Thursday, July 16, 2015

Irish Stout Dog

     An Irish Style Gourmet Hot Dog!    
     Fancy gourmet hot dogs are a popular food item at trendy pubs and lounges.  Hot dogs can be prepared with an endless list of toppings.  A few bars, food trucks and gourmet hot dog stands in Las Vegas sell unique gourmet hot dogs with creative toppings.  When it comes to gourmet street vendor style food, gourmet hot dog creations are top dawg!

     Not all hot dog brands are created equal.  Coney Island, New York, is where the hot dog originated in America.  The original Coney Dog was a long, thin, all meat hot dog with a thin natural casing.  These American hot dogs were modeled after thin fine ground sausages that were made in Hamburg, Germany.
     True hot dogs contain no cereal grain.  The best traditional hot dogs are all beef.  Thicker hot dogs are popular in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  Vienna, Ballpark, Hebrew National, Bar S and Nathan's are all great regional hot dog brands.  There are traditional gourmet hot dog recipes that requite each of these specific brands.
     I figured that a Nathan's Original New York City Coney Style Hot Dog would be best for today's Irish Stout Dog recipe.  The reason being is because Nathan's Coney's are pure hot dog tradition and Irish folks place a high value on tradition!
     Beer dogs are simply hot dogs that are boiled in beer.  My original intention was to make a beer dog for lunch, then just like a chef would do, I ended up getting carried away with creating this Irish Stout Dog.
     As it turned out, this Irish Stout Dog creation turned out to be a smash hit worldwide!  Gourmet hot dog fans from around the globe liked this recipe.  The Irish Stout Dog received thousands of views.  The time that this gourmet hot dog recipe reached a peak in popularity each year was a few days before St Patty's Day.  The Irish Stout Dog is the ultimate St Patty's Day pub party munch!

     *This entire recipe yields 1 Irish Stour Dog!

     Irish Style Chips:
     Chips are the same thing as French Fries, but they just have a different shape.  The thick round chips should not be thought of as potato chips, because they are soft in the center, like French Fries.
     Step 1:  Cut 2 medium size red bliss potatoes into 3/16" thick slices.  Cut about 14 slices total.
     Step 2:  Heat some vegetable frying oil in a deep cast iron skillet or kettle to 360ºF.  The oil should be about 1/2" deep.
     Pan fry the potato slices on both sides, till they are a golden brown color.
     Step 3:  Use a fryer net to place  on a wire screen roasting rack over a drip pan to drain off any excess oil.
     Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on the pan fried potato slices.
     Keep the fries warm on a stove top.
     Stout Poached Hot Dog:
     A Nathan's Coney Island Style Hot Dog is best for this recipe.
     Heat 2 cups of Irish Stout in a sauce pot over medium high heat.
     Add 1 coney island style all beef hot dog.
     Boil the hot dog in the stout, till the hot dog just starts to plump up.
     Remove the pot from the heat.
     Set the hot dog aside.
     Set the stout beer poaching liquid aside.  (Do not discard the stout beer hot dog poaching liquid.)
     Irish Stout Dog:
     Step 1:  Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
     Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil.
     Add 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter.
     Add 3 or 4 slices of sweet vidalia onion.  (The onion slices should be about 1/4" thick.)
     Sauté the onions, till they just start to caramelize.
     Step 2:  Add the reserved Stout Poached Hot Dog.
     Sauté the hot dog with the onions, till the onions get some light brown highlights.
     Step 3:  Add the reserved Irish Stout Hot Dog Poaching Liquid.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.
     Step 4:  Rapidly simmer and reduce, till the stout becomes a thin syrup consistency.
     Remove the pan from the heat and keep it warm on a stove top.

     Warm a hot dog bun in a 300ºF oven.
     Place the coney style hot dog on the hot dog bun.
     Overlap the pan fried potato slices on the bun on both sides of the hot dog, so they look nice.
     Spoon the Irish Stout Glazed Vidalia Onion topping over the hot dog.
     Garnish the plate with a dill pickle and an Italian Parsley sprig.

     This Irish Stout Dog tastes great!

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