I’m dusting off this family favorite recipe because it’s that time of year when supper discussions are filled with marvelous ideas for Halloween costumes and disagreement over what is appropriate or not – usually Rémy campaigning to take weapons to school as part of his costume – this year he’s a survivor from THE WALKING DEAD… thank fully Minty has reverted back to her childhood fantasy and is twirling around as a Disney princess.
The idea is nothing new – and there are plenty of versions to be found around the web – but mine were inspired by the living legend of food bloggers: Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman and her fabulous book – The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations.
I flicked through the easy to follow pictures and marvelled at all the great ranch shots – think cowboys, cattle, horses and home on the range – which is obviously where Ree calls home.
Her book is divided into 12 holidays – from New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve with everything in between. It being the week of Halloween I turned to this chapter for inspiration and immediately fell in love with the mummy dogs. Ree uses her basic dough recipe to wrap her dogs – for mine I used frozen puff pastry.
Basic dough, puff pastry, pizza dough or store bought biscuit dough.
8 Organic Turkey dogs
Milk or egg wash
2. Take one strip of dough and start by placing it over the top of the ‘head’ of the frankfurter – going up and over before you start wrapping around, criss-crossing as you go. Leave a gap for the face. I used two strips per dog. Use a little water to stick the ends down.
3. Wrap all the dogs and line up on a baking wrack. Use a little milk or egg to lightly brush the mummies.
If you have anyone like Rémy in the house they will be unable to wait for the mummies to cool down – here he is decorating the mummies with ketchup – “for blood Mummy!” Then he bites into a piping hot mummy only to spit out the head because it was too hot!
Decapitated Mummy – perfect for Halloween!
Thank you for the inspiration Ree.
Now go and buy the book ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve…