Day 60 : Braided Chili Dog Parcel

Finally!  A day and night have gone by without anyone in my house puking!  In order to celebrate I decided to make something a little fun for dinner.  Chili and hotdogs is such a comfort dish for many families.  I thought why not give them something they are comfortable with in a new way?!  I honestly wasn’t sure it would even work, or that it was the best method, but it turned out fairly well even despite a few mistakes on my part that I was able to learn from.  There may be other ways to incorporate the idea of the puff pastry…. perhaps in ramekins as individual pies…. but it was worth the trouble when I saw the surprised look on my family’s faces when they realized the chili was inside the pastry!

I really enjoyed the added texture of the somewhat doughy and somewhat crisp pastry.  I also liked the addition of the chili powder and cumin to canned chili which is pretty mild in flavor I find.  I used nitrate free hotdogs for ours, but feel free to use whatever you like.  I also used velveeta since I had it on hand and it melts fast and creamy, but any cheese you want is fine.

 

Braided Chili Dog Parcel

Serves : 3              Time to make : 35 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • flour, for rolling out pastry
  • 3 hotdogs
  • 1 can chili
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 egg
  • cheddar cheese

Directions :

  1. If you haven’t done so already, thaw out the pastry sheet.  It takes 30 minutes or so.
  2. Slice hotdogs and fry in a skillet for a couple of minutes.  Add onions and fry a minute or so more.
  3. Add the chili, cumin, chili powder, and heat through.  Add the velveeta and heat until melted in.
  4. Turn off burner and set aside.
  5. Flour your counter surface and rolling pin liberally and then roll out your pastry sheet to about a 13 inch x 15 inch rectangle.
  6. Put foil on a cookie sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray.
  7. Move your pastry onto the sheet before doing this next step because it is nearly impossible to move aftewards as I learned the hard way lol.
  8. Leaving a 4 inch wide strip down the center (the long way) cut strips on both sides about an inch wide.
  9. Spoon your chili mixture into the center, taking care to keep it in the solid section as best you can.
  10. Alternating sides, pull the side strips up and over the mixture in an X pattern, and pinch the ends sealed.
  11. Beat egg with a splash of water in a bowl and then brush over the top of your pastry parcel.
  12. Bake in a 400 degree oven about 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown on top.  Sprinkle a bit of cheddar cheese on top the last minute or so if you want.
  13. To remove to a platter, lift up the foil and slide it off with a spatula very slowly.

 

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