Friday, August 10, 2012

Olympic Hotdogs: A recipe

So, the other day, HD1 - our leading Atlanta hotdoggery - asked on facebook if folks could come up with recipes ideas for Olympic hotdogs.  Check out the post here.  

There were some good suggestions man.  The Bolt On A Bun,  A Jamaican Jerk Dog with Pineapples and Rum-Pepper Relish. Named after Usein Bolt.  The sprinter from Jamaica who is now the fastest man in the world.  There was also the Olympic Ring Dog.  A dog with 5 onion rings wrapped around it.  

Here's What You Do suggested the Greek Olympic Dog, to honor the origin of the Olympics.  It's a dog wrapped in fillo dough with ricotta, feta, and goat cheese inserted between the layers of filo, and topped with greek salad relish.  Well, that made me hungry.  So, I thought I'd give it a try.  Here's what I did...

Greek Olympic Dogs.  A dog wrapped in filo with ricotta, feta, and goat cheese between the filo layers.  Topped with greek salad relish.

Here's what you need,

  • Ricotta cheese, 
  • Goat cheese crumbles, 
  • Feta cheese - preferably with some kind of seasoning.  The one below is with garlic and herb.
  • Fillo - preferably organic.
  • Hot dogs - I went with Nathan's, but you could sub that out for all sorts of cool stuff.  A lamb sausage.  A garlic brat.  Take some chances man!
  • Olive Oil
  • Greek salad - I just got some at the Whole Foods cold bar, but you could make your own and very inventive.

Get your three cheeses at Publix.

Get your fillo at Whole Foods. 

Went with Nathan's on the hot dogs, but you could sub that with all kinds of things.  A lamb sausage.  A garlic bratwurst.  It's up to you.

Here's what you do: 

First:  Preheat the oven to 325.

Second: First let the fillo thaw out.  Then, the fillo comes in paper thin layers that are about 18 inches square.  You need to cut them into a strip that is 18" by about an inch narrower than your dogs.

Third:  Lay down two or three sheets of the fillo.  Then drizzle olive oil on the strips.  Just a little.  Then sprinkle the feta and goat cheese crumbles across the dough.  Scoop out about 2 tbsp of the ricotta and distribute across the dough in chunks.  Then lay another two sheets of fillo on top and gently press down to make it flat.  Drizzle more olive oil on the filo and then lay a dog at the end.  Roll up the dog gently in the dough strip and drizzle some more olive oil around the outside of the roll.

Fourth:  Place the dogs on a cookie sheet.  Place in oven.  Let cook for about 30-40 minutess, or until you can see juices from the dog spilling out.  A future change I'd make is to brush the rolls with clarified butter, to make them brown some more and to give them even more flavor.

Put the dogs on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and cook in a 325 oven for about 30-40 minutes.

Fifth:  While the dogs are cooking, chop up the greek salad.  I left mine a little coarse, but I think even finer might have been better.

Chop up the greek salad to act as relish.
Sixth:  When the dogs are done.  Plate them.  Yep.  Plate.  You're gonna have to eat this with a knife and fork guys.  Picking it up with hands is just not gonna work out.  Make your peace with it.   Top with some of the relish and enjoy.

Hot dog with layers of ricotta and feta and goat cheese and glorious fillo.  Yum!

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