A quick note: Somehow my gmail began labeling comment notifications as spam. Today when I cleaned out my mail, I was shocked to find a slew of comments that I’d missed these past few weeks. I’ll be answering them over the next few days. Sorry for the slow response!
One day I got the hankering for a hot dog. I briefly scoured the net, looking for some sort of almond-flax hot dog bun masterpiece that would have certainly been too time-consuming to create if I’d found it. Then I considered just slicing the hot dog up and microwaving it with some cheese on top. But that sounded blah. So then I was like, you know what I should do? I should wrap this pig in more pig. Because for some reason, bacon and hot dogs sounded delicious.
And they sure are.
This recipe is so ridiculously easy that I hesitate to even call it a recipe. I wasn’t planning on sharing this, but I got so many questions about the pix I posted on my Instagram and Facebook that I decided to go ahead and draw up some cooking directions. Because everyone needs some cheesy bacon dogs in their life.
- 10 hot dogs (some have more carbs than others; beware)
- 10 slices of bacon
- 2 slices of cheese
Using a sharp knife, cut a pocket into the hot dogs, as pictured above. I don’t split it all the way to the ends because more cheese tends to leak out if you do that. Use the same knife to cut your cheese slices into equal portions to stuff into the dogs.
Stuff em. Shove that cheese in!
And then I don’t have a picture of this next step, because you need two hands for it – take a strip of bacon, and wrap it around the hot dog in a spiraling motion. I found that, serendipitously, my bacon strips were the perfect length to wrap completely around my dogs.
Arrange your assembled cheesy bacon dogs on a cookie sheet. I like to line the cookie sheet with parchment paper for some non-stick action and easy clean-up.
Since I cook my baconstrips in a cold oven that I set to 400 degrees for 20 minutes, that’s what I decided to do with these. No preheating required!
If you’d like – and I do – you can then turn the oven to broil for a few minutes. I like my bacon really crispy, so I always do this extra step.
Cool your cheesy bacon dogs on a paper towel for a few minutes. This’ll help absorb excess grease and help the bacon finish crisping. After that, I like to serve mine with a little bit of reduced-sugar ketchup and some mustard. I just dunk em right in and they’re delicious!
Not gonna lie, I usually eat like 4 of these bad boys at a time. Maybe 3, if I’m not feeling very hungry. But since I typically just eat twice a day, eating that many is still a doable calorie amount for me. I also consider hot dogs to be trashy lunch food, so I don’t serve these with veggies or anything. I’m sure if you did that, you could get by with half the amount. Still, at 161 cal, 1 net carb, 14g of fat, and 10g of protein each, these make a very keto-friendly meal.
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