Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs

Bacon-Wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs

For the Salsa Verde:
1 lb. tomatillos, husked and washed

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

3 fresh serrano chiles, seeded and minced

1 cup minced sweet onion

2 tsp. minced garlic

pinch of sugar

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

sea salt

For the Hot Dogs
4 tsp. mayonnaise

1 tsp. Tabasco or other hot sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

4 all-beef wieners (fat ones work better than long ones)

4 slices extra-thin bacon

4 torpedo rolls or
4 Tbs. warm refried beans

8 Tbs. chopped avocado (or guacamole)

4 heaping Tbs. grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese

4 Tbs. chopped onion

4 Tbs. chopped tomato

4 Tbs. Salsa Verde

Make the Salsa Verde:

Put the cleaned tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and allow the tomatillos to soak for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain, and puree the tomatillos in a food processor. Add the cilantro, serranos, onion, garlic sugar, and lime juice to the food processor and pulse three or four times to combine. Season with salt to taste.

Make the Hot Dogs:

Mix the mayo, Tabasco, and lemon juice and use a funnel to put the mayo blend in a squeeze bottle. Wrap the wieners with the bacon slices so the sausage is completely covered. Cook the wieners on a comal or flat top, rolling them over until the bacon is crunchy on all sides, about 7 minutes. Cut a pocket into the buns to form a "boat" and toast them on the grill. When the wieners are cooked, divide the beans and avocado among the four rolls, spooning them inside the pocket and spreading on either side. Spread the cheese down the middle. Using tongs put one piping-hot bacon-wrapped wiener into the pocket of each roll. Top each wiener with onions and tomatoes. Spread the Salsa Verde across the top. Apply the mayo blend in squiggles across the top of the hot dog.

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