Recipe SWAT Team tackles hot dogs this week
When the theme, hot dogs, was announced for this week, contestants posed two interesting questions. The first was, "If we're making a hot dog (as in with a bun), do we have to use franks or can we use our favorite sausage?" Not wanting to curtail any creative juices, we said, "Nope, the sky's the limit. Use whatever your heart desires." Hence, Tyler Sullivan made her hot dog with sweet Italian sausage.
Click here to see the 8 Creative Hot Dog Recipes Slideshow
The second question was, "If we're using franks, do they have to sit inside of a bun?" Nope! Which is why we ended up with fantastically creative recipes like Judith Hannemann's Polynesian Hot Dogs Recipe. Not a bun in sight, and it might be just what some people are looking for. Hannemann is a member of the Culinary Content Network and author of the blog The Midnight Baker.
The winning prize, however, goes to Emma Laperruque, staff writer for the Cook channel, who created a Reuben Dog that is aimed squarely at the indecisive eaters out there; how many times have you been torn between a delicious Reuben sandwich and a juicy grilled hot dog? Problem solved.
All of the recipes featured here can be made at home for about $20 or less, excluding the cost of small amounts of basic ingredients such as butter, oil, flour, sugar, salt, pepper, and other dried herbs and spices.
Will Budiaman is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.
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The Carolina Crusher
The Carolina Crusher is everything you’ve ever wanted on a hot dog – and then some. Sitting mightily on a pretzel roll, it’s a Nathan’s frank with melty cheddar, BBQ sauce and fried jalapeños.
Greek Salad Dog
Greece meets West in this refreshing spin on your usual hot dog. It’s a juicy Nathan’s frank topped with crisp lettuce, crumbly feta and bright Mediterranean flavors.
The Jalapeño Popper Dog
Be the star of your gathering with this hot dog take on the jalapeño popper. Rich cream cheese, jalapeños, tangy mustard and onion straws generously pile high on a meaty Nathan’s frank.
Kicked Up Flautas
Split between hot dogs or tacos for dinner? Go for both! This Mexican-inspired dog is a rich, savory Nathan’s frank nested in a crispy tortilla and covered with your favorite taco fillings. Delicioso!
The Sweet & Spicy Dog
Spice up your hot dog routine with this fiery recipe. It’s a delicious Nathan’s frank loaded to the max with chipotle ketchup, jalapeño mustard and a spoonful of fresh pineapple to tame the flame.
What to make with hot dogs
My kids adore hot dogs. And while I love a good Chicago dog, I can only handle the basic dog in bun meal so often.
So we searched the internet to find other things to cook with hot dogs. We wanted recipes that were easy, unique, and fun. And anything that our kids will approve of is another win.
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Creative Hot Dogs
Start by chopping celery into small cubes. Top your hot dog with the celery, add some blue cheese crumbles, and drizzle some ranch dressing and buffalo sauce on the toppings. The crunch of the celery makes this hot dog so fresh and unique!
We doesn’t love nachos? Adding all the flavors of a plate of nachos to your hot dogs is a fun twist on a classic. Spice up your dog by topping it with melted queso cheese, pico de gallo (diced tomato, diced red onion, fresh cilantro, fresh jalapenos, salt, and lime juice), and crumpled up tortilla chips. If you’re feeling feisty, add some pickled jalapenos too!
Mac and Cheese Dog:
This is by far the easiest way to eat your mac without a spoon! Start by making your mac and cheese, (you can even do this ahead of time). Then, spoon it on top of the hot dog. Top with a few sprinkles of shredded cheddar cheese. For an extra flavor explosion, add some crumbled bacon to the top!
Grilled hotdog, grilled pineapple cut into small chunks, fresh squeezed lime juice, picked whole cilantro leaves, thin sliced scallions, fined diced red onion.
Along with the traditional toppings, and our creative hotdog recipes listed here, feel free to offer guests a few new alternatives. If you have a few combinations you are fond of, group the toppings and place small signs with the name and ingredients so guests can give them a try or create their own new versions.
Ingredients And Directions:
Hot Dog Flower (for 3)
Here&rsquos How: 1.1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Completely roll each hot dog in pizza dough and seal the ends. 1.2 Make 6 deep incisions in each wrapped hot dog. 1.3 Now form the hot dog roll into a circle. Fold the two end pieces over one another and push the second to last piece into the middle. 1.4 Beat the egg, brush it over the dough, and bake for 15 minutes.
