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Friday, May 14, 2010

Hot Dog Pizza

Can't decide what to make for dinner? Pizza or Hot Dogs? Why not both, all combined into one dish! Believe it or not, this concept is far from being something new. Where is was first thought of, we shall never know, but we do know that the hot dog wieners for one, go back to the 9th Century B.C. This is found in Homer's Odyssey: "As when a man besides a great fire has filled a sausage with fat and blood and turns it this way and that and is very eager to get it quickly roasted. . ."  And just when you thought that the Italians were responsible for the first pizzas, Ancient Greece takes it again with being responsible for the first "pizzas". These were large flat breads which were brushed with oils, herbs and dates. Tomatoes weren't even discovered at that point in history. Concluding, i would like to dedicate the following "recipe" if you could call it that, to the Ancient Greece, for having given us Hot Dogs and Pizza. 



To assemble your own Hot Dog pizza, just think hot dogs, and all the fixings you want or usually have on them. You will then want to either have a premade crust, use tortillas, or made fresh as I did. For a delicious whole wheat pizza dough, follow this next recipe. 


WHOLE WHEAT PIZZA DOUGH 


- 1 Cup Warm  water
- 1 Tsp Dry Active Yeast
- 4 Tbsp Honey
- 2 Cups Whole wheat flour
- 1/2 Cup All purpose white flour
- 1/2 Tsp salt
- 1 Tsp Onion powder
- 1 Tsp Dried oregano ( or dry herb mix)


Step 1: Combine the warm water, yeast and honey; set aside and let foam at the top, 5 minutes. 
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the flours, salt, onion powder and herbs, make a well in the center. When the yeast mixture is starting to foam, pour into the well which you made in the flour mixture. Stir in the center of the bowl, gathering more flour as your mix. Form a ball with the dough and cover with oil, placing it in a bowl and covering with a towel to let dough double in volume. 
Step 3: When dough has double in volume, bring to a lightly floured counter and split dough in half. Roll each part of dough in a loose ball and roll out to the shape of your pizza pan. Make sure that you have brushed your pizza pan with olive oil to prevent the pizza from sticking to you pan. You are now ready to assemble the pizza to your liking. 



For this Hot Dog Pizza I went with just basic fixings. First off, for the base sauce, you can use a regular tomato based pizza sauce. Using ketchup would only make the crust very soggy and hard to bake. After that, if you like Zucchini relish, or happen to have some home made, please put on one. At this stage you could also add sauerkraut instead. The point is to get the acidity from something pickled.




 Next step would be the hot dogs. Simply slice the hot dogs in quarters lengthwise and the chop them in smaller pieces, spread them onto the pizza. I used a pack of 6 veggie wieners for 2 pizzas, 3 wieners on each pizza. Onions were then added, and then squirt some mustard on the pizzas, remember, have fun with this! 




Want some kick to your pizza? Squeeze some hot sauce with the mustard. You would then add the cheese to the pizza and place them into a 450F Degree oven until the crust is to a golden brown (if you whole wheat), or to your preference of crispy. 



Make a quick and easy to assemble Caesar salad, and you are ready to go! This meal will please anyone, not to mention, get your taste buds VERY confused. As you get ready to bite in what you think is a pizza, you will be taken by the familiar aromas and comforting taste of a well assembled hot dog! Enjoy, i know you will!


Eat well, sleep well and till tomorrow!


Astérix 

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