Recipe Review

I Tried the Baked Potato Hot Dog Mash-up Recipe and It May Just Be Next Summer’s Big Trend

published Dec 21, 2022
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I Tried Nathan's Famous Baked Potato Dog
Credit: Choya Johnson

I’ve enjoyed many variations of eating hot dogs. When I was growing up, they were a fridge favorite for an easy and quick snack, and they just hit different after a long summer day at the pool.

Although a regular hot dog topped with ketchup and mustard ruled my childhood, as an adult I’m all about pushing the limit when it comes to my favorite culinary pastimes. From lobster grilled cheese sandwiches to hot dog burgers, I’m open to giving it all a try. And such was the case when I found Nathan’s baked potato dog recipe.

A new spin on two traditional favorites that I would have never thought to combine? This was one recipe that I couldn’t wait to try.

Credit: Choya Johnson

How to Make Nathan’s Baked Potato Dog

Making these are super easy, and you only need a few ingredients. To start, you’ll need an 8-pack of Nathan’s Skinless Beef Franks, medium russet potatoes (the recipe calls for eight, but only get what you need), and all the toppings you prefer to have on your typical baked potato. For me, that was shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, crumbled bacon, butter, and salt and pepper.

Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Using a fork, create small holes in the skin of the potatoes. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes — or until fork-tender. Set aside to slightly cool.

While your potatoes are cooling, cook the hot dogs in your preferred way. Nathan’s suggest pan-frying with butter, but I recently got a new LG oven that has air-frying capabilities, so I used this as an excuse to test that feature out.

Once the hot dogs are ready, turn your attention back to your baked potato. Split the top of the baked potato with a knife, being careful to not cut all the way through. Place one hot dog in each baked potato, load with toppings, serve hot, and enjoy!

Credit: Choya Johnson

My Honest Review of Nathan’s Baked Potato Dog

The recipe was really good. While I’m sure you can use any hot dog brand for this, I think the use of Nathan’s hot dogs made the difference for the quality. Although I did enjoy creating and consuming this recipe, I couldn’t see this being something I would make repeatedly. The hot dog on the potato was just a bit much for me. If you like being a little extra, however, this will definitely be a recipe for you.

3 Tips for Making Nathan’s Baked Potato Dog

  • Do not boil your hot dog, You want to pan-fry, air-fry, or grill your dog. These methods would produce a better taste and texture of the hot dog against your baked potato. Trust me on this one.
  • Cut your hot dog into bite-size pieces, I found cutting the hot dog into smaller pieces gave for a better experience when enjoying the final product.
  • Serve hot. The best way to enjoy this recipe is with the cheese perfectly melted atop the potato and hog dog. So be sure to consume while it’s still hot!