Italian Hot Dogs

As a break from the traditional summer grilled dog, tonight we’re making some Italian hot dogs.  My youngest son is cooking them over a campfire he’s built while his older brother is making the potatoes and onions.  Fresh out of the oven are my daughter’s homemade hot dog rolls.  The house smells fantastic!

Here’s how to do it:

Grill, broil, fry, or boil X-amount of hot dogs.

Saute till soft in olive oil, 2lbs of diced potatoes, and 3 diced onions with salt and pepper.

To make the rolls:

Add 4.5 teaspoons (2 pkgs) of instant yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 cup flour into a stand mixer bowl.  Let stand a few minutes till it bubbles.

Add to bowl and knead 1 cup luke warm milk, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 large beaten egg, and 4-5 cups of flour until a soft, elastic dough is formed.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise about 20 minutes.  Prepare a baking sheet with butter.

Deflate dough and divide into 16 pieces.  Shape into small hot dogs bun shapes (they’ll grow).  Set on the prepared sheet with a little space between them, cover and let double about 20 more minutes.

Preheat oven to 375.

Beat one egg yolk and 1 tablespoon water together and brush over tops of buns.  Liberally spread a mixture of 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, a tablespoon of oregano, salt and pepper over the buns.

Bake 15-18 minutes till tops are browned.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely.  Savor the faces of those who coming running asking, “What’s that delicious smell?”   Then kindly and lovingly, patting them on their little heads,  and tell them to shoo till it’s dinner time.

Split the rolls halfway through from top to bottom.  Add potatoes & onions, top with hot dog and your favorite dijon, grainy, or dark mustard.  Then call back all the hungry critters that showed up when the rolls were baking and watch them delight in the meal as you kiss the tops of their beautiful heads and thank God for His blessings!

We’re serving a tomato & cucumber salad from the garden with this dinner.

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About Michele

Michele, wife of 18 years to Robert (affectionately known as The Excellent Husband), and mother of three wonderful children, desires to encourage women to recognize their worth that is far above rubies. She serves her Savior, homeschools, gardens, spends time outdoors, cooks and bakes from scratch, knits, sews, and enjoys anything related to family. And now she carries around a little book in her pocket where she scratches notes on what to blog about.

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