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Steaming Hot Dog Buns at Home

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I am having friends over for dinner today for Chicago Style Dogs. We are excited to attempt this at home as wel went on a road trip to Chicago recently and fell in love with the dogs. I have all of the fixins...down to the poppy seed buns! However, I just realized I'm not sure how to steam the buns. I don't have a double broiler. Help save Chicago Dog Friday please! :)

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  1. No steamer rack or insert of any kind that would fit inside a large pot or covered skillet? What about a cake rack? If you have two large skillets you could put some water in one, the rack over it, then the buns and invert the other skillet over. I do that sometimes. Or maybe a rack in a large roaster with a little water inside, then the buns and seal with foil and into the oven.

    1. I like steamed buns, too. Depending on how many you're doing, I would recommend using a cooling rack over simmering water. Heating the buns doesn't take long, and be sure to handle them with tongs or gloves. Enjoy!

      1. For me, the easiest way to steam hotdog buns and not risk getting them soggy is to wrap two at a time in a damp paper towel (soak thoroughly and squeeze all but a little of the water out) and zap for 15 to 20 seconds.

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        1. re: inaplasticcup

          This is what I ended up doing and it worked perfectly, except next time I'll steam them "to order". They did get a little dried out if they sat too long. Which I'm sure would happen no matter how I steamed them. Thank you!