Did someone say BAGEL DOGS!!!
Before I tell you about the bagel dogs, I’d like to preface this post with the fact that I have nothing deep or seriously worthwhile to say. I’m tired, just like I’m sure you are. I’m trying to make it through this craziness, just like I’m sure you are. There are a LOT of people out there who have a LOT of wisdom and encouraging things to tell you to help get through each day, each week, each month of this insanity.
I’m not going to be one of them.
Instead, I am going to tell you all about Kosher for Passover, gluten free, non-gebroks BAGEL DOGS!
I’m sure you are on the edge of your seat wondering how I came up with the idea of Kosher for Passover, gluten free BAGEL DOGS. Wait no longer.
It all began, in a place called Chicago. A wonderful place where the weather is never the same two days in a row. It’s very exciting. Anyway, in Chicago, there lived a Chicago Girl who had written a fabulous post last year about Passover BAGELS! Everyone around the world went crazy over the amazing “I Can’t Believe they’re Passover Bagels”. Now, this Chicago Girl was very excited about the fact that people really liked something that she did. She wanted to come up with something that was as awesome as the bagels and might be based upon the very recipe that went viral.
Little did she know at the time that the word “viral” would come to mean something completely different…but I digress.
Anyway, the Chicago Girl tried to think of foods with the word “bagel” in them – besides an actual bagel. It turned out to be way more challenging than she thought. Aside from foods you eat with a bagel, there weren’t a lot of foods that had the word bagel in them. Except…BAGEL DOGS!
So, there’s one thing that a lot of people don’t know about the Chicago Girl. She loves hot dogs. Any type of hot dog, specifically Chicago’s very own Romanian Kosher hot dogs. It wasn’t too much of a leap to go from bagels to bagel dogs!!!
Another thing that a lot of people do know about the Chicago Girl is that she absolutely loves a culinary challenge! Kosher for Passover, gluten free, non-gebroks Bagel Dogs sounds like an awesome challenge. She had to take a few things into consideration. This year, since everyone is homebound with limited resources, the ingredients have to be fairly simple. Nothing crazy. Nothing weird. Additionally, the Chicago Girl took the comments and questions that people had about the Passover Bagels very, very seriously. Many people had trouble getting Kosher for Passover tapioca starch/flour and apple cider vinegar due to the whole not going out thing. Those had to go.
The Chicago Girl tried a lot of variations of the recipe. The initial recipes did have tapioca starch and apple cider vinegar. That was before.
The final version, and the most fabulous, only contains super simple ingredients. The only ingredient that might be slightly challenging to find is Kosher for Passover baking powder, and most Kosher Stores, as well as general grocery stores that are well stocked with Kosher for Passover items, should carry it.
The Chicago Girl danced with joy as her family oo’d and ahh’d over the new and incredibly outstanding Awesome Bagel Dogs – Kosher for Passover and Gluten Free!!! They sang out praises as they dipped their dogs into (imitation) mustard and other fun dipping sauces. They loved the crunchy little dried onion bits sprinkled over the top. But most of all, they loved the Chicago Girl for giving them such an amazing creation (ok…so I added that part, but it’s totally true).
BTW – In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the Chicago Girl is ME…writing about myself in the third person.
- FOR THE DOGS
- 3 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (400g)
- 1 cup tapioca or potato starch (140g)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons apple cider or white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2/3 cup warm water
- 8 hot dogs, each hot dog cut into 4
- Nonstick spray or oil to coat pan
- FOR BOILING
- 6 cups water
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- FOR FINISHING
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/3 cup minced dried onion (optional)
- Dipping sauces (optional)
- ADDITIONAL TOOLS
- Large baking sheet
- Aluminum Foil
- Large plastic cutting board
- Vinyl powder free disposable gloves (optional)
- Large slotted spoon
- Pastry brush (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees or 325 degrees convection.
- Line a large baking sheet with foil. Grease pan with spray or oil. Set aside.
- FOR THE DOGS
- In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, starch, baking powder and salt. Whisk to remove any lumps.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then add the vinegar, honey and water. Gently knead the together all the ingredients to form a stiff dough.
- On a large (preferably plastic) cutting board, roll the dough into a cylinder approximately 8 inches long. Cut the dough into two pieces, then cut the two pieces into four pieces each, making 8 even pieces.. Cut each of the 8 pieces into 4 small pieces, totaling 32 pieces all together.
- Take one of the 32 pieces of dough and roll it into a small ball. Flatten into a circle on the cutting board.
- Place one of the hot dog pieces on the center of the dough. Fold the dough around the hot dog piece. Roll the coated dog between your palms to even the dough around the dog. Flatten the ends of the dough. Set aside.
- Repeat with the remaining dough and hot dog pieces.
- FOR BOILING
- Combine the water and baking soda together in a medium saucepan. Stir to dissolve the baking soda. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer.
- Drop several dogs into the water. Simmer just until the dogs start to float. Immediately, carefully remove each dog and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining dogs.
- FOR FINISHING
- Brush each bagel dog with beaten egg. Sprinkle with the dried minced onion (optional).
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Be careful not to over bake or the bagel dogs will be dry.
- Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauces.
- You can use either tapioca or potato starch for this recipe, tapioca is preferred but potato starch will be nearly as good.
- You can use either apple cider vinegar or white vinegar for this recipe with similar results.
- Vinyl disposable gloves work best. If you don't have them you can use slightly damp hands to roll the bagel dogs.
- These bagel dogs are best served warm. They can be stored in the fridge or freezer, but make sure to re-warm them before serving.
Please send me lots of pictures of your finished bagel dogs!!!!!!
Also, my dear friend at KosherEye put together a fabulous list of Passover recipes that shouldn’t be missed! You can check them out here!
In case you missed my Epic Canned Macaroon roundup and additional Passover recipes you can find them on my sister website Everyday Gluten-Free on the Chicago Tribune/Chicago Now website.
Finally, for all those Instant Pot and Electric Pressure Cooker users, I’ve put together a list of Passover adaptations for my new book Shabbos Under Pressure!! SO many easy recipes to make! There’s a downloadable version of the adaptations too on the page. Check out the guide, and if you don’t already have it you can order it here:
Stay tuned for the Awesome Bagel Dog – Kosher for Passover and Gluten Free Video!!
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home.