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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 or Budvar!

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.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 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

What To Do

  • 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

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