Gourmet Hot Dog Toppings!

hotdog1.jpgHot Dog!  A Summer Classic Revisited!

No matter what you might say about hot dogs (or what you might think they are made of!), hot dogs are a delicious staple of summer cook outs and pretty hard to resist when roasting on a nearby grill!  My favorite gal chef, Rachael Ray, recently conducted an extensive hot dog tasting survey and here are the results of the dogs “that cut the mustard!” (Couldn’t help myself!)

Best Overall – Bar-S Beef Franks ($2.99, local grocery stores)

Runner Up – Kunzler Beef Franks from Pennsylvania’s Amish Country ($4.99, kunzler.com)

Best Turkey – Oscar Mayer Turkey Franks ($1.99, local grocery stores)

Best Classic – Ball Park Franks ($2.39, local grocery stores)

Best Veggie – Morningstar Farms America’s Original Veggie Dogs ($3.99, local grocery stores)

Best Chicken – Applegate Farms Organic Uncured Chicken Hot dogs ($5.99, select stores)

Fun Toppings!

Now that you’re excited about the wide range of hot dogs, toppings are next in line!  Of course there is ketchup, mustard and relish, but our American classic deserves better!  At your next back yard gathering or birthday party, set up a hot dog buffet and wow your guests with gourmet fixings for the humble dog!  Consider one or more of the following:

  1. California – guacamole, sprouts and sunflower seeds
  2. Chili – homemade chili, chopped red onions, shredded cheddar cheese and crushed Fritos
  3. Mexican – salsa, nacho cheese sauce and broken tortilla chips
  4. Italian – diced and sauteed potatoes, onions and red/green peppers
  5. Greek – diced sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese and chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  6. Fruity – sliced peaches, chopped scallions and fruit chutney
  7. Caprese – a combination of diced fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and minced garlic, drizzled with a dash of olive oil
  8. Southwest – homemade corn relish and diced bacon (see Corn Relish Recipe)

After giving these fabulous combinations a try, neither you nor your guests will be questioning the merits of this barbeque classic!

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    5 responses to “Gourmet Hot Dog Toppings!”

    1. Debbie says:

      These are great ideas – Can’t wait to try some of them.


      My favorite is a RHODE ISLAND SAUGY FRANKFURT boiled till just split open, Grey Poupon, Diced Onions & Celery Salt…www.saugy.net

    3. Alicia says:

      It’s fun to learn of new ways to serve an old classic! Thanks!

    4. Jeremy Lux says:

      The best combo I’ve come up with is bacon wrapped with BBQ sauce and shredded chedder.

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