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New & Exciting things to put on a hot dog

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There is nothing better than a dog and I have eaten many. I have become a little tired of the standard toppings that go on hot dogs. I am not looking for toppings that are found in hot dog stands unless they can be produced at home. What are your hot dog topping fetishs? Or is that Fetishi.

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  1. I spoon baked beans onto mine, usually with Gulden's and grill-sauteed onions.

    You could maybe try a pizza dog- tomato sauce, mozzerella and possibly pancetta? Would be same concept as chili-cheese dog w/bacon...
    I haven't tried it, but if you're game let us know how it comes out.

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      Amarone Jones

      Sirracha and tartar sauce washed down with Mt Dew

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      1. re: Amarone Jones

        Oh wow. That sounds GOOD. I'll have to try that. I just recently got hooked on that Sriracha sauce. That stuff is great on just about everything.

      2. When I was growing up, we had a cart in town manned by "Angelo the Hot Dog King". My favorite was a chili dog, and I have seen the chili stuff in cans...but not often. It is refried beans,cheese, chopped onions and ground beef. Thinned with broth, and seasoned with chili powder and cumin. Yummm.

        1. Make macaroni and cheese preferably with Velveeata and stir in bacon. Top dog with this concoction.

          1. Feta cheese and Kalamata olives.

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              David in Olympia, WA

              This isn't really new or exciting, but it is good. I like to stick potato chips between the dog and the bun and then dress as you normally would. I love the different texture.

              1. Undoubtedly, horseradish.

                And maybe coleslaw.

                1. Mango chutney, preferably a spicy one imported from India.

                  1. Various Baor's Head relishes, or Inglehoffer's mustard. Inglehoffer's comes in a lot of flavors-- the lemon/caper/dill is my current favorite-- and it is oil-based which makes it taste very rich.

                    1. I, too, like nothing better than a hot dog. In fact, it's my favorite thing in the world to eat. I've sampled many quality dogs and been to numerous hot dog restaurants. A good hot dog should be enjoyed with just mustard. That way you can really taste and appreciate the quality of an exceptional frankfurter. If you load up the dog with too much stuff, you might as well buy cheap hot dogs because it's hard to tell the difference. I'm fortunate to live in North Jersey where we have access to quality hot dogs. Plus I send away for Usinger's beef franks, which is one of the finest, if not finest beef franks there is. Thumann's from Jersey is the best beef and pork dog hands down. There are many fine franks including Liehs and Steigerwald (Syracuse), Boars Head, Best's, Sabrett, Schickhaus, and others, that are best, in my opinion, with just mustard. They don't need anything else. That said, on the rare occasion that I feel like adding something, I get the unique relish from Rutts Hut or the beanless chili (or "all the way sauce") from The Hot Grill. These toppings go well with the dogs used at these places which are intentionally milder than other dogs whose focus is on the frank itself.

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                      1. re: John Fox

                        I really like the deep fried Thuman's pork/ beef dogs as well. I found that they have as much of a 'sausage' thing going on as they have a 'frankfurter' thing, so I started topping mine with mustard, peppers and onions (sauteed). It's a great combo.

                        For the all beefs I try to stick with a quality mustard, maybe a horseradish mustard, and hot sauce.

                        1. re: John Fox

                          Damn! You had to mention R**ts H*t. Now I'm salivating all over my keyboard.

                          1. re: John Fox

                            I am from New Jersey as well, but having lived in the Midwest and now California, I can tell you that the "mustard only" way of eating food is definitely a "back east" phenomenon. Although my tastes have adjusted, I still very much enjoy my hot dogs with just mustard and pizza with just cheese for the same reasons as you. But in the midwest, if you order a cheese pizza, they look at you like you're crazy, as if you're ordering a hamburger, bun only.

                            Mr. Taster

                            1. re: John Fox

                              I am of the mustard-only set, and agree with Jon Fox on the virtues of enjoying the frankfurter with minimal accompaniment. Just enough mustard -- I actually like all different types (Dijon, brown, country-style, etc) of mustards on 'dogs, but for me the ultimate will always be French's plain old regular yellow mustard. Also, spread on the bun rather than squirted along the hotdog itself.

                              My variation is actually only to enhance the flavor of the overall dog. On a steamed bun (I prefer steamed to toasted, but toasted is good too, and definitely preferable to a cold bun), I first spread a thin, even layer of butter (any good salted butter, but unsalted works fine too) over all the interior surface of the bun. I follow with a similar thin layer of the yellow mustard. I add the grilled (preferred) or steamed (which is also good) dog and then eat.

                              My preference is Hebrew National beef franks.

                              What a fantastic food. Other toppings are nice, too, but to me they obscure the full flavor of a fine 'dog. Also, they don't exactly go with the premier accompaniment to a hotdog, a cold beer. I've never found peppers and tomatoes and celery salt to go really well with beer.

