Haute Dogs!8:00 AM
Hot dogs and I have a history. As a kid I went through a prolonged hot dog phase; plain hot dogs cut into pieces were the only meal I wanted to consume. My parents liked to go to dinner at Hoss's Steak and Seahouse, which I loved because Hoss's used to cut your name into your hot dog. When I lived in New York, I would wolf down a cheap hot dog before company softball games. There were hot dogs at my wedding.
Now, like me, hot dogs have grown up and gotten fancy. There are apparently a whole bunch of topping options I never knew about as a picky kid. The newest cookbook in my collection, Haute Dogs, is helping me step outside my hot dog comfort zone.
The first kind we made was The Chicago dog. This recipe includes a ton of veggies: sliced tomato, a dill pickle, sport peppers (I substituted pepperoncini), and tons of relish. In Chicago the relish is a truly horrifying neon hue, but even neon food coloring didn't make Kroger brand sweet relish look as bright as the photo in the book. You're supposed to top a Chicago dog with a squiggle of mustard, but keep that ketchup far away.
The second was the Colombian pineapple dog.
This one was weird and different, but I think we all loved it. This is topped with salsa golf (a mix of ketchup, mayo, splash of hot sauce, salt, & pepper), pineapple relish (crushed pineapple, red onion, chopped jalepeno, lime juice, and ginger), cheddar cheese, and potato chips. It normally weirds me out when I see people pile sandwiches with chips, but I have to say that the crunch made this hot dog extra special.
Gah, what a beautiful, delicious mess.
Oh and everyone seemed to enjoy the new hot dog recipes. And isn't experiencing new hot dogs what summer is all about?
So if you're looking for a way to jazz up your recipes, I recommend getting the Haute Dogs cookbook! The french fry dog and the waffle dog recipes are calling my name!