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Danielle Rose

Hawaiian Spiral Dog

Posted by Danielle Rose on August 17, 2015
Hawaiian Spiral Dog

Sometimes even the quickest meals can use a helping hand. Just when I thought the classic hot dog couldn’t get any better, I come across a food hack that cuts down not only on time, but also on mess!

Hot dogs have always been one of my favourite go-to foods when I’m in a hurry. It’s one of those dishes that no matter how much care you take in making it, is always guaranteed to be delicious, satisfying and quick to prepare. You would think that with such a consistently great dish there would be nothing to improve on, but of course a new food hack proved that you can indeed make the classic hot dog even better!

‘Spiralizing,’ just like ‘waffling’ has become a new verb in our kitchen vocabulary thanks to food hacks. Spiralizing is a method of cutting a hot dog into a spiral shape, which not only looks fun and enticing to eat, but is also effective in cutting down cooking time and mess! Cooking time is reduced by almost half thanks to the cuts of the spiral providing more surface area, cooking both the inside and the outside of the dog at the same time. Once cooked and fitted into a bun, the spiral cuts become the perfect crevices for adding condiments, allowing them to get tucked right into the hog dog instead of precariously resting on top, only to topple all over your shirt and lap.

Spiralizing a hot dog is very simple with the help of a wooden skewer. Soaked wooden skewers are inserted into the center of the dog, and allow your knife to cut right down to the center without cutting through the other end. Tilt your knife on a slight diagonal while turning the dog and voila! You have spiralized your dog. To kick up the classic hot dog even further, I took inspiration from Hawaiian pizza toppings, with sweet and juicy pineapple, contrasted by smoky barbecue sauce and salty bacon bits.

Get These

  • 4 hot dogs
  • ¼ cup Bull’s-Eye Bold Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • ¼ cup Kraft Shredded Marble Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • ¼ cup Oscar Mayer bacon bits

Do This

  1. Soak four wooden skewers in water for an hour. Preheat barbecue to medium heat.
  2. Insert skewers into dog vertically. Slice hot dog on a diagonal, down to the skewer, while turning the dog to create a spiral effect. Stretch the coils to expose the cuts.
  3. Grill hot dogs, rotating occasionally, until evenly cooked. While hot dogs are cooking, brush with barbecue sauce.
  4. In the last two minutes of cooking, place split hot dog buns open on grill, sprinkled evenly with cheese. Remove when melted.
  5. Remove skewers and serve hot dogs on buns topped with pineapple and bacon bits.

DONE!

Hawaiian Spiral Dog
  • This recipe serves 4.
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