Disclaimer: Today I have experienced disappointment unlike anything hitherto.
I have always loved Grote & Weigel Frankfurters in the past but today something just wasn't right. Actually, nothing was right.
My dear fans; fellow wiener lovers, prepare for a true tragedy. Brace yourselves for...
Slum Dog Take II
or How To Succeed At Complete Failure
I really looked forward to commenting on the special "breakfast-sausage-like" seasoning present in these franks, but all I could taste was a strong OTHER FACTOR. However, the blame for this atrocity may totally fall upon the chef. I am that chef.
So, what went wrong?
1. I cooked these hot dogs on a panini press with butter. Although the skin burst open and there were light grill marks, there was absolutely no char. The issue here is that the casing was rubbery. I also believe that the rubbery case was the source of the unfavorable OTHER flavor. Maybe this could have been fixed by cooking them longer.
2. Once I assumed the hot dogs were ready, I placed them into the rolls and pressed them. The rolls were compromised structurally and very soggy.
3. After the rolls were marked with grill lines I peeled them open, and topped them with the "Slum Dog" toppings (hot onion, tamarind chutneys). It was a soggy mess.
I think the major failing with this entire preparation is that it was a bit too grandiose. Also, my expectations were a little too high.
I was so grossed out that I only ate 1.5/2 wieners. I don't think I'll be using the panini press in any aspect of hot dog cooking ever again.
Next time I have Grote & Weigel's, I'll be sure to grill them.
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