Best known as an easy summer snack available at North American sporting venues and backyard barbecues, hot dogs are largely ignored among elite gastronomic circles. This may be for good reason, as any food whose most notable accompaniments are ketchup and mustard is bound to take a beating from the master chefs. With a little creativity, however, a frank can be turned into a handheld culinary masterpiece.
To help you get more out of your next dog, we’ve rounded up four ingenious condiment combinations that are bound to have you barking for more!
This sushi-inspired hot dog utilizes wasabi mayo, teriyaki sauce (of the thicker variety) and dried seaweed for a snack that truly is ‘East meets West.’ While teriyaki sauce and dried seaweed should be readily available at most grocery stores in the PRD, wasabi mayo may require some basic kitchen work. A standard recipe requires mixing two tablespoons of wasabi powder with one and a half tablespoons of water before blending it with a half cup of mayonnaise. Alternatively, just mix the mayo with leftover packs of wasabi from your last sushi takeout order.
The Ranch Dog
Although more commonly associated with salads, ranch dressing is a delicious addition to a number of other foods including – you guessed it – hot dogs! This dog calls for ranch sauce, potato chips of your choice (though we recommend Tyrrell’s Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar), shredded iceberg lettuce, chives and diced jalapeno peppers. Bold on taste and with a cheeky spicy side, this hot dog is guaranteed to reward both your stomach and taste buds for the effort.
Arriba! This Latin American hand-cannon utilizes all your favorite Mexican condiments – which, luckily for you, hungry reader, are all available via online grocers or foreign food stores across the PRD. Start by slapping on a few wedges of ripe avocado and diced onions before smothering your dog in salsa, shredded Mexican cheese and hot sauce to taste.
The Breakfast Dog
Who said hot dogs can’t find a place at the breakfast table? This sweet, savory snack is one of our favorites and is incredibly easy to make at home. Begin by frying an egg, leaving the yoke to your preferred runniness. Next, stack on some bacon, chopped chives and a hearty dose of maple syrup. While this dog may sound more suited for a post-hockey practice snack on a cool Canadian day, we believe it also has a place in our region’s humid environment – mainly to take the edge of that Sunday morning hangover.
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