Stahls’ Paczki Day Coneys
I’ve written about mixed media heat print applications before, but this combination is not something you will find under a heat press. If you’re from the Detroit area, there are two words in your food vocabulary that may cause the uninitiated to glance at you with questioning eyes. One is paczki (pronounced poonch-key or punch-key), a traditional Fat Tuesday delight more commonly known as a donut. Specifically, a jelly-filled donut. It’s a tradition for many in the Detroit area to indulge in paczkis on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. And it’s long been a tradition at the Michigan Stahls’ locations for folks to pass boxes of paczkis around the shop. Another Detroit-area foodie tradition has less to do with Fat Tuesday and more to do with hot dogs. Coney Dogs are a variation on the hot dog, usually served covered with chilli sauce and onions. “Coneys” refer to the hot dogs themselves and it’s also local code for the typically Greek-American owned “Coney Island” diners at which they are served. When the Detroit Free Press published a photo of a paczki-wrapped Detroit coney, some brave souls (Dan Stahl and Stephanie Briske leading the charge) set out on a mission to recreate this hybrid. According to Dan, “We were able to create our own Stahls’ Paczki Day Coney, with the help of two local establishments. So a special shout out to Mannino’s Bakery in Sterling Heights, which was able to supply us with unfilled paczkis. We then sought out the help of LA Coney Island Restaurant in Sterling Heights, where they were willing to top off the paczkis with Coneys for us.” This is not a snack for everyone, but it was reported that those brave enough to try one ended up a firm believer. Dan insists, “They are delicious!” I’m going to have to take his word for it, since I wasn’t around to give it a try. There’s always next year.