Hot dogs are such an iconic and versatile food option that fits right in with almost any social event. From birthdays to cookouts, hotdogs are bound to make an appearance and elevate any meal. While they are very easy to prepare, the secret lies in how they are prepared if you are looking for that distinct taste.
The preparation method creates a distinction between a good and a great hotdog. More often than not, people will ask, what makes the perfect hotdog? Well, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that I am willing to share.
Instead of using regular buns, use steamed buns. Yes, that is the big secret. Regular buns are okay but steamed buns are special and will create a splash of flavors bursting in your mouth. So how do you steam hot dog buns the right way? There are a variety of methods so I’ll share my top ones that guarantee you a delicious hotdog and keep you wanting for more.
The quickest way to steam hot dog buns is to do so in a microwave. Simply spritz a paper towel with water (don’t soak it), wrap the buns with the dampened paper towel, and microwave for 10 seconds or so on high. A better method for a cookout is to use a crockpot. Simply place the buns in the crockpot and set it to the “warm” setting. This isn’t as quick but is more convenient for larger gatherings.
Before you start steaming your hot dog buns, you need to ensure you have the right kind. I mean you can steam all your buns you want but if they are not the right kind, you will not achieve that iconic taste. So, what should you look out for when making the perfect hot dog?
I know you think your grill is best left for barbecues but hear me out. This is one of the perfect ways to warm up and moist your buns. For the perfectly steamed buns, follow the steps below.
Using your rice cooker is another excellent option to keep your buns moist and tasty. Here’s a step-by-step method of how to perfectly steam using a rice cooker:
If you do not have time to set up your grill or use any of the above methods, you can also use your microwave. It is a simple pop-in and pop-out.
This is one of the most effective ways of steaming your buns. Not only do you steam them but also, you get to keep them warm for longer. If you are having a large gathering, this is probably the best way to steam your buns. The steps to follow are:
If you only have a stovetop, you too can steam your dog buns. The good thing about steaming buns is all you need is moisture. Here is how to go about it.
This is one of my personal favorites. The Ninja Foodi is perfect for its versatility and offers even steaming. You don’t have to worry about uneven warm buns or soggy buns when using it. It basically works the same way as a rice cooker only thing is that you can skip all the other steps and simply throw in the buns. After 30 seconds, you will have your moist buns!
Perhaps you are on an adventurous trip and would like to carry hot dogs as your choice of snack. You will only eat them after some time and they may not be as warm as you want them to be at that time. Well, there is a way to keep your buns warm and enjoy them once you reach your destination.
If you are having a party and serving hot dogs as a delicacy, it can be a struggle warming the buns for everyone. You will need a large surface area to warm them up all at once. A grill or oven will be your best option.
For the grill, simply place all the buns on top of the rack and some water at the bottom or on a pan. Turn the heat up and steam your buns. You can also use steaming baskets and a lid. Leave them for a minute then remove them. The trick is to place them all at once and remove them at the same time. That way, they all get equal steaming time and none get too soggy.
If you choose the oven, stack the buns in a baking tray and wrap them up in foil. The foil holds in the moisture and keeps them soft. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then place the buns inside. The ideal time is two to three minutes but you can extend up to five minutes depending on how warm and soft you like your buns.
Steamed buns elevate your hot dogs and make them special. You can choose from a wide range of methods and get the perfectly steamed buns. The trick is in terms of timing. Do not let the buns become too soggy by leaving them in for too long. A few seconds in and your buns are ready. Take them out and serve using your favorite condiments.
The 12 Best Hot Dogs, Burgers and Buns at the Grocery Store, According to Chefs – Food Network
How to Toast Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns – Epicurious
We’ve covered many methods to steam hot dog buns but the best 2 methods and the ones I recommend are to simply microwave them with a moistened paper towel or use a crockpot to keep them warm if you’re cooking out.
If you don’t have either of those items, there are a plethora of other methods. Many of which we’ve covered but you should be able to come up with your own method based on what we’ve outlined above if you don’t happen to have any of these kitchen tools handy.
Good luck and happy cooking.
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