May 27, 2017

Hot Dog Toppings

Hot Dog Toppings

In the past I’ve been hesitant to entertain in our home because I felt a constant need to reinvent the wheel. I want our guests to feel honored and blessed by the effort I put into having them over and because of this I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. It’s no wonder then, that my initial plans of having company over often ended before they even began. I just couldn’t have the house spotless, keep the kids content and conceive of and execute a new and exciting meal. Thankfully, with age also comes wisdom, and over the years, I’ve let my standards drop (in more areas than one. Ha!), which it turns out, has been a good thing.


...have a full table of toppings just waiting for your guests to go crazy with.

The older I get, the more I value relationships and time over perfection. I’ve learned slowly, but surely, that what I value needs to be reflected in my priorities. All that to say that if it’s the people I love and the time with them that matters most, that needs to take precedence over everything being picture perfect and gram-worthy, because I simply cannot do it all (at least not all the time). Which brings me to hot dogs. You heard that right.  What’s easier than hot dogs on a hot summer night? Nothing, that’s what. They feed a crowd quickly and easily, and are loved by young and old. You can keep them on hand for spontaneous drop ins, or last minute BBQs with neighbors and friends. Talk about the perfect entertaining food! As great as hot dogs are I feel like I’d be phoning it in having guests over for grilled hot dogs and just handing them bottles of ketchup and mustard, which is why the hot dog bar is one of my absolute favorite go-to’s for summertime entertaining.

If you aren’t familiar with the genius of the hot dog bar, allow me to explain: Take some great hot dogs (don’t skimp and buy subpar hot dogs if they are the star of the show. It won’t work.), grill them up beautifully, and have a full table of toppings just waiting for your guests to go crazy with. You can do one kind of dog or several, making it as simple or elaborate as your energies allow.

Some of my favorites are the Hawaiian (grilled pineapple, red onions, and teriyaki sauce), the Italian (grilled onions and bell peppers, ketchup, and pepperoncinis), the Mexican (grilled corn, cotija cheese, cilantro, and mayo), the Chicago (pickled peppers, tomatoes, mustard, tomatoes, and onions), the deli (sauerkraut, curry mustard, and everything bagel seasoning), and finally, my personal favorite, the bahn mi (sriracha mayo, jalapeno, pickled carrots, and cilantro). Sounds amazing right? They are! Serve any or all of these topping options to your guests at your next BBQ and I can promise you they will feel every bit as welcome and celebrated as if you had slaved over the stove for hours. Don’t be put off by the long list of toppings. The beauty of a hot dog bar is that you can use anything in your fridge, chop it up and instantly come up with a new flavor profile for what was once a boring hot dog. Avocados? Perfect. Sun dried tomatoes and basil? Amazing. Cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and green onion? Umm...yeah…all day long! Seriously you cannot lose here folks.

So there you have it. Stock up on some delicious, high quality hot dogs, call up some friends, knock on some neighbor’s doors, invite your folks and cousins and second cousins over, and feast on this fun take on entertaining. Grill some corn while you’re at it (as seen here) for even more customization options. And please, don’t be like my younger self and ever let intimidation stop you from hosting again. JUST DO IT.

Hot Dog Topping

Method

The Hawaiian - grilled pineapple, red onions, and teriyaki sauce

The Italian - grilled onions and bell peppers, ketchup, and pepperoncinis

The Mexican Street Corn - grilled corn, cotija cheese, cilantro, and mayo

The Chicago Dog - pickled peppers, tomatoes, mustard, and onions

The Curry Deli Dog -Sauerkraut, curry mustard, and everything bagel seasoning

The Bahn Mi - sriracha mayo, jalapeno, pickled carrots, and cilantro


ADDITIONAL TOPPING IDEAS

BBQ sauce
Chili Dog
Nacho Dog
Coleslaw
Cheese 
BLT Dog
Bacon
Buffalo/Blue Cheese

The list goes on...


1. Make

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2. Shoot

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3. Host

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