Hot Dogs, Gourmet Recipes

Here are some masterful ideas on how to turn your next humble hot dog into a Haute dog with some of these fancy fixin's. As usual, hot dogs are delicious any way you dress'em! Photos and gourmet hot dog toppings inspired by  Dust Jacket Attic.

Prosciutto hot dogs with pickled pears and fennel jam

Smoky bacon hot dogs with bourbon BBQ sauce and onion rings 

Hot dogs with Haloumi, olive salsa and ouzo mayonnaise

Chili  black bean  hot dogs with jalapeno salsa

Turn your next BBQ into a party that will get talked about. These gourmet hot dogs are easy to prepare and sure to please everyone. Check out my recipe for homemade hot dog buns  if you're really adventurous and stay tuned for a  super simple homemade ketchup!! If you're using  a knackwurst or extra large wiener,
simmer them in gently boiling water for about 4 minutes before grilling. Cook over a low heat just long enough to get grill marks and a crispy exterior. Turn over and cook the other side for an additional minute. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings or try one of the traditional choices presented after the jump!!

Here's a few "Golden Oldie" traditional  Hot Dog fixings to add to the list: adapted from Freut Cake

The Ball Game Hot Dog:
Yellow mustard, chopped onions and relish

The Mexican Hot Dog:
Bacon wrapped hot dog with grilled onions, grilled tomatoes, guacamole and grilled jalapeno pepper

The Reuben Hot Dog:
Sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing

The Coney Island Hot Dog:
Chili, diced onion and grated cheddar cheese

The Southern Hot Dog:
Sweet Cole slaw and BBQ sauce

The Chicago Hot Dog:
Grainy mustard, onion, cucumber, tomato slices, celery leaves, Peperoncini ,dill pickle spear and relish

As you must be aware by now, the humble hot dog holds a high place with regards to fave summertime meals in our household. When our daughter turned 20, we asked her what she would like for her birthday dinner. Her birthday is in June, so her response was that she would love to have a hot dog cooked over the campfire. She has many fond child hood memories associated with our camping experiences and the wonderful taste of the charred dog cooked on a stick under the stars is definitely one of them. She was young so she often fell asleep in her chair after this particular dinner, so many times we just carried her from the fireside to her sleeping bag. In the morning we would have a chuckle at her PJ's stained with ketchup, mustard and relish from the night before! I hope you try some of these imaginative combinations of toppings and find enjoyment in the simple pleasure of eating a hot dog!

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