Hot dogs are the reigning champs of the backyard food scene, but they aren’t usually at the top of the gourmet food scene. We’re here to change all that. We’ve gathered up a handful of hot dog recipes to help you venture well beyond ketchup and mustard. These recipes are sure to please even the snobbiest foodie at your next cookout.
The Cuban sandwich, also known as a Cubano, is a mainstay of Florida cuisine. The Cuban Hot Dog is basically the same thing, but it replaces the sandwich’s typical pork with a sliced all-beef frank. Try it out with this recipe from Country Cleaver: http://www.countrycleaver.com/2016/05/cuban-hot-dog.html
Kansas City Dog
The Kansas City Dog gets its inspiration from the city’s rich barbecue culture. It features burnt ends, a generous dash of local barbecue sauce, and a few pickles to top it all off. Get your KC fix with a recipe from Men’s Journal here: mensjournal.com/food-drink/real-kansas-city-hot-dog/
Last but not least, we land in Hawaii, where grilled pineapple and teriyaki mayo top a hot dog with the flavors of the islands. As a bonus, this recipe from The Endless Meal offers tips on making these dogs vegan and even gluten-free, something we can’t claim for many of the previous suggestions. Get the recipe here: https://www.theendlessmeal.com/hawaiian-hot-dogs/
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Antoni’s Fancy Hot Dogs
Fans of the Queer Eye reboot on Netflix will recognize this two-in-one recipe from the show’s first season. For a firefighter’s fundraiser, chef Antoni Porowski made two dressed-up dogs: one with honey mustard and pickled carrots and the other spicy chipotle mayo and some crunchy crushed chips. The recipes were captured on the Peachy Jean blog here: https://www.peachyjeanblog.com/hot-dogs-two-ways-from-queer-eyes-antoni-porowski/
Banh Mi Hot Dog
Banh mi is a traditional Vietnamese sandwich served on a soft baguette. This hot dog-based version features a daikon and carrot slaw, a drizzle of hoisin sauce, a cucumber spear, and a spicy double punch of sriracha mayo and jalapenos. Try it for yourself with this recipe from My Name is Yeh: https://mynameisyeh.com/mynameisyeh/2014/6/bnh-m-hot-dogs
Last but not least, we present the Greek dog. This surprising Mediterranean twist layers hummus and tzatziki sauce with fresh cucumbers, peppers, and onions for a lighter option. Go for pre-made hummus and tzatziki for a super-easy summer dinner. You can find the recipe at the NeighborFood Blog here: https://neighborfoodblog.com/greek-hot-dogs/
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