- Stephen Tait May 26, 2001 04:39 PM
What type of fillings do Americans put in there dog apart from Ketchup, Mustard and Saurkraut and is there such a thing as a gourmet hot dog?
Here is the midwesst don't always see sauerkraut, ketchup/mustard/relish are staples as are chopped onions for those wanting more kick. Chili is always very popular--Detroit has really first-class coney island--sauce is spicy in a chili sauce with very finely ground beef. Chili dogs are ubiquitous anywhere dogs are sold. "Gourmet" dogs probably refer to the quality of the hotdog --all- beef/kosher. Well regarded brands are Koegel's and of course the popular Ball Park.
re: Stephen Tait
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while this discussion will probably move to general topics before too long...
suggesting ketchup on a dog is like suggesting, oh, i don't know....pineapple on pizza. it's a no-no for any serious dog aficionado.
i'm usually a mustard only guy. sometimes onions, sometimes chili (if i trust the place's version thereof). for some reason, i've never cared for sauerkraut on a hotdog, though i do love it with kielbasa.
here in queens, there are a lot of south/central american luncheonettes/snack stands that serve interesting takes on the dog, identified, variously as "Colombian" or "Ecuadorian." key ingredients include raw onion, a sweetish dressing somewhere between russian and thousand island and to top it off, crushed potato chips. takes some getting used to, but can be very, very addictive.
Yers ago, I had a friend with an apartment on West West 54th (more or less). Her sixth-floor walkup faced the back court, which was the home port for a huge fleet of grubby hot dog vendor wagons.
Each morning, long before the sun was up, the most horrific stench would waft and seethe its way up the fire escape-a fetid odor that could kill you in your sleep, just by power of suggestion.
The source of this hazmat: 50 lb sacks of stinking, squishy-rotten onions were being chopped and mixed with god-knows-what to make that famous onion relish, to give a NYC hot dog that "je ne sais quoi".
Oh yes, there is a truly urban Urban Legend in NY: if you eat a hot dog and don't drink down a coke with it, you'll explode. I've never dared to test this one.
Theres a variant sometimes called a Coney Island hot dog topped with mustard , chopped onions and a ground meat sauce ( looks like coffee grounds ). I have no idea what was in the sauce but the combination was great.