A large majority of Americans consider hot dogs an all American meal, made for roasting on the grill while having a summer barbecue party with friends or a staple at outdoor activities. They are a family favorite, a game-day must have, and kids love them, but many people have forgotten the original ways of eating these delicious wieners and sausages… not Czechs!
Street food in Prague is some of the best in the whole world (we think)! Seriously, every single street you turn down has a magnificent aroma, some have the sweet smell of cinnamon trdelníks, while others have the comforting fragrance of charred Czech style potatoes and each square offers a place where roasted meats are catering to long lines of anxiously waiting snack food eaters.
When we went to see a hockey game in Prague we ordered hot dogs (párky) expecting a skinny frank or bratwurst on a white bun with ketchup and yellow mustard, what we got was something different but amazing. Imagine if you will, a foot long párek which extended off the sides of our paper plates. With it came a huge hand-cut piece of Czech rye bread served with a squirt of a spicy dijon style mustard and a pickle.
We quickly realized that this simple yet delicious specialty is served at restaurants, sports arenas, and via the oh-so-famous street vendors strategically positioned throughout the city.
The hot dogs themselves are so flavorful, and when you bite into them the casing makes a loud pop.
Or maybe it’s a snap.
Who knows…. Who CARES. The point it, it’s delicious!
The next time you make hot dogs, try to make them the Czech way – served on a piece of rye bread or turn the snack into a full meal and eat your frank with mashed potatoes or potato salad on the side!
We’ve discovered that franks in natural casings are best. If you can get Viennese or German frankfurters, great.
Using regular hot dogs, boil them gently on medium heat and then remove them from the water and place them into a non-stick skillet just for a couple of seconds. This rapidly dries out the exterior skin and creates that European snap or pop when you bite them.