Friday, February 5, 2010

Prosciutto Dogs

Hot dogs are great and all, but I really like mine dressed-up a bit. And Charming is always a happy man when I bring a plate of these dogs out to the table. There’s just something about meat that’s wrapped with meat…it makes men happy. While these are dressed with provolone cheese and crisped bacon, you can top the dogs with whatever you like.

So, super easy...Just for garnishing, I take 4 slices of bacon, halve them and get to sizzling in a skillet. If I don't want any bacon for garnish one night, then I just pour 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil into the skillet.

While the bacon is sizzling, I start with some really good beef franks. (My family prefers Hebrew National's Beef Franks)

Then I carefully separate slices of prosciutto so that I have equal amounts of slices to hot dogs. You need one slice of prosciutto per frank...unless you get some of the thicker or longer franks, then two slices of prosciutto will be needed.

Prosciutto meets frank...I lay the prosciutto down and begin rolling the frank on a slight angle.

Continue rolling until the entire frank is wrapped in our lovely prosciutto. Then grab another and begin rolling again.

Remove the bacon and set it aside until later. Remove some of the rendered bacon fat allowing just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

Time to get those franks into the skillet. (I'm getting hungry)

Allow the prosciutto to crisp-up on each takes only about 2-3 minutes per side. 

Keep rolling the franks onto the uncooked sides until all sides are beautifully crispy & slightly browned. Don't these just make you want to grab one right out of the skillet and take a big bite? 

Oh yeah....time to deal with our buns. Regular buns are fine, usually I would recommend that whole wheat buns be used...

but this time I'm going with some cheesy breadsticks from the bakery. I cut each breadsticks in half and then split it down the middle.
Perfect for holding our prosciutto franks! It just needs a little bit of a slice of provolone cheese!
Place our very hot dog onto the cheese and then dress it with some mustard.
Remember that bacon I did in the beginning? Well with a quick chop job, bacon bits are ready to be the ultimate topping for this hot dog.
Now that's a dog that deserves to be admired...then devoured quickly!

Prosciutto Dogs 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Servings: 4 

4 All Beef Franks
4-8 slices Prosciutto (1-2 per frank)
2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns
4 slices Provolone Cheese (optional)
4 slices Bacon, chopped (optional)

Carefully separate slices of prosciutto.

Wrap prosciutto diagonally around each beef frank.

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat OR take slices of bacon and crisp. Reserve 2 tablespoons of rendered fat to coat the bottom of the skillet.

Add wrapped franks to the skillet. Cook each side until prosciutto is crisped. (approx. 2-3 minutes each side)

Place in bun, dress with preferred condiments and ENJOY!

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