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Minnesota Cooking: Hot Dog - How to Boil to Perfection

Updated on February 9, 2017

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
  • chili
  • cheese
  • sliced pickle


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      Char Milbrett 10 months ago from Minnesota

      Yummy.. Thanks for your comment, Tastefullywild!

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      Fern Bailey 10 months ago from Michigan

      Being from Michigan most of us boil our hot dogs until they do split then we pack the opening with coney sauce mustard and onions! YUM!

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      Char Milbrett 13 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your comment, Minnesota Twin!

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      Linda Rogers 13 months ago from Minnesota

      I bet you get a lot of single men or women reading your recipe's. Their perfect for someone that isn't a huge cook and you give to the point, easy instructions. I also appreciate your explanations of the product your writing about. Yuck on the animal intestine on the hot dog. Kinda makes you re-think it. LOL