We're Food Network Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives fans, so I always ask my husband to jot down a dish, or meal he sees that he'd like me to make ......... and bacon wrapped fried hot dogs was his latest request.
As Rachael Ray would say: YUMO! It's not just the bacon, but the flavors of the toppings combined with the crispiness of the "dog" that make this a new family favorite.
Growing up in Chicago, Vienna hot dogs were readily available at vendors all around the city. That taste spoiled me, so I'm picky when it come to hot dogs. All beef please, with skins that pop!
Nathan's brand is sold here in Oregon, so that's the closest I've found to Viennas. When Mom was alive and flew out to visit from Chicago, she always brought several package of Viennas - what a treat! Of course the cost of this dish can be easily be lowered by buying less expensive brands, (lower than $3 - $4 a package) especially if feeding a crowd, or large family.
This is basically what I saw on the show, except I added celery salt (a Chicago style ingredient), and substituted salsa for diced tomato.
Bacon Wrapped Fried Hot Dogs
Vegetable oil, for frying
4 all beef hot dogs
4 to 6 slices bacon, as needed to cover
4 hot dog buns
1 green pepper, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
1 diced tomato, or salsa
Saute green peppers and onions until soft, Season if desired. Meanwhile while they're cooking, wrap bacon around each hot dog to cover it, and secure with tooth picks.
Heat oil to 350 and fry wrapped hot dogs about two minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove toothpicks.
Put on steamed or warmed bun. Add mayo, ketchup and mustard; top with pepper onion mixture, Sprinkle celery salt and top with diced tomatoes or salsa.
Estimated cost: $3.60 or less, .90 cents or less per serving.