Hot diggity dog…

Hot Dog Recipe

If I were to think of the food my childhood – it would be these: Handmade dough lovingly wrapped around hot dogs that somehow gained the name Hot Dog Diggities…or Hot diggity dogs…I’m not sure where the name came from and I’m not even actually sure what the real name was, but they were a favorite.

They were enough work that my mom didn’t make them all the time, but I remember a number of times requesting them on my birthday – they were the special meal because…well, fresh bread I suppose. Any meal with fresh bread is a treat. When we were first married, I started making them because I had more time than money and the leftovers fed us for days. They soon became Steve’s favorite as well.

I know a lot of people have variations of these – pigs in a blanket – wrapped in pre-made crescent dough but these will knock them out of the park. And as I’ve mentioned before – Costco all beef hot dogs are the only ones I use.

Here’s the recipe:
2 cups of lukewarm water
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp yeast
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tsp salt
2 eggs
7 cups of flour (1/2 all purpose, 1/2 bread flour)

Combine water, yeast and 1 tbsp sugar in a small bowl. In a larger mixing bowl, combine butter, salt, eggs and one cup of flour. Start mixer. Once yeast is bubbly, add to mixing bowl and add another cup of flour. Mix  well. (Using the whisk attachment). Switch to the dough attachment and start adding the rest of the flour until the mixtures makes a soft dough. It may be more or less than 7 cups of flour. Cover and let rest until it doubles in bulk. Once dough has nearly doubled, cook the hot dogs in a pot of boiling water. Take a small ball of dough and pull it to the length of the hot dog and start to cover the entire dog. Place them on a greased sheet, not touching. Let them rise again. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Hot Dog Recipe

Hot Dog Recipe

 

 

The best hot dog you will ever bbq

Summer = BBQ. And BBQ = Hot Dogs. Its hot dog season.
Best Hot Dog you will ever BBQ
And before you think – the way you cut your hot dog can’t possibly make a difference in the taste – let me tell you it totally does.

With very little effort – your hot dogs will taste better than ever before; the best hot dog you will ever bbq.

The supply list is pretty short: Hot dogs, skewers (metal or wooden) and a knife.

Start with your favorite brand of hot dog (mine happens to be the Kirkland All Beef hot dogs from Costco) and a skewer.
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs
Skewer your hot dog down the middle.
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs
Starting on one end, take a knife and cut at an angle all the way to the skewer. Rotate your hot dog until you reach the end.
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs

Remove the hot dog from the skewer and barbecue.
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs
The hot dogs plump up real nice and the edges of the spiral get nice and crisp. Not to mention the spiral edges give more room for your favorite condiments. Nothing beats a condiment bar with your spiral dog – we’ve even thrown a party with a hot dog bar and everyone walks away happy. Happy summer grilling!
BBQ Tip: Spiral cut hot dogs
I published this originally at I Heart Naptime.

Spicy Enchilada Dip

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We’ve reworked one of our family’s favorite meals and we’ve made it even better; we’ve turned spicy chicken avocado enchiladas into spicy enchilada dip – it’s easier and creamier and it’s good to the very last spoonful.

Spicy Enchilada Dip

Spicy Enchilada Dip

Spicy Enchilada Dip

Start with prepping some of the ingredients.
Grate some Monterrey jack cheese
Tear 10-12 tortillas
Dice three avocados
Dice a small onion
Shred 3-4 chicken breasts (I cook mine in the instant pot with some green salsa)

After ingredients are prepped, make the spicy sauce.
2 tablespoon butter
2 Serrano pepper, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp flour
2 cup chicken stock
2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cup medium salsa verde
1 cup fat free sour cream

In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Saute serrano pepper and garlic, for 1 minute. Stir in flour, constantly stirring, and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to a low boil. Once boiling, whisk in the sour cream, salsa verde and cilantro. Remove from heat.

Dump all the ingredients (cheese, tortillas, avocados, onion and chicken) including the sauce in a large bowl and stir well. You can adjust amounts of ingredients to your liking. If it looks too soupy, add more tortillas. Pour into an oven safe dish and top with additional cheese. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Spicy Enchilada Dip

Spicy Enchilada Dip

Spicy Enchilada Dip

It’s a crowd pleaser. It’s everything enchiladas have to offer without the time rolling and stuffing enchiladas. It will be the hit of your next party!

Easy Baked French Fries

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I’m an Idaho girl and if I’m tooting my own horn, I know my potatoes and I love them. Potato soup, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, twice baked potatoes and a family favorite…easy baked french fries.

I’ve been making french fries for years. I bought this handy french fry cutter which conveniently serves as our apple slicer as well. But cutting fries is not always an easy task. Sometimes I find I’m banging the potato against the counter trying to get it to go through the slicer straight. The potato would rotate and then I found myself trying to cut the potato sideways. And after years of experience, I finally learned a little trick. It’s not revolutionary, but it works. Before cutting the potato, cut off one end. With the flat end of the potato against the counter, it will be much easier to slice without the potato moving and rotating all over the place. Does this eliminate the need to potentially hit it against the counter? No. But it gives you a nice even surface to hit against!

Easy Baked French Fries

Once they’re cut – soak them in a bowl of water for a while. This will help crisp them up and remove some starch. Then drain the water, toss them in a bowl with some olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and some seasoning salt. Lay them as a single layer on a greased pan, making sure they don’t overlap. Cook them for 30 minutes at 400 and then increase the temp to 425 – 450 (depending on how crisp you like them) for additional 15 minutes to crisp them up. After they baked, I add a little more salt, pepper and seasoning salt to taste.

Easy Baked French Fries

With our love for fries I’m convinced I need a new french fry cutter. Like this commercial grade cutter.  Or I’ve even thought about buying a french fry disc for my Kitchen aid. Anyone have a french fry cutter they love?

Sugar Cookie Cake…

My sister-in-law made this for us last week and I was reminded again just how much I love this cake!

When the Pothiers get together for a birthday or holiday celebration it is a big crowd. Typically the easiest way to treat so many people to dessert is to make a sheet cake. Depending on the RSVPs it may be one or possibly two sheet cakes. Most everyone is familiar with the traditional chocolate “Texas Sheet Cake”, and it’s a family staple. But last year my SIL Laurel decided to mix things up and bring a “Montana Sheet Cake” to a gathering. It has since been lovingly renamed sugar cookie cake (thanks to the almond extract) by our family and it is delicious. Two weeks ago I decided to make one while visiting my family in Idaho and just 5 days after it was devoured, my SIL had purchased the ingredients for me to make it again. It’s addicting if you like sugar cookies.

Here is the recipe from Laurel, from her friend, from her niece, from her monkey’s uncle. I love how recipes float around!

Life with Fingerprints: Sugar Cookie Cake SUGAR COOKIE CAKE
2 1/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cubes butter
1 cup water
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Heat butter and water in a saucepan until butter melts and pour over dry ingredients. Mix until smooth. Add eggs, soda, extract and sour cream, mixing after each addition. Bake in a half sheet pan (18×13) at 350 for 20 minutes.

FROSTING
2 cubes of butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
5-6 cups powdered sugar
Heat all ingredients except sugar until butter melts. Remove from heat and add sugar gradually. Let cake cool before topping with frosting.

I make the frosting really thick. I like it to resemble sugar cookie frosting but you can alter it to your preference.

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