The Mini-hot dog conundrum

Are you a fan of mini hot dogs rolled up in biscuit dough and baked in the oven?  I’m not talking about “bagel dogs” or variants (too doughy).  I’m talking about little Vienna hot dogs (or Boar’s Head or Hebrew National), wrapped in a thin perfect coat of buttermilk biscuit and baked just right.

So, what’s the problem.  It is not the hot dog, as they are still readily available.  Nope, it is the biscuit.  No little tube of prepared biscuit dough was to be found at two of my local markets  (Sunset or Garden Fresh, didn’t look at Jewel), just crescent dough or Pillsbury “Grand” and it is not the same.  What to do, what to do!

Well, the answer is to be found on the internet, of course!  Any number of recipes for fresh buttermilk biscuits can be discovered at the click of the mouse.

We tried the following recipe with excellent results (and by we, I mean that my lovely spouse made the dough, I just rolled it around the hot dogs!):

Here it is if you don’t want to click to it:

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

  • Servings: 12 biscuits or dough to wrap 36+ mini-hotdogs
  • Difficulty: easy
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Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

By P4 on April 22, 2002


Photo by Dine & Dish

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 22 mins
  • Yield: 10 biscuits

About This Recipe

“These buttermilk biscuits are authentic. This recipe came from my great-great-grandmother, and was handed down to all the women in my family, and we are all Southern. I am the first one to commit the sin of using a food processor (lol) but I find it works very well. I would put these biscuits up against anyone’s – they are perfect in every single way. I hope you all enjoy them.”


    • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the board ( if you can get White Lily flour, your biscuits will be even better)
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder ( use one without aluminum)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
    • 1 cup buttermilk ( approx)


  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  4. If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  5. Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  6. If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  8. Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  9. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  10. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
  11. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  12. If you like”crusty” sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  13. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  14. Do not overbake.
  15. Note: The key to real biscuits is not in the ingredients, but in the handling of the dough.
  16. The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
  17. I have found that a food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there’s less chance of overmixing.
  18. You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
  19. Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
  20. Note 2: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them for up to a month.
  21. When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.

These biscuits are excellent with good taste and texture.  Even better, they did a great job for  wrapping the mini hotdogs as well.



About trustforce

A well trained amateur chef, I have learned by taking some master classes and doing a lot of reading and experimentation. I cook and enjoy many different cuisines. The fun is getting it right, with great taste and presentation. The smells and appearance add to the pleasure of eating well. I can enjoy a great Chicago style hot dog or an Italian beef sandwich, or have equal pleasure from haut cuisine. All my recipe postings are extensively tested by me unless I state otherwise. I will sometimes post a recipe that sounds like it should be good before I actually make it myself, but I will always come back and revise the "untested" recipe after I've made it, with valid comments to keep old posts accurate and current. If I am not the originator of a recipe I will always correctly attribute the source author, even if I have modified the recipe. I will occasionally post reviews of local restaurants on the site. The big problem that I have with eating out is that I know too much about restaurants and I find it hard to ignore or forgive sloppy technique or bad ingredients. I pull no punches in my restaurant reviews!
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One Response to The Mini-hot dog conundrum

  1. trustforce says:

    The southern gravy idea sounds great, but not with the mini hot dogs! BTW, Jewel did have the old style Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, but this recipe is a definite step up.

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