So, I got this link in my email yesterday: cheese-filled, bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dogs.

I must point out, though, that calling them cheese-filled is something of a stretch: they are hollowed out and injected with easy cheese (from a can), a substance classified as “pasteurized process cheese food product”—it doesn’t even qualify as food and quite likely has more in common with silly putty than it does with cheese.

That’s why I recommend that instead of following the plans outlined in the link, you enjoy a somewhat more wholesome version of the same snack containing real cheese and skipping the step of deep frying.

Simply slit the hot dog lengthwise (not completely in half: just enough to open up a pocket).  Stuff the hot dog with small pieces of your favorite real cheese.  I like a hot pepper cheese for this purpose, but any will work.  Wrap the dog with a slice of bacon and secure each end with a toothpick.  Cook in a hot cast iron skillet until the bacon is done.  By this point, the hot dog will be hot, and the cheese will be melted.  The bacon will have constricted around the dog as the fat cooks off and the protein coagulates.  Remove the toothpicks, put the dog in a bun, and dress it according to your preference.

Personally, I think that hot dogs require mustard equal in size to the hot dog itself; I’ll also add sauerkraut and onions if they’re available.  Never ketchup nor relish (ick!—too sweet!)

5 Responses to “Ugh…”

  1. Xerxes1729 Says:

    In high school, I took Outdoor Recreation instead of PE. We had to do outdoor cooking, and my partner and I made something similar to what you are suggesting. Neither of us could eat it when it was done. Ick.

  2. jwsharrard Says:

    Obviously, the better the sausage, the better the result. I’m not suggesting this to be health food by any means; but hearty and tasty, definitely. My wife was skeptical the first time I made her one, but now she’ll happily eat one occasionally.

  3. Jim Says:

    I had completely forgotten about these. Your grandmother Iva used to do hot dogs this way. Or maybe it was a Lew thing. In any case it was long ago.

  4. courtney Says:

    I saw that link a couple of days ago, and got sick just from looking. But anything that has “food product” written on it skeeves me out.

    We used to do the sliced hot dog cheese thing (no bacon though), I had forgotten all about that.

  5. Johanna Says:

    I remember enjoying those delicious, low sodium treats as a child!

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