Normally on Saturday I do a healthy dish, but tomorrow is the Super Bowl and it’s American Tradition to eat “guy” food and not care. We are a funny lot, we Americans. We diet more than any other country and we pig out a lot. I mean pig out as in ribs, pork barbecue, and bacon. It’s just who we are.
I was thinking about super bowl food, (not a specialty of mine) and I thought about something we had growing up which was a super treat. Hot dogs, sliced down the middle, stuffed with cheddar cheese, and wrapped in bacon. Not only does it taste every bit (no better) than it sounds, the bacon crackling around the hot dog and cheese in the oven will bring the guys running into the kitchen.
Just be careful if you send a guy to the store. He might come back with Goliath, when you’re thinking David. He brings these giant sized, Hebrew National hot dogs, which taste wonderful, but there are huge. The small dog is a normal size, so you can see how big the big ones are.
But, this does bring me to brands. I hate to get all healthy on you when it comes to super bowl and hot dogs, so I’ll stick with taste.
I would not use Oscar Meyer because in a side by side tasting, there was a remarkable difference. The saltiness of the Oscar Meyer dog was overbearing and does not mix well with cheese and bacon. On the other hand, the Hebrew National was delicious.
Hebrew National are kosher certified, have no fillers, no artificial flavors or colors, no by-products and is taken from only a certain part of the cow. They do pass the taste test and have very little shrinkage. Hebrew National has not asked me to speak for them in any way. and, yes, I realize I am wrapping kosher dogs in bacon.If you looking for nitrate free, Trader Joe’s is a good choice, and they taste good. The best tasting dog in our opinion is Hebrew National and, if you need to cut out nitrites, go with Trader Joe’s. I have not tried all hot dogs on the market, so if you know of some good choices, let us know. My recommendations are anecdotal only and not scientific.
My suggestion is to use the regular size hot dogs and make two per person, but my husband would completely disagree here. The problem is bun size. If you get regular dogs, you use regular buns. I’m not sure what to do with these Goliath dogs, but he doesn’t see the problem. He says they sell bigger buns, but he likes that extra bite that sticks out of the roll. I think it’s a guy thing. I’ve yet to talk to a girl about hot dog size, etc.
Take to a party: Cook dogs, wrap all in foil. Bring buns separately. Heat in oven while you are toasting buns. Serve.
- Hot Dogs
- Grated Cheddar Cheese (1 tablespoon grated per hot dog)
- Bacon (one slice of bacon per hot dog)
- Preheat oven and cast iron pan at 400 degrees.
- You can use a baking stone or baking dish, but you will get the desired crispiness in the cast iron pan. Use a pre-heated pan; it should sizzle when you put the bacon-wrapped dogs in.
- Grate cheese.
- Slice hot down center, leaving it still in one piece. Stuff. Wrap in bacon. I don’t use tooth picks, as they are harder to turn. just carefully turn and they should still stay together.
- Check at 8 minutes. Turn at 8-10 minutes. Serve in toasted buns.