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Gourmet hot dogs

 In Lunch, Meat, Recipes, Snacks

Gourmet Hot dogs

Today I am pretending I’m American because today is National Hot Dog Day in America and hot damn, I love me a good hot dog. The soft, almost-sweet roll, a good sausage with that proper ‘snap’ and delicious condiments. What’s not to love?

To celebrate this delicious day, I made my 3 favourite hot dogs with an array of different condiments and toppings. Each one of them is delicious in their own right but I have to be honest, my ultimate hot dog involves a bit of everything. Good mayo, mustard, corn salsa and pickled jalapeños. Grief, I’m drooling already.

Classic hot dog with fried onions and mustard-mayo

This is my take on a classic dog. Mustard-mayo made from my favourite mayonnaise, Hellman’s, and a good wholegrain mustard. Along with that I added sweet, fried onions and a squeeze of tomato sauce (ketchup).

Classic hot dog with mayo-mustard and fried onions
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Recipe type: Hot dogs, lunch
for the caramelised onions
  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
for the mustard-mayo
  • 4-6 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • squeeze of lemon juice
to serve
  • Hot dog buns, halved and toasted
  • Sausages of your choice
  • Ketchup
  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat then fry the onions in the oil until soft and golden brown. Season to taste and set aside.
  2. Combine the mayo and mustard in a small bowl and add the lemon juice. Stir well.
  3. Top each hot dog with a generous dollop of the mustard-mayo, a spoonful of the onions and a drizzle of ketchup.

Hot dog with corn salsa & sour cream drizzle

This corn salsa. You guys, I would walk barefoot for miles to get to this salsa. I wrote all about my love of roasted corn in my Roasted sweet corn & feta quiche post so I won’t ramble on about it here again but seriously, a hot dog with some of this salsa and a drizzle of smoky sour cream drizzle? Yes please!

Corn salsa & sour cream drizzle hot dog
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Recipe type: Hot dogs, lunch
for the corn salsa
  • 4 ears of corn, grilled
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • small handful parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the sour cream drizzle
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste
to serve
  • Hot dog buns, halved and toasted
  • sausages of your choice
  1. To make the corn salsa, cut the kernels off of each cob and place in a bowl.
  2. Add the onion, chilli and parsley then drizzle over the lemon juice and olive oil and mix well. Season to taste then set aside.
  3. To make the sour cream drizzle, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. To serve, add a generous spoonful of the corn salsa to each hot dog and finish with a drizzle of the sour cream.
  5. Serve immediately.

Hot dog with pickled jalapeños and salsa

And finally, we have a hot dog made from a whole lot of goodies you can find at any good supermarket. Of course you can make your own salsa but I have found that there are excellent salsas available at most supermarkets so why bother? Add a few pickled jalapeños and some micro herbs and you have a fantastic hot dog!

Hot dog with pickled jalapeños and salsa
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Recipe type: Hot dogs, lunch
  • Good quality store-bought salsa
  • pickled jalapeños
  • hot dog buns, halved and toasted
  • sausages of your choice
  • mayonnaise (optional)
  • microherbs
  1. Spread a little mayonnaise on each hot dog bun then top with a sausage, pickled jalapeños and a generous spoonful of salsa.
  2. Finish with the micro herbs and serve.
This is a really great way of entertaining as well. I often do “DIY-stations” with loads of condiments/toppings which results in a really laid-back, casual gathering which is all I want my parties to be. Are there any toppings you absolutely have to have on your hot dogs? Which ones do you think I should be trying on my next one?




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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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