August 4, 2021

4 variations of hot dogs

Today is National Hot Dog Day. Here are four variations that I have made and strongly suggest:
For all four variations:
4 hot dog wieners (I like the Costco Polish dogs)
4 hot dog or sausage buns
For the Tex Mex:
1 cup corn salsa
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced and grilled
For the lime-cilantro mayonnaise:
½ cup mayonnaise
juice of ½ a lime
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
For the County Fare:
4 pickles, sliced lengthwise
1 cup beef chili, warmed
1 cup shredded sharp Canadian cheddar
ketchup, prepared mustard and relish for garnish
For the Pizza Dawg:
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup sautéed onions, mushrooms and peppers
½ cup sliced green olives
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped, for garnish
For the Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese:
8 slices bacon, cooked
1 cup macaroni and cheese, warmed
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
1 cup creamy coleslaw, for garnish
Prepare the hot dogs: Preheat grill to 500°F. Using a pairing knife, cut small 45° slits along the length of the wieners, marking every half-inch and going about halfway deep. Transfer the wieners onto the hot grill and cook for about 5 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure they’re uniformly cooked. Use wieners in one or more of the following ways:
For the Tex Mex: Open buns on work surface and spoon equal amounts of corn salsa onto each, spreading it out evenly. Place one cooked wiener onto each bun. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack then add slices of grilled jalapeños. Place prepared hot dogs into an oven-safe casserole or rectangular baking pan. Transfer to preheated 250°F oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bun is toasted. Combine mayo, lime juice and cilantro and add to hot dogs as garnish.
For the County Fare: Open buns on work surface and line each side with pickle slices. Place one cooked wiener onto each bun. Add a helping of chili on top of each, spreading it across the hot dog. Sprinkle with cheese. Place prepared hot dogs into an oven-safe casserole or rectangular baking pan. Transfer to preheated 250°F oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bun is toasted. Garnish with ketchup, mustard and relish.
For the Pizza Dog: Open buns on work surface. Add a helping of pizza sauce onto each, spreading it across. Place one cooked wiener onto each bun. Sprinkle a small handful of olives on one side of hot dog. Add some of the sautéed vegetables across the other. Sprinkle with cheese. Place prepared hot dogs into an oven-safe casserole or rectangular baking pan. Transfer to preheated 250°F oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bun is toasted. Garnish with chopped green onion.
For the Bacon Mac ‘N Cheese: Open buns on work surface and line each side with a rasher of bacon. Add a helping of macaroni and cheese onto each, spreading it across. Place one cooked wiener onto each bun. Sprinkle with cheese. Place prepared hot dogs into an oven-safe casserole or rectangular baking pan. Transfer to preheated 250°F oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bun is toasted. Garnish with a generous helping of coleslaw, distributing it across the hot dog.
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