Taking a Bite Outta Guy Fieri's Hot Wieners

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If you thought Cooking Virgin was going to attempt to make hot dogs from scratch, 1. my cooking skills aren't that impressive yet and 2. the pictures involved would probably make you lose your lunch, rather than enticing you to make it. Plus, if Guy Fieri's getting paid big bucks to cook and eat on national television and his prep cooks aren't he isn't making his own wieners, I'm sure as hell not going to sift through cow/pig/mystery meat parts.

Note: My recipe is 1/4 the size of Guy's, as I didn't have the need to feed 20 people. But it still worked...sort of. Here are The Virgin's DeStructions, loosely based on Guy's recipe:

1. To start, mince 2 tbsp of onions and place in a pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Heat over medium until onions are clear-ish. Frankly, mine were still a little opaque, but the original recipe warns not to brown them and I was a little worried.

2. Add 1/2 tbsp each paprika and chili powder, plus a pinch of dry mustard, cinnamon, allspice and curry and stir. What apparently results from using such a small amount of ingredients is a congealed blackish brown lump studded with onions. Yum.

Don't worry, it gets better.

3. Stir in 1/4 lb. ground beef (Guy recommends 80/20; I used a slightly leaner 85/15 since I planned on getting a hefty dose of fat from the addition of bacon) and brown over medium heat for five minutes

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