You know how it is when you get a new kitchen toy? You have to take some of your old recipes and try making them in a new way. These are a reworking of Los Angeles Street Dogs.
Bacon is best when it is roasted or baked. It stays flat and if you do it right, it doesn’t cook in its own fat so its also a bit healthier. But, as summer comes, no one wants to turn their oven on and heat up their kitchen to cook bacon. The microwave gives a method of making bacon, but for me at least, the texture is off and it’s either underdone or too done.
Enter the air fryer. Mine has racks where I can put the bacon and all the fat drips to the bottom pan while the hot air circulates and makes perfect bacon every time. It does it in half the time that it takes in the oven and doesn’t heat up my tiny kitchen. As wonderful as it is for bacon, the air fryer also does a great job on hot dogs and sausages as well. If you like a bit of crispy skin and a moist interior that explodes flavor in your mouth, the air fryer is the way to go.
Air Fryer Hot Dogs
So, I thought, bacon and hot dogs, air fryer. What could be better? Usually, I wrap the bacon around the dogs and secure it with toothpicks, then cook them in my cast iron skillet or in the oven. My air fryer has a “steak” basket that holds hotdogs perfectly while using the rotisserie function. Perfect. If your air fryer doesn’t have a rotisserie, you can turn them by hand. Either way, they will turn out very nicely.
Street dogs usually come with vegetables, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno. Removing the pith and seeds from a jalapeno carefully whilst wearing gloves removes most of the heat. Cooking it with the rest of the vegetables just gives them a bit more spice, but if you can’t tolerate heat at all, then just omit the jalapeno completely.
- 4 jumbo franks
- 4 slices bacon
- 4 hot dog buns
~~ For the Veggies ~~
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- In the meantime, wrap each frank with a slice of bacon. Put them wrapped dogs in the steak basket and secure it. If you don't have a steak basket, just secure the bacon with toothpicks. Set aside while the veggies cook.
- Put the vegetables in a pan with some butter and saute them until the bell pepper is nice and soft, stirring occasionally about 20 minutes. Set aside.
- Put the dogs in the air fryer and set it for bacon, or 400 F 204 C, for 8 minutes.
- When the bacon has crisped to your liking, remove the dogs from the air fryer and put the buns in on toast for a minute or so.
- Put a frank in each bun and top with the warm vegetable mixture.
- Serve with whatever condiments you like, ketchup, mustard, relish, etc.