Not only are hot dogs thrifty when traveling, but you can spruce them up a bit and make quite a display for those in your hotel room to feast on.
If you like your hot dogs boiled, nothing could be simpler. Literally, you throw your hot dogs in the rice cooker, add water, cover them, and wait for about 11 minutes or so. Since we like our hot dogs juicy, we prefer hot dogs that have not cooked so long that they have cracked open. If so, they will lose some of their wonderful juicy flavor. I don’t warm up the rice cooker prior to cooking, nor do I wait for the water to boil before adding the hot dogs.
Place your hot dogs in the rice cooker (do not use the steamer basket). Add about 1 cup of water to the rice cooker; more water will need to be added if you are cooking more than one packet of hot dogs. Put the rice cooker lid on, and flip the switch to start the cooking process.
Cook in the rice cooker for approximately 11 minutes. Obviously, this time could vary with your particular rice cooker. Cooking for an excessive time will cause the hot dogs to crack and lose flavor.
Simply place dogs in buns and surround with your favorite sides. I usually pick up a bag of chopped salad and dressing to complete the fare.
Side toppings to consider: (just open bags/cans and place in small bowls or paper cups)
- canned chili
- shredded cheese