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Steaming Hot Dog Buns at Home

tdmort Sep 9, 2011 01:01 PM

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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    acgold7 Sep 9, 2011 01:28 PM

    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. marthasway Sep 9, 2011 01:34 PM

      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. inaplasticcup Sep 9, 2011 03:08 PM

        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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          tdmort Sep 10, 2011 05:58 AM

          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!

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