For some people the hot dog is all about keeping the hot dog in its "true" form. They don't want it cut up or made to look cute or baked into something. They want their hot dog in a hot dog bun with ketchup and mustard and relish and whatever. These are the traditionalist and their needs are important too.
With these people in mind I am offering you the Slinky Dog. It looks like a slinky it even acts like a slinky but it is all dog. The spiral cut adds a funny dimension to the hot dog that provides nooks and crannies to catch all your yummy toppings.
What you Need:
Bring a pot of water to a boil. (I have not tried this on the bbq yet...)
First, carefully skewer your hot dog right down the middle. If the skewer goes off to the side just bring it back in and line it back up again. The skewer will allow you to cut the hot dog without slicing all the way through.
Start at one end of the hot dog and press the knife down at an angle onto the skewer.
Now for the tricky part:
With the knife pressed down at an angle onto the skewer begin to roll the dog along the cutting board. The knife will begin to make a spiral cut around the dog.
Cut all the way to the other end of the hot dog.
Carefully place the dog into the water and boil for 8- 10 minutes. When it is cooked it will have a slinky shape to it. I did try to make it "walk" down the stairs but, surprisingly, it didn't work.
When I showed my daughter the Slinky Dog she looked right into my eyes and said "You're weird." And then walked away. She has no idea!!