And now for something really different...
This dish is not one that I would ever have thought I would post. I have nothing against meat, but it really isn't my favorite thing to cook. I consider myself a vegetable enthusiast. I love them. But we're not quite exclusive. So... wrapping one meat in another is not really my idea of a great time.
But... tonight... it's what the family wanted.
Without further ado, I present you the family recipe for what they call The Best Hot Dog Ever.
Step 1: Bake bacon on a broiler pan in a 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes. This will begin to cook the bacon but still keep it really soft for wrapping.
Step 2: While bacon is in the oven, cut a slit down the length of each hotdog and fill with cheddar cheese.
Step 3: Remove bacon from oven and blot on paper towels. (Ew.)
Step 4: Wrap each hot dog with one piece of bacon. Secure each end of each piece of bacon with a toothpick. Line hot dogs up on pan, cheese down.(don't these dogs look like they are tanning?)
Step 5: Wait forever for the oven light to go off to signal broiler readiness. Learn from sister about ten minutes later that oven indicator light does not ever go off when broiling. (oops) Broil hot dogs for about 7 minutes until the bacon looks crispy. Turn hot dogs over (this is why you want to start cheese down) and broil for about another 7 minutes.
Step 6: Remove from oven and blot on new paper towels.
And there you have it. A pile of cheese-filled, bacon-wrapped hot dogs. According to my family, The Best Hot Dogs Ever.
Oh, and it should be noted that even though I made an ew face the entire time I was assembling these disasters, I ate two of them. And they do taste pretty good.
Per the family's request, we had Ore Ida from-the-bag french fries with these dogs. Because I couldn't leave well enough alone, we also had roasted broccoli. :) [Vegetable! Enthusiasm!]