Czech Pickled hot dog sausages:
What's The Big Idea?
These are very popular traditional Czech pub snacks, delicious with a nice cold Czech beer! You will typically find large jars of them either on or behind the bar in a Czech pub.
If you prefer to save yourself the time and effort, Utopenci
can be bought online, already prepared.
All you need to add is a few bottles of Pilsner Urquell
The name Utopenci was allegedly given to this dish to honour its inventor, a Czech mill owner who drowned one day while fixing his millís wheel. Czechs have quite a dark sense of humour,
and they named this dish "Utopenci" in his memory - literally translated, it means "drowned men"!
Please note, this is a dish that needs to be prepared well in advance of your party.
Here's the list of what you need:
What To Do
- 350ml white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 10 whole black pepper corns
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 3 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 2lb thick hot dog sausages, "peeled" of their outer skins
- 5 cloves garlic
- 4 large onions, sliced into rings
- Mix the vinegar with 600ml cold water, the salt, sugar and the spices and bring to boil in a large saucepan
- Boil for 2 minutes, and then let the liquid cool
- Prepare a 2 liter preserve jar. Add the onions, garlic, and hot-dogs in layers
- Once the liquid is luke warm, pour it into the jar. Make sure all the spices are transferred to the jar
- Shake the jar in order to get rid of bubbles. Seal the jar and put it into a cool place or fridge for 2 weeks
- Serve with rustic bread and plenty of pilsner beer