Death Row Dinner/$15.00 Wienee

Here’s a real crowd-pleaser from my new catering company–Death Row Dinners Catering Crew. My customers swear it’s “food to die for.”

Would anyone really pay $15.00 for a friggin’ hot dog? You bet.  I made some last night.  Here’s how you do it, and here’s what you get.  Upside–I guarantee you this is the tastiest dog you’ve ever eaten.  Downside–it takes over an hour to make.  Take me up on this.  Make this.  This is laugh out loud delicious.

You’re probably going to need to go Krogering first.  Here’s what you’ll need.  Jumbo Hot Dogs.  I use Hebrew National.  (This may be because I’m writing a novel that puts me in direct odds with God, so I’ll take any edge I can get until it’s done.)  A jar of red peppers, a head of garlic, olive oil, some funky Mexican melting cheese, some buns and Balsamic Vinegar.

Start with the garlic. Peel the garlic, cut off the ends, slice them and put them in an aluminum foil boat.

Off to the oven!

Off to the oven!

Drizzle them with olive oil and roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes.  You want them roasted, not burnt.  They should look like this when you’re done.

Vampire-proofing your weiner!

Vampire-proofing your weiner!

Put the garlic in a bowl and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.  Get your jar of red peppers and chop them up into chunky bite size pieces.DSC_0092Crush the roasted garlic with a rock and mix with the red peppers.  Add a couple of drizzles of Olive Oil.

Yummy!

Yummy!

Add some Mexican Cheese.   I’d prefer to use a Manchego, but I didn’t feel like going to the Super Mercado yesterday.  I used this and it worked out just fine.

Mexican Gooey Cheese

Mexican Gooey Cheese

Here’s where you need to pay attention.  This is what makes the difference between a $12.00 hot dog and a $15.00 hot dog.  Put your giant wieners in a pot on the stove and cover them with water.  Bring the water to a boil, then take the wieners off of the burner and let them sit in the hot water for about 5 minutes or so.  Fire up your grill while you wait.  Go ahead and grill them.

Perfectly grilled wienees!

Perfectly grilled wienees!

The boiling/grilling combo really makes them crisp and crunchy on the outside, and moist on the inside.  Lightly toast your buns.  This is important because these wienees are served wet.

Toasted, not burnt!

Toasted, not burnt!

You’re almost done.  Put the dogs on the buns, top with the pepper/garlic/cheese mixture and drizzle a generous amount of Balsamic Vinegar on top.

Can't wait to eat!

Can't wait to eat!

Don’t forget that we’re in a recession, so don’t over do it with the sides and beverages.  The perfect Death Row Dinner should look like this.

Perfect dinner!

Perfect dinner!

Make this.  I’d love to hear what you think.  BTW–not kidding about Death Row Dinners Catering Crew. I’ll post a menu in the next few days.  If you need something ridiculously delicious before that–hit me up.

Cheers!

Jim

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