American Dog

Posted September 27th, 2013 in Food 4 Comments »

American Dog – …. I’m not talking about a dog here, it’s actually a name of delicious snack.  I think why people call it “Dog” is because it is quite similar to the style of “hotdog”.  It’s got sausage, it’s got bread (kind of), and is a handy snack to fill up empty stomach between the meal.

Here is the American Dog ↓↓↓


It’s a children’s favourite!  You can find them at the counter in convenience stores in Japan along with niku-man (steamed pork buns) , karaage (fried chicken), and chips.  It often comes with tomato sauce and/or mustard, just like hotdog.

American Dog is a savoury donut , and there is sausage inside!  Sausages are coated in batter then get deep-fried in oil.  Usually American Dog is big (containing 1 whole Frankfurt sausage) and a chopstick or wooden stick is used as a handle, but I use dry pasta for edible handle and I make them smaller so kids can easily munch on.

<Recipe>  makes about 8 mini American Dog

  • 2 long Frankfurt sausages
  • some Plain Flour to dust the sausages
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 30g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg (at room temperature)
  • 20g Unsalted Butter
  • 50cc Milk
  • 1 or 2 Dried spaghetti

  1. Melt butter in microwave.  Leave to cool.
  2. Cut the sausage into 4 pieces each, so there’re 8 pieces.  Dust the sausages with plain flour in a plastic bag or a bowl.  Shake off excess flour.
  3. In a mixing bowl, place melted butter, sugar, egg and milk, and mix well. Shift in the flour + baking powder, and mix with spatula.  
  4. Break the spaghetti and stick to the sausages.  
  5. Heat oil in a deep sauce pan to 160℃.  Using 2 spoons, coat the sausages with batter then drop into oil.  Turn the donut around until it becomes golden colour.  Remove from oil to the rack. Repeat with remaining.
  6. Enjoy with tomato sauce, or any sauce you like 🙂

4 Comments on “American Dog”

  1. 1 Paul (@BlueKutsu) said at 1:13 am on September 28th, 2013:

    Ahhh, interesting! In America we call them hushpuppies, and they’re made with cornmeal.

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 3:23 pm on October 7th, 2013:

    Thanks for your comment, Paul! Wow it is interesting… the name “hushpuppies” sounds so cute 🙂
    Do you mean the dough is made with cornmeal? Anyway it is an American food then – that’s why we call them “American” in Japan..

  3. 3 Paul (@BlueKutsu) said at 4:49 am on October 24th, 2013:

    Yeah, interesting. =)

    I’ve never made them, but yeah, I believe the dough is made with cornmeal over here.

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 11:00 pm on October 25th, 2013:

    If I visit America I’d love to try them out 🙂

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