The Hot Dog Rollup

A few days ago a friend of mine sent me a link to possibly the most disgustingly good looking recipe ever – the hot dog rollup. To say the least, I was intrigued. Could I survive it? Was it as good as it looked (er… it didn’t really LOOK all that good, but the concept was terrific!)? Was it doable?

Well, yesterday I set out to answer those questions, and I have photographic findings (though there are very few ‘making of’ pictures due to extraordinarilly greasy hands and someone else using the camera for legitimate purposes). Here are the results (hold your mouse over the pictures for captions/comments; click on the pictures for a bigger picture of the same):

The supplies:

not much to see yet...

The first step, wrapping the hotdog in bacon, was relatively easy:

A hotdog. Wrapped in bacon.

That went on the grill at about the same time I lost the camera. So the next step was getting the ground beef all mashed out and ready (you really only need 1 egg, not the two that the original recipe suggests; in fact… two eggs makes things difficult – the ground beef/egg mixture becomes more liquid than maleable solid; I saved the day by pretty much straining out the egg/beef mixture by squeezing it so that the egg dripped off and then with reenforcements of non-egged beef).

Once that was done, wrapping the hotdog in it wasn’t TOO hard, though it required a gentle touch. That same touch was required in getting it on the grill and ‘flipping’/rolling it once on the grill. And a good deal of pressure/reenforcing via hamburger flipper helped it to keep its shape and not breakup on the grill once it was placed there.

So, in any case, the grill shots! (I made a mini-hamburger (which was split up and given to the dogs) with the leftover ground beef):

On the grill. It's being propped up by the miniburger.

Another grill shot. You can see the bun I'm grilling on the bottom.

Our final grill shot.

The next step was getting it in the bun (pre condiments) And there are pictures, of course. Note how the hot dog rollup DWARFS the poor little bun!:

In the bun. And miniburger!

An angled shot so that you can appreciate the monstrosity of this thing!

Next up, adding condiments (mustard) and posing for more pictures!

Added mustard

More mustard!

The triumphant chef:

My god this thing is huge!

I am so proud of myself! (and dressed nicely because I had just gotten back from a job fair. If you hire me, I will make these for you!)

And now for the first bite!!!

Holy crap! I don't think I can open my mouth wide enough!!!

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!! So goooooooooooooood!

And now for the obligatory cross section shots (probably the most in-focus pictures of this type available anywhere on the net!):

Early Cross section - not that far into it yet.

A little bit further, a nd at an angle!

Further in,  dead on.

Does this not look like heaven??? SOSOSOSOSO GOOOOOOOD!!!!!!


And… that’s it. It was delicious. I still live, not even a minor heart attack. It was, however, VERY filling. I think that should I ever attempt this again, I’ll use only one egg (as I previously said), more cheese (I used one-and-a-half slices of sharp cheddar cheese – it could have used more (some may have escaped during grilling, but cheese is good, and I want more of it!), and I’ll probably mix alot more spices into the ground beef. I can only imagine how good a peppercorn version of this would be! And, of course, better quality/better tasting hotdogs.

But, all told, a rousing success, and a gastronomic delight!

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Date: Wednesday, 14. September 2005 11:25
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  1. 1

    DAMN THAT LOOKS TASTEY, and that hotdog thing looks good too i guess.

  2. 2

    you are my hero

  3. 3

    Someone took a dump on your grill!

  4. 4

    And it tasted DELICIOUS!!!!

  5. 5

    Hahahaha, I think I’m full now… and I haven’t even eaten anything today! Nice job. Where’s mine?

  6. 6

    lol… umm… it is here for you whenever you want to visit!!!!!

  7. 7

    […] Speaking of Mr. Modica, he has partaken on the epic quest to make the most ultimate hotdog ever thought of by man, it’s called the hotdog rollup. Unlike it’s half cousin the fruit rollup, the hotdog rollup has enough fat and grease in it to take down a rhino with just two bites. Even though I will be making one of these soon, here’s his story with pictures on how his adventure went down. […]

  8. 8

    Do you always cook with a tie+sweater on?


  9. 9

    hold your mouse over the one with me smiling. It explains why I am dressed up! 😛

  10. 10

    Gee. Now I feel stupid.


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