My first experience with a “Francheezie”, as it was called, was at a small restaurant near my parents house about 10 years ago. I had never heard of such a creation until that day and I will certainly never forget it. At this particular restaurant it was made a little differently than I made it, but only in the fact that it was deep fried. I don’t have a deep fryer so I had to make a bit of a compromise.
- Jumbo Hot Dog
- Cheese (your preference, I used American)
- Hot Dog Bun
- Condiments of Your Choice (I used ketchup/mustard)
In order to create this dish you will need access to a knife, a stove and a pan or skillet of some sort. You can also make these on the grill, but since it’s winter here in Chicago I don’t have access to a grill.
So the first thing you need to do is take one of the jumbo hot dogs and slice it down the middle the long ways, this is going to be our cheese reservoir. You may have to slice it more than half way through as the dogs are sometimes hard to open up, but don’t cut all the way through or all the way to the ends (cheese will leak out). Once you have your slit in the dog, fill that son of a bitch with as much cheese as you can. Jam it in there if you have to. A spread cheese may have worked better than my American cheese slices, but it’s all I had. (Note: Don’t follow my pictures and cut the hot dog all the way to the ends and you won’t have the leaky cheese problem that I had)
Next take your bacon out of the package and wrap it around the dog. I used 2 slices of bacon for my Francheezie, but I will probably go 3 on the next go around as you really want to seal the cheese into the dog otherwise it will all leak out as you’re cooking it. So wrap the dog up as tight as you can, making sure to seal all of the cheese inside.
Now it’s time to cook this monster. I used a pan on the stove, but ideally you would deep fry it or use the grill. Just throw the creation into the pan and cook as if you were cooking bacon. Let it sit on each side for about 2 minutes or until the bacon is cooked to your liking. I like mine a little crispy so I left it on a little bit longer to get that little crunch to it. Be careful about the cheese leaking out. I had a cheese-leak issue because I slit the hotdog all the way to the ends when I should have stopped a little before.
And that’s it! Put whatever condiments you want on top, I used ketchup and mustard, and enjoy. I have no idea how many calories this thing has, but I can’t imagine it’s good for you in any possible way so eat with caution. Also if you’re making this on the grill, I highly recommend grilling the bun a little bit as well, but again I was not using a grill.