                              (Note -- I did live in Chicago for five years and have tasted the real-thing Vienna beef Chicago hotdogs, both from vendors at the ballpark and it fine Chicago homes. I realize this as a unique local delicacy -- it's just not my taste. But Chicago pizza -- well... that's another thread).

                              Love hearing about other's dog toppings -- keep them coming!

                            2. Chopped pineapple might work well. Make sure it is dry so it won't soak the bread.

                              1. Make chili dogs, and finish them off in the oven until the cheese melts and buns are toasty.

                                Top with Onions, Relish, Mustard.

                                Rings on the side.

                                1. my favorite is a pearl hot dog, with howards piccalilli and mustard. of course, the dog must be grilled, and served on a toasted roll. and the roll must open on the top!!( not sure if that is called a frankfurt roll, or a hot dog roll)

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                                    formerly grueldelux


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                                      1. re: formerly grueldelux

                                        My wife's father makes his own kimchi style cucumber/pickle spears, which I often put on my dog, (when he has enough on hand for his own use and gives us a jar or two...oh happy day)

                                        1. re: formerly grueldelux
                                          Steve from Rhinebeck

                                          now THAT'S a good idea! Thanks Grueldelux, I'm trying it tonight.

                                          1. as a chicagoan, i feel the need to say that hot dogs, unlike probably any other food, should be topped only one way -- with mustard, pickle relish, chopped onion, fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.

                                            the celery salt is key.

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                                            1. re: foo d

                                              You had me until the fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers.

                                              1. re: MidtownCoog

                                                ...junk on a good dawg - kills the flavor completely. I prefer either just brown mustard and perhaps grilled onions, or a beanless chili and some shredded cheese. All that extraneous garden produce is just swell on a burger, but a dawg? Yick!

                                                1. re: peg

                                                  a really good beanless chili is made from the soft chirizo taken out of the casing and mixed with equal parts cream cheese. Good on London Broil, too.

                                              2. re: foo d

                                                You had me until the fresh tomato, a pickle spear, sport peppers.

                                                1. re: foo d

                                                  As an east coaster, you had me until "chicagoan" ;-)

                                                  Mr. Taster

                                                2. Mustard, relish and potato salad...topped with a dash of celery salt.

                                                  1. After visiting Cincinnati with work, I gotta say the best way to have a hotdog is a "Cheese Coney with Mustard." A hotdog with cincinnati chili, mustard, chopped onions, and finely shredded cheese. Add some hot sauce on top, and I cant think of any other way to eat it.

                                                    1. My step father used to make homemade jarred bell peppers in oil. I loved these on my hot dogs!

                                                      Another favorite, which I'm shocked that it hasn't been mentioned, is to wrap the dogs in crescent rolls, smear with mustard and bake according to the crescent roll instructions. Cheese is good in this, too, but I find that it messes with the roll texture a bit.

                                                      1. Wagyu/kobe beef chili, fois gras, truffles and buluga caviar.

                                                        1. Homemade pico de gallo and a swipe of a nice brown mustard.

                                                          1. I think this is pretty disgusting but...my husband loves to put the sauce from leftover chicken tikka masala on his dog.

                                                            1. Not too new or exciting but I like brown mustard and sauerkraut. Also mustard, beanless chili and chopped sweet onions. D.

                                                              1. In northern New York state, Clinton County to be exact, there is a chili dog that is indiginious to that area and is unlike any others found elsewhere in the US. It is called a Michigan (I don't kbnow why) or a Michigan Red Hot or just a Red Hot. It is a very dense dryish meat sauce and the bun is a split top. New England style roll. Toppings are yellow mustard and chopped onions. If you want the onions on the bottor of the roll you ask for one buried. Those of us who have moved away from the area crave them and they are usually a first stop when returning "home".

                                                                My other favorite condiment on hot dogs is mayonnaise. My family is Southern and we put mayo on a lot of stuff. Not Miracle Whip!

                                                                1. All beef hot dog on a sturdy bun, with chopped onion and pickled jalapeƱo peppers--the kind that go on nachos.

                                                                  Or...wrapped with bacon and grilled, cheese melted on top and scattered with chopped onion/pickled jalapeƱos/catsup.

                                                                  Hot dogs (*salchichas*) are incredibly popular here in Mexico, where vendors set up grill stands in town plazas late in the afternoon and the smell of cooking dogs tempts gently in the evening air.

                                                                  1. Make a Francheezie. A hot dog with a pocket split down
                                                                    the center,stuffed with cheese,wrapped in bacon and deep fried! Yum!

                                                                    1. f
                                                                      formerly grueldelux

                                                                      "Hot dogs in Brazil are always offered with a dazzling array of condiments including various dressings, boiled quail eggs, peas, corn, olives and crunchy potato straw."

