Happy Fourth of July Eve! What are your plans? Do you have access to a pool? Are you going to eat your weight in cheeseburgers and hot dogs? We're heading to a friend's house in the Dogpatch for a cookout and I have all my fingers crossed that there will be hot dogs there! In typical San Francisco fashion, it's probably going to be 60 degrees, foggy, and misty. Last year I wore a sweater… but, hey! Maybe Mother Nature… actually, maybe Karl the Fog will prove me wrong this year!
I would consider the basic hot dog one of the most American foods out there. I’m sure a lot of you have strong opinions on that statement. But it’s a pretty patriotic food that we all love, right?? I mean, my vegetarian roommate during college would still eat hot dogs.
I’ve wanted to combine my love of hot dogs with my love of scallion pancakes for like a year now. I’ve tested a few different dough techniques and nothing has come quite close enough to what I’ve envisioned this marriage to be like in my mind. This recipe is close, but I’m not 100% satisfied that I’ve nailed it yet. I mean, this recipe is freaking delicious. It’s hard for salty meat wrapped in butter pastry to not taste awesome. But I’ve left out the key word of “pancake” in the recipe title. One day I’m going to crack this recipe!
You would think that I’m sharing this recipe with you so that you can make it to bring to your Fourth of July picnic or bbq tomorrow, but I advise that you don’t. This recipe is delicious, but if I’m being honest, it’s a bit labor intensive for a day where you should be enjoying the sunshine or fog with your friends and family. Save this recipe for a dinner party or potluck where you’re trying to impressive everyone by saying you made your own puff or rough puff pastry from scratch!
It’s vvvvv tempting to make these pigs in a blanket though. Because these weenies smell heavenly as they’re roasting up in the oven and they get a really nice crispy char, which is how I prefer my hot dogs off the grill! The pastry tastes super buttery and scallion-y… if that’s an adjective. Oh and they’re so flakey that they sort of shatter as you’re taking a bit out of them! Beware of crumbs!
Stay tuned for another variation of these as I continue my research on the Scallion Pancake Pigs in a Blanket!
Yay, America! Where I’m fortunate enough to be able to focus my energy on making better wieners.
Scallion Pigs in a Blanket
makes 24 mini pigs in a blankets
Scallion Rough Puff:
1 1/2 cups frozen butter
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp flour + 2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup ice water
1 1/2 cup thinly cut green onions
12 full sized hot dogs cut in half or 24 mini dogs
1 tsp sesame oil
1. Grate your frozen butter and place in a bowl. Toss with 2 tbsp flour and place in the freezer to chill.
2. Whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour and salt. Add in half of the frozen grated butter and toss everything to coat. Place remaining butter back in the freezer.
3. Pour milk and ice water into the flour and butter mixture and mix with your hand until a shaggy dough forms. Start to knead in the bowl or pour out onto your counter and knead for 4 minutes, until you have a combined dough. Pat into a 1" thick paddy, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
4. Take the dough out of the freezer. Roll out into a 6"x18" rectangle. Mentally divide the dough into 3 6"x6" squares. Place 1/4 of the remaining frozen grated butter and cut scallions in the center square. Fold one end of the rectangle over the butter. Place 1/3 of the remaining butter and scallions onto of this fold and then fold the other end of dough over the butter. Pat down the edges and you'll have a neat 6"x6" square of dough. Rotate the dough 90" and then roll out into another 6"x18" rectangle. Repeat the folding process with the remaining butter and scallions. Pat and seal the edges, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer to chill for 20 minutes.
5. While the dough chills, sear your hot dogs to give it some extra color. This is an extra step though!
6. Roll out the dough into a slighter larger 9"x14" rectangle. Trip off the edges. Cut the rectangle in half so you have 2 9"x7" rectangles. Then cut into 12 3/4"x7" stripes. Repeat with other rectangle.
7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
8. Take a mini hot dog and wrap it in a strip of scallion rough puff pastry. Place the wrapped hot dog on a parchment paper lines baking sheet. Repeat with remaining hot dogs. Pop them in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes to give them a quick chill.
9. Whisk egg with sesame oil and brush the tops of all the dogs with egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
10. Remove from oven and allow to cool until it's at a save temperature to eat. Enjoy!