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Brazilian Hot Dog (Cachorro Quente)

A plump sausage link smothered with well-seasoned and saucy ground beef, melted cheese, and a huge range of outrageous toppings. It is love at first bite!
Cuisine:Brazilian
Servings 8 hot dogs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (about 450 g) ground beef I made mine with lean beef)
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 good pinch cumin
  • 8 hot dog links on each sausage, make a lengthwise cut that goes from one end to the other. The cut must be superficial, i.e., less than half of the thickness of the sausage **
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion small diced
  • 1 green pepper small diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups water or beef broth/stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 8 loaves of French rolls or hot dog buns
  • Shredded mozzarella for topping

** The best sausages are those that have a moist (not dry) appearance inside.

    Instructions

    • In a bowl , season ground beef with salt, pepper and cumin.  Reserve.
    • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the sausage and just enough water to cover.  Once the water comes to a boil, remove pan from heat.  You will notice that the sausages have nearly doubled in size (plumpness technique).  Reserve.
    • In a medium stainless-steel saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil.  Sauté both the onion and bell pepper.  When the onion becomes translucent, add the garlic and let it cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.  
    • Add the ground beef and let brown. Stir in  the tomato paste.  Then add either water or broth/stock and thyme, and bring to a boil. 
    • When it begins to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let the meat cook, partially covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
    • Remove from heat, stir in the lime juice,  and cover the pan.
    • To assemble the hot dog, put a warm or hot sausage link into each roll/bun, and then on top of it spoon about 2-4 tablespoons of the prepared, hot ground beef.  Top with shredded mozzarella cheese (only assemble the hot dogs right before serving, in order to prevent the bread from becoming soggy).  
    • Mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise are the preferred choices for condiments in Brazil.  The hot dogs can be served with the following accompaniments: steamed corn, steamed peas, pico de gallo, grated Parmesan cheese, shoestring potatoes, shredded lettuce, chopped parsley, chopped olives, grated carrots, mashed potatoes, requeijão cheese, etc..  Typical accompaniments vary from one region of Brazil to the next.
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