How has a country with a cuisine known for methodical techniques, rich cheeses, and fine wines tackled the humble hot dog? By wrapping it in a warm, crusty baguette. French hot dog hawkers pierce their baguettes so that they toast both inside and out. You can achieve a similar effect by cutting a slit in the center and toasting the bun whole in a warm oven for a few minutes.–Russell van Kraayenburg
LC Le Hot Dog Note
The author notes in his book that this hot dog on a baguette also goes by the name “le hot dog.” Good to know should you have a chance encounter with le hot dog cart on the streets of Paris.
Hot Dog on a Baguette Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 10 M
- Serves 1
- 1 baguette or demi-baguette
- 1 hot dog or all-beef sausage
- Spicy mustard, to taste
- Ketchup, to taste (optional)
- 1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C). Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
- 2. If using a regular-size baguette, slice off an end and cut the baguette into a length slightly shorter than your hot dog. If using a demi-baguette, slice both ends off. Cut or rip out some of the fluffy baguette interior to make space for the hot dog.
- 3. Simmer the hot dog or sausage until warmed through. While it cooks, place the baguette in the warm oven to toast slightly, just for a minute or so.
- 4. Spread a schmear of spicy mustard and ketchup, if desired, into the slit in the baguette and slide in the hot dog or sausage. Mange. (That’s French for “cram it in your piehole.”)
- Gruyère Dog
- Slice a baguette or demi-baguette as you would a classic hot dog bun and spread with the spicy mustard. Eighty-six the ketchup. (That means forget about it.) Add the hot dog or sausage and then a generous helping Gruyère cheese. Heat the haute dog under a broiler until the cheese is melted. Serve pronto.
- Brie Dog
- Slice a baguette or demi-baguette as you would a classic hot dog bun and spread with the spicy mustard. Eighty-six the ketchup. Add the hot dog or sausage and then a generous helping of Brie cheese. Heat under a broiler until the cheese is melted. For a sweet touch, add sliced pears or apples before topping the dog with Brie.
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Hot Dog on a Baguette Recipe © 2014 Russell van Kraayenburg. Photo © 2014 Russell van Kraayenburg. All rights reserved.