.

    Chicken Hot Dog with shredded cheese and bacon bits

    Hot Dog with Shredded Cheese and Bacon Bits

    Then I found some jalapeños in the fridge and leftover diced tomatoes. I added diced purple onions for color which made me cry, but not as bad as yellow onions. Zach read that chewing gum would stop they crying but I don’t like chewing gum so I’ll probably just continue to cry. I spread some sour cream on the bun and voila a fiesta hot dog!

    Fiesta Dog

    Fiesta Dog #2

    The last hot dog idea I had is a gluten free Asian style hot dog. I took two pieces of red leaf lettuce, added a little bit of rice down the middle which keeps the hot dog in place on the lettuce. Then I topped it off with shredded carrots, diced daikon radish and a vinaigrette dressing.

    Gluten Free Asian Style Hot Dog

    Gluten Free Asian Style Hot Dog

    I think this last one is a work in progress. It’s pretty messy.

    As you can see, once you know how to cook hot dogs, the variations are endless and endlessly delicious! Have a great week everyone!

    Love, Ana

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