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Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs!

 
I want to know one thing: What happened to summer? It feels like only last week, I was watering my lawn in a t-shirt and capris. Wait, that really was last week. Then bam! I’m standing outside in the morning with the actual temperature below freezing and a stiff breeze making it feel like 24 degrees and December.

Except it’s October. Oy.

The past years have brought unusual weather. We’ve started seeing snowfall as early as October. We’ve had nasty hurricanes up north in October, too. Everything’s changing. But you know what we can count on as a constant? Baseball. You can always count on baseball giving us a great show in October. Hello, World Series.

When it comes to baseball grub, more than peanuts or Cracker Jacks and yes, even beer, I think of hot dogs. Tradition has it that the practice of serving hot dogs at baseball parks started in St. Louis. (See how all this is coming together?) Fast forward more than a hundred years, and hot dogs are still standard fare at the game. So whether you prefer your hot dogs with neon green relish “dragged through the garden” and stuffed into a sesame seed bun, or topped with mustard and a simple onion sauce, or if you’ll take your Fenway Frank steamed (I had to give them a shout-out too), we all have our favorite way to enjoy hot dogs.

There’s just something about a hot dog that’s both supremely satisfying and nostalgic, and apparently, many of our members agree because we have some pretty creative sandwiches here, inspired by various regions around the country, and even outside this land of baseball. Let’s take a quick tour, shall we?

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Detroit-Style Coney Dogs by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch)

Detroit-Style Coney Dogs: natural casing hot dog, chili, mustard and onions. Classic.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Jalapeno Chili Dog by Nancy of Coupon Clipping Cook)

Jalapeño Chili Dog: a Tex-Mex style hot dog topped with chili, jalapeño peppers, chopped tomatoes, avocado, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Spicy cream smoky goodness.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Perro Caliente, Colombian Hot Dog by Michelle of A Recipe Junkie)

Colombian Hot Dog: fried hot dog seasoned with oregano and cumin, topped with a vinegar-based cabbage slaw, thinly sliced onion, avocado, three different kinds of sauces (garlic cilantro mayo, anyone?), and topped with shoestring fries. Perro caliente indeed.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (The Spud Dog by John Dawson of Patio Daddio BBQ)

The Spud Dog: beef hot dogs in a hoagie roll, topped with cheddar, fries, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and yellow mustard. John’s homage to Idaho and his German roots.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Fancy Pants Street Vendor Hot Dogs by Heather Cheney of Heather Likes Food)

Fancy Pants Street Vendor Hot Dogs: all-beef hot dogs marinated in apple cider vinegar, garlic and brown sugar, grilled then topped with a sweet BBQ sauce, onions, pepperoncinis, and pickles. Inspired by a hot dog stand in Utah. Yowza.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Buffalo Chicken Hot Dogs by Dax Phillips of Simple Comfort Food)

Buffalo Chicken Hot Dog: a chicken hotdog or sausage, dressed with Buffalo sauce, crumbled blue cheese, and celery. All the flavor of a Buffalo wing, without the messy fingers.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Pulled Pork Hot Dogs with Broccoli Slaw by Justine Sulia or Cooking and Beer)

Pulled Pork Hot Dogs with Broccoli Slaw: a hot dog topped with pulled pork, broccoli slaw, queso fresco, and cilantro. A little bit of south, a little bit of Mex. It’s all over the place, in the best way possible.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: The Theme is Hot Dogs! (Gourmet Chili Dogs by Bev Weidner of Bev Cooks)

Gourmet Chili Dogs: this isn’t necessarily tied to any one region either, but goodness, just try resisting this! The beef-and-bean chili gets extra depth from red wine and the “hot dog” is actually Polish sausage grilled and slightly charred, cradled in a baguette and topped with onions, cheese, and cilantro. Sign me up.

 
All this talk of hot dogs is giving me the urge to host a World Series party and set up a hot dog bar with every kind of topping possible. Then I think of having to clean up after and all the beer that might be consumed and all the hooting and hollering and toppings flying everywhere, and I’m tempted to set up the hot dog bar just for myself.

How about you? Do you have any favorite hot dog variations? Strong feelings about ketchup on a hot dog? Do you like them grilled, fried, deep-fried, or steamed? Cooked onions or raw? Did I make you want hot dogs now? (I hope so!)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 
 

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Alan on 11.23.2013

Hot dogs… Just looking at the pictures make me hungry… I especially liked the last one (Gourmet Chili Dogs). It looks absolutely delicious and nutritious! :)

Paula B. on 10.29.2013

This New Englander is really enjoying the baseball nod in your homage to hot dogs. And, although we may be glued to the action at Fenway, here, in Rhode Island, we enjoy our own unique “dogs”. Coney Island System weiners are an all beef, small hot dog, grilled and served “all the way” (yellow mustard, chopped onions and special meat sauce), no other condiments allowed. These are found at eateries which specialize in their making, however, at home, many cook a local frank called a Saugy, which is traditionally boiled to done-ness and served on N.E. style top-split buns. Relish, ketchup, approved, never any mayo! Here’s to baseball and enjoying one’s favorite hot dog!

Alex on 10.27.2013

God, all those different hotdogs are making me sooooo hungry. Hot dogs remind me of Halloween/Bonfire night in the UK so whenever I have them it takes me back to my cough younger days cough :)

Shelby on 10.27.2013

Love hot dogs! All of these look delicious- but please, never add ketchup. My favorite is the way we have them at home: all beef wieners, mustard, sweet raw onions, homemade cole slaw and homemade chili. I guess that’s a Southern Dog.

Carol N on 10.26.2013

I think my favorite hot dog topping is Michigan sauce….It doesn’t come from Michigan and it is not the same as Coney Sauce, but similar. It is a Northern New York recipe, found from Chateaugay, NY to Plattsburgh, NY I like it on Glazier’s hot dogs, in their natural casing….they “snap” when you bite into them. Glazier’s hot dogs are also local to Northern NY.
I also enjoy, but not at the same time, my own home made hot dog chili! A recipe I got from a physical therapist I worked with years ago. He took blue ribbons at the county and NYS Fair, for his relish!
Of course, there is the “Slaw Dog”, which I learned about at Weiner King in North Carolina.
Oh, I do love hot dogs!