AKA: hot dogs with bacon and cheese
This recipe is not just for hot dog lovers, but more so, for those who feel that coddling one’s digestive system encourages weakness, while true health and longevity can only be achieved by cultivating the constitution of a cockroach.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- All-beef frankfurters
- Real bacon bits (Hormel or Oscar Meyer)
- Mozzarella cheese
- Hot dog buns
- Beaver Brand Sweet Honey Mustard
Double Pig-Dog Delight is obviously quite easy to make. After all, we’re talking hot dogs, but not just hot dogs, hot dogs with bacon and cheese, hence the double pig, though technically, it’s actually single-pig, since you’ll be using all-beef hot dogs.
Because we’re talking full-on bachelor food, which means maximum flavor for minimal production time, forget about frying bacon and use either Hormel or Oscar Meyer real bacon bits. On the other pig, if time and effort is not an issue, feel free to fry your own bacon. And if you’re very clever, you can make your own real bacon bits for future use.
The brands of hot dog that work best, are Nathans, Hebrew National, and for authentic New York push cart flavor, Sabrett’s (see our blog post) if you don’t mind purchasing in 10 lb. amounts.
Since we’re going for extra processing on the double-pig dogs, we recommend buying more substantial hot dog buns, such as those by Franz. The store brand may be cheaper, but they are also more flimsy (less bread to keep costs down).
To prepare your double pig-dog delight, you’ll need the aforementioned beef hot dog, real bacon bits, buns, and mozzarella cheese. It’s best to go with shredded mozz, since it makes the preparation process much quicker and easier. However, if you don’t mind chopping cheese, you’re free to go with whatever your preference is. Regarding condiments of choice, you can go with any delicatessen mustard, but our personal favorite has become Beaver Brand Sweet Honey Mustard.
Here’s what to do:
- First, fill the buns with mozzarella cheese and put aside.
- Broil hot dogs (If you choose to fry bacon, you can do as you broil the dogs. When both are done, drain on paper towels.
- Melt cheese and sprinkle bacon bits on it. Do not, repeat, not put bacon bits on cheese if you’re melting it in a microwave. You can, of course melt cheese with bacon bits on if you use the oven, but it’s not necessary.
There are actually two ways to put cheese on the bun. If you have a means of steaming buns, the cheese and bacon goes on top of the hot dog. However, if you don’t, you can use a microwave oven (for health reasons, we tend to avoid nuking food, since it does change it on a molecular level), or. On the other hand, if you have no problem with nuking food, microwave three buns on high for about 1-1/2 minutes, remove from oven and place bacon on top of cheese, then the hot dog and mustard. Basically, you want to melt the cheese. The other way to melt the cheese is to place the buns on the broiler pan when the hot dogs are nearly done. Be careful not to burn them. About 30-45 seconds works well. It’s best to turn off the oven when you heat the buns.
If you have a steamer, put the cheese and bacon on top of the hot dog and melt the cheese and bacon together.
Add mustard, and Bob’s your uncle.
Do-It-Yourself Double Pig-Dog Kit
Skinless Beef Franks
Enriched Classic Hot Dog Buns
Real Bacon Bits
Shredded, Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella
Sweet Honey Mustard