I’m going to show you how to make Keto Bagel Dogs! The standard bagel dog is a staple of the American airport. We’ve all been there – stuck at a terminal, hungry, not knowing what to eat until we lay our eyes on those delicious bagel dogs behind the glass at the baked goods counter! Although, if you’re on a keto or low-carb diet (or are diabetic), you know that these hot dog wrapped in baked goodness is not a blessing, but a curse. BUT – you can have those delicious bagel dogs – you just have to make them when you get home from the airport.
The airport is how this recipe for how to make Keto Bagel Dogs came to be. On my way back from a short trip to New York City, I was stuck at the terminal in LaGuarida airport with nowhere to go. As I sat there, stressed, chugging an extra large coffee, all I could smell was the deliciousness of pretzels and bagel dogs. Even when I walked around the terminal in a feverish attempt to find a spot that wasn’t nauseating with the smell of such wonders. Eventually, I boarded my plane and flew out of that hell.
For days after arriving home my mind kept going back to that terminal. That terminal that was full of complaining and unreasonable travelers, dirty seats, over-packed waiting rooms, and crying children. And… and the sweet smell of those bagel dogs. So I got to work on these puppies (pun intended).
The first couple of iterations were decent, but I always felt they needed more garlic – and thus why the final recipe has so much of it. Unfortunately, garlic powder can be rather high in carbs, so if you’re 100% strict or don’t enjoy a good garlic flavor, reduce the garlic by half. And don’t bother with real garlic (unless you don’t have any powdered garlic). The recipe needs the dryness and the potency of the dried stuff.
Making the dough into a long rope like structure is necessary. It seems silly and unnecessarily time consuming, but it actually makes a huge difference in the texture and how it bakes. By making the rope, you get peaks and valleys of crispy and soft – texture that you wouldn’t get if you simply wrapped them in the dough, so put in the extra work. And DON’T forget the egg/butter wash. That makes sure that the dough gets a nice crisp and color to it.
Although these go superbly well with a nice cold lager, beer is off the table on a keto/low-carb diet. If you don’t care, pair it with an Agave Margarita, works just as great!
Oh, and here’s the best part: non keto/low-carb eaters will enjoy these too. Watch these dogs disappear when you set them on the table!