Minnesota Cooking: Hot Dog - How to Boil to Perfection
What is a Hot Dog
A hot dog is a ground beef, seasoned sausage. It is a mixture of beef and spices and enclosed in a tube. The tube, of course, is called a casing, but in reality, is an intestine from some animal.
Cooking a Hot Dog
Place your hot dogs in a pan and pour enough water in the pan to cover the hot dogs. Bring your pan to a boil, and then, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pan.
After you bring your hot dogs to a boil, you will simmer them for at least twenty minutes. You'll need to put your cover on crooked, or cocked, so that the steam can escape.
Make sure that your heat is just enough to create some boil, but not enough to be boiling rapidly. Why? Because, if you heat the dogs with too much heat, the dogs will split and the filled contents will be exposed to the water.
Anatomy of a Hot Dog
Instead of a Bun - Use Oatmeal Bread
Once Your Dog is Cooked
When your dog is ready to be eaten, my favorite is to place it on a piece of Oatmeal Bread and liberally cover with French's Mustard.
Other variations that others like, are:
- minced onion
- minced pickle
- sliced pickle