Frankly Chanukah

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This recipe serves as an instructional guideline for making a Menorah out of hot dogs and puff pastry.  As I constructed the Menorah, I realized I had cut more hot dogs and puff pastry strips than I needed for the eight branches.  This definitely ended up in my best interests! I was already hungry when I began my project, and when it was baking in the oven, the sound of it sizzling combined with that telltale roasted hot dog aroma with golden brown puff pastry made it nearly impossible for me to resist grabbing a piece! Thus, making some extra “franks in blanks” while doing this is a good bet!

Frankly Chanukah
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Frankly Chanukah
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 packages Abeles & Heymann franks whichever type you like best
  • 1 roll frozen puff pastry dough partially thawed
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • sesame seeds for topping
  • ketchup for flames
  • spicy brown mustard for flames
  • 1 cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Let the dough thaw slightly on the counter or in a microwave on its recommended setting, just enough to loosen the dough from the plastic backing.
  2. Cut 8 franks into half as your candles. Use another 5 uncut franks for the base, shamash and "arms" of the Menorah. (making extra pieces is highly recommended, especially if there are hungry children nearby--or perhaps impatient cooks--who may want to eat the Menorah before presentation time:))
  3. With a clean non-serrated knife, slice thin strips (I went with 1/2" strips) of the dough. My roll of puff pastry was about 10" wide and a 1/2" x10" strip was enough to wind around one uncut frank. The shorter "candle" franks used a strip measuring about 1/2" x 5".
  4. Take your puff pastry strip and wind it at an angle around the frank, and set it down on the parchment paper so that the loose ends are underneath. This helps keep the dough in place while baking. Repeat this process until you have all eight "candles" made, and all five "support" franks neatly wound in dough.
  5. Assemble your Menorah as shown in the photo, or in whatever Chanukah style design you like best!
  6. Brush your project with the slightly beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds along the top (or a mixture of sesame, poppy or minced onion for an "everything bagel" style topping).
  7. Place in preheated 400* oven for about 20 minutes or until the puff pastry is dark golden brown.
  8. Using ketchup or your favorite mustard—or both--squeeze droplets onto the parchment paper where your flames should be. Using a toothpick, drag a bit of the ketchup or mustard into an upward pointing flame shape. Enjoy!
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