There's no doubt hot dogs are associated with summer, baseball, backyard BBQs --enjoyed by kids and grownups alike. They're totally tied to good times. While there are countless ways to make a dog, from boiling on the stovetop to a simple grilling, and there's pork or beef or veggie dogs, sausages, too, and an assortment of buns. But the ultimate hot dog, the main prize, is one that is crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle parts. A chef's choice to maximize crisp is to spiralize the hot dog before cooking. When heat is applied, all parts of the meat get lightly charred. For even more fun flavour, try our selection of creative toppings along with the classic ketchup, mustard and pickle relish trio.
To spiralize the dogs, place a skewer through the centre of the dog vertically, end to end. Holding the stick part, angle the hot dog down so the tip of it touches your counter. Place a paring knife at the tip. Hold it at a 90 degree angle and start twirling making a spiral cut running up the dog's sides, careful not to cut all the way through to the skewer. Gently slide off the dog and repeat for the remaining hot dogs. For indoors, place in a lightly oiled cast iron pan on medium-high heat. For outdoors, place directly on high grill. Cook until crisp on all sides, turning occasionally for a couple of minutes until they begin to char. Serve with your favourite condiments and toppings.
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