Tornado Dog (for 3)
Here&rsquos How: 2.1 Preheat the oven to 350°F and skewer each hot dog. 2.2 Cut the hot dogs at an angle, turning the skewer so that the cut becomes spiral. 2.3 Now carefully slide the hot dogs apart, spreading the meat over the skewer. 2.4 Cut the pizza dough into 3 thin strips and roll them out to the length of the skewers. 2.5 Wrap the dough strips around the spiral hot dogs and bake for 15 minutes.
Hasselback Hot Dogs (for 2)
Here&rsquos How: 3.1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the hot dogs between two wooden skewers and cut them as shown in the video. The skewers will prevent the knife from cutting all the way through. 3.2 Place each Hasselback hot dog on a piece of pizza dough and cut out an oval shape around the hot dog. 3.3 Now flip the pizza dough up around the sides of the hot dog, brush ketchup over the top, and bake for 15 minutes.
Mini Hot Dog Muffins (for 6)
Here&rsquos How: 4.1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut off the ends of the hot dogs and then cut each hot dog into 3 equal pieces. 4.2 Divide the pizza dough into 6 equal pieces and form them into circles. Use a small shot glass (or something that&rsquos about the same diameter as the hot dog) to cut out the center of the dough. 4.3 Stick a hot dog piece through each dough hole and place the muffins in a greased muffin pan. Beat the egg, brush it over the dough, and bake for 15 minutes. No matter which hot dog you choose, be sure to serve them with ketchup and mustard for a true dipping experience!
10 Twists on Hot Dogs
Want an easy way to spice up your next dog? Pair this cookout staple with deli favorites! Top with egg salad, a few dollops of pickle relish and freshly cracked pepper.
Easy peasy: Spread with cream cheese, then top with grilled onions and sliced jalapenos.
It might not be Cinco de Mayo, but that doesn&apost mean you can&apost have a fiesta in your bun! Sprinkle with shredded cheddar melt. Top with guac, pickled jalapenos and crumbled tortilla chips.
Craving a little Italian flavor? Spread your dog with a blend of mayo and pesto. Top with fresh basil, chopped tomatoes and grated parmesan.
Pastrami Reuben Dog
Who says you can&apost blend two classic recipes into one? Wrap the dog in pastrami. Layer on a lice of Swiss melt. Top with sauerkraut and thousand island dressing.
In a Pickle Dog
Make the pickle the star of your meal instead of an after-thought. Top with pickle relish, cucumber wedges and dill pickle wedges. Sprinkle with celery salt.
Pimento Cheese Dog
Cheese and crackers are to hot dogs as peanut butter and jelly are to bread -- at least in this recipe! Spread with store-bought pimento cheese, then sprinkle with crushed buttery crackers, such as Ritz.
Hummus Deluxe Dog
Give your dog a Greek makeover. Spread with hummus, then top with sliced roasted red peppers. Sprinkle with paprika.
Throw all the perfect pairings of buffalo chicken wings on this bad boy -- trust us, you won&apost regret it. Just toss finely chopped celery and carrots in hot sauce. Spoon onto the dog top with blue cheese crumbles.
French Onion Dog
Make a fancy dog that won&apost empty your wallet. Top with caramelized onions and shredded gruyere melt. Sprinkle with chopped fresh thyme.
A.1. Steak Sauce
Frankly, we think of hot dog recipes as being the “little black dress” of the food world. They’re perfect straight off the grill on the 4th of July menu. Or they can be “haute dogs,” decked out with cheese, beans, chili and more. Which one of these hot dog recipes would your friends and family enjoy?
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Hot dog chili
- 1 can of spicy chili beans in sauce
- 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 large can of diced tomatoes
- 1 package of taco seasoning mix
- 4 to 6 hot dogs
- Jack cheese, sour cream, avocado (optional)
- Pour first 4 ingredients into a pan add taco seasoning and mix well bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Slice hot dogs into 1/2-inch pieces add to chili reduce the heat to warm and let simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve over a toasted New England hot dog roll and top with any or all of the optional toppings.
Note: For an over-the-top treat, put the roll topped with chili and cheese in the oven for a few minutes to let the cheese melt.