                                                                      Isn't that interesting? Just found it googling around. Can anyone speak from experience about hot dogs in Brazil?

                                                                      Also I found (and subsequently lost) a reference to hot dogs in Chile, the "completa" being loaded with a bunch of the standard american toppings plus a final dollop of mashed avocado.

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                                                                      1. re: formerly grueldelux

                                                                        My friend from Chile made me a hot dog the way they sell them on the street there, and it had so many toppings I can't remember them all, but I do remember mayonaisse and guacamole.

                                                                        1. re: formerly grueldelux

                                                                          I know in some Latin American countries you can get hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried. They're very tasty.

                                                                        2. Dixie Land Chow Chow is also good on top. But the mustard you use can make or break it.

                                                                          1. j
                                                                            JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                                                            You thought Chicago-style was a laundry list of toppings... Down in Tucson, there is a little place called BK that serves up some unusually topped (and unusually delicious) hot dogs. Start out by wrapping the dog with a strip or two of (cooked) bacon, put it in the bun, then top it with chopped tomatoes, chopped raw onion, grilled onion, cold pinto beans (not refried!), mayo, mustard, and jalapeno sauce (or whatever hot sauce you have handy).

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                                                                            1. With me it is just grilled dog, slice of grilled bacon, and mustard.
                                                                              The only dogs I will eat anymore are Best Kosher Dinner Franks. I can only get these at Sams. I don't have a membership, but I get a guest pass every now and then. I'm going this weekend. If I stock up, how long will they stay good in the freezer?

                                                                              1. vegetarian baked beans.

                                                                                pork and beans and cheddar cheese.

                                                                                1. try this spicy slaw from Haiti. terrific


                                                                                  Or try some chow chow

                                                                                  1. mayo, grilled swiss cheese, and grilled mushrooms

                                                                                    1. I've taken to using kochujang on hot dogs lately

                                                                                      1. melted marshmellow, peanut butter and hot fuge... try it nothing like it, awesome!

                                                                                        1. Had dawgs last night. Nathan's franks simmered in Fredericksburg Farms barbecue sauce and topped with thinly sliced Best Maid baby dill pickels. Very good, but the BBQ sauce was a bit sweet. I think a more hot and savory BBQ sauce works better on dawgs.

                                                                                          1. I've never tried this myself, but I have a friend of mine from Chile, and he says down there they like to put guacamole and sour cream on their hot dogs.

                                                                                            1. I agree with Amarone, Sirracha is great on dogs, also try Kim chi

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                                                                                              1. re: mmalmad

                                                                                                i always loved a rueben dog,with kraut,swiss cheese and mustard.

                                                                                              2. Chopped pineapple, drained sauerkraut, and melted swiss cheese. It sounds like something de debbil created, but it's just soooo gooood, and a spoonful of good chili doesn't hurt it one bit.

                                                                                                1. Peter's Drive-in in Kansas City, Kansas operated in the 50's and 60's. They served killer chili cheese dogs. The bun was a two inch slice of French/Italian bread with a pocket cut in the middle. The pocket was filled with a hot dog, beanless american chili, grated cheddar cheese and, if wanted, finely diced white onion. The outside edges of the bun was then buttered and grilled to a golden brown. Many other drive-ins of the time served footlong chilidogs topped with yellow mustard, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, and diced onion. Delicious memories.

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                                                                                                  1. re: powillie

                                                                                                    Kansas City now has two amazing and innovative hot dog places.

                                                                                                    Dog Nuvo

                                                                                                    New York Dawg Pound

                                                                                                    Dog Nuvo has the Le Poodle: Hot dog topped with boeuf bourguignon, Brie, radishes and and chives with Pinot Noir mustard.
                                                                                                    NYDP has the Yankee Poodle: Nathan's hot dog topped with chili, cheese, and a fried egg.
                                                                                                    (I just noticed that my two favorite dogs are both called a poodle!)

                                                                                                    NYDP also has a hot dog with baked beans -- I'd never heard of that before, but it is mentioned a few times in this thread.

                                                                                                  2. I also enjoy baked beans and brown mustard on my dogs! either homemade w/brown sugar & bacon,or bushs baked beans [the best]

                                                                                                    1. My favorite hot dog toppings are guacamole and pico de gallo. Or an habanero, peach, and onion relish. I also have a few jars of picklese I made last fall, it goes really well on hot dogs, but it's even better on sausages.

                                                                                                      1. One I had today was a homemade fried hotdog with mashed avocado and sauteed onions with ketchup, but my mustard was frozen and I was too hungry to wait, so I had it like that. Another good thing to add a kick to it is chopped unsmoked bacon, fried crispy. One I would like to try is a mashed potato hotdog with brown gravy and/or barbeque sauce.