I have shared a recipe before for homemade pigs in a blanket. However, this one takes the pig in a blanket to a new level by surrounding your hot dog with bagel dough. I have been wanting to try to make homemade bagels for a while, but when I saw the picture for this recipe on Tastespotting I knew it was time. The recipe for Bagel Dogs came from a site called Food.People.Want. who adapted the dough recipe from The Complete International Sandwich Book by Sonia Uvezian.
Now these bagel dogs aren’t hard to make, they just take time.
I must admit I was a little worried about dropping the wrapped dogs in the boiling water, but it works like a charm. It is also recommended by Food.People.Want. that if you go to all the work of making these from scratch that you should use a good quality hot dog like Nathan’s or Kasper’s with natural casings. You could make these with whatever beef franks you like, but I took the recommendation and went for Nathan’s.
Now, I have had Nathan’s dogs before, but never heard of Kasper’s. I also know my local store carries Nathan’s. Nathan’s are pricey but tasty. I lucked out though. When I went to my local Smith’s because they had them on sale for buy one get one free. I guess every one knew this was a good deal too because all the regular beef franks were gone when I got there. So, I got a package of the regular beef franks with cheese (who doesn’t love a little cheese) and some bun length dogs.
I actually preferred to make the bagel dogs with bun length dogs.
They we more esthetically pleasing. The regular franks made the dogs look squatty and puffy. The bun length dogs made perfect looking bagel dogs. However, as fars as taste goes I loved the cheese filled dogs. Then for garnish I did plain, poppy seed, and coarse salt. If you are a dipper and want to dip your dog in mustard or ketchup I recommend the poppy seed or plain. If you prefer your bagel dog “au natural” then go for the coarse salt. It makes it taste like a pretzel dog. I actually liked them both ways.
These dogs are really filling too. The recipe makes 12 and we had 6 leftover dogs. They were still great the next day. Just store them in your fridge and then reheat in the microwave for 25-30 seconds. Yum!