Sunday Eats and Treats - Healthy Home Made Hotdogs?
Spring and Summer are in the air. Jody and I wondered if there is any way to make a homemade healthy hotdog. We we found one created by Fixate a FIX-Approved Cooking Show.
Today we're going to see if this really is a tasty and healthy alternative to a good old hot dog. Plus we also discuss our impressions from the movie The Green Book which a depiction of the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Dr. Don Shirley and Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga who served as Dr. Shirley's driver and bodyguard.
Homemade Healthy Hotdogs by Fixate
1 lb. raw chicken breast, boneless,
skinless, cut into ½-inch cubes
¾ tsp. smoked sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 tsp. ground smoked paprika
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. onion powder
½ cup crushed ice
Olive oil cooking spray
1. Place chicken on small baking sheet, evenly spread out. Freeze for approx.
1 hour, or until crusty on the outside but not completely frozen.
2. Place chicken, salt, paprika, garlic powder, pepper, onion powder, and ice in food processor; process for approx. 3 minutes, or until a smooth, emulsified paste forms.
3. Place chicken mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner, leaving a 1-inch-wide opening. Set aside.
4. Bring large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat.
5. Spread out 12 x 12-inch piece of plastic wrap. Coat with spray.
6. Pipe an 8-inch line of chicken mixture onto lower edge of plastic wrap; repeat with a second 8-inch line slightly overlapping the first; repeat with a third 8-inch line slightly overlapping the second. Roll chicken mixture tightly in plastic wrap, being careful to squeeze out as much air as possible. Form a sausage shape; grab ends and twist tightly to seal. Prick any air bubbles with the tip of a sharp toothpick, then retighten wrap. (Chicken mixture should form a tight, hotdog-shaped package.)
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with remaining chicken until you have four hotdog packages.
8. Reduce heat on water to low. Put wrapped hotdogs in steamer basket; steam, covered, for 10 minutes, or until solid.
9. Remove hotdogs to an ice bath. Let cool for 5 minutes; remove plastic with a pair of scissors.
10. Lightly coat hotdogs with spray.
11. Heat medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
12. Add hotdogs; cook, turning occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned on all sides and heated through.
• Food-service plastic wrap reacts to heat better than the kind you buy at the grocery store. You can find it at club stores or at restaurant supply stores. One roll will last you a really long time!
• Hotdogs can be cooked on a grill instead of in a skillet.
• Refrigerate leftover hotdogs in an airtight container for up to 4 to