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ISO: Unique Hot Dog Toppings

For the past 10 summers I have held an annual BBQ which I've dubbed: WienerFest.

It's all tubular meat, all day. Hot dogs, sausages, brats, etc.

I supply various interesting mustards and condiments, but usually the toppings are just relish, onions and sauerkraut.

This year I've decided to add a toppings bar and this is where you come in.

I'd love some suggestions for interesting/unique/favorite wiener toppers.

Okay, have at it!

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  1. interesting choices... purists will not approve:
    Sundried Tomatoes
    Potato Chips
    Sauteed Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions
    Yellow Pepper Relish
    Beer and Cheese Mustard Sauce
    Jerk Seasoned Plantains
    my ex liked cottage cheese...

    1. I love a little mozzarella cheese with giardiniera or a hot pepper relish.

      1. Excellent idea for a party - and it just might inspire the menu for my eldest daughter's upcoming birthday. Lots of ideas based on local hotdog places that go beyond the usual --my personal favorite(and guilty pleasure) is the PBJ Captain Crunch dog from Tubby dog http://www.tubbydog.com/menu-2/ I'd try and explain Japadog but it may be easier to check out their menu: http://www.japadog.com/menu/index.html

        1. Let's take unique and raise it to the Nth degree, shall we?

          - Foie gras
          - Caviar
          - ChicharrĂ³n
          - Chinese pork floss
          - Truffle shavings
          - Huitlacoche
          - Anchovies
          - Nopales

          1. I have a friend who always puts diced pineapple and sliced jalapenos on his. I haven't been brave enough to give that combo a try but other people who have swear it is delicious. Food Network Magazine recently featured a Polynesian hotdog with hoisin sauce, pineapple, and scallions.

            Actually, in the June 2011 issue they have a whole section on "international hotdogs" that suggests the following condiment/topping combos:

            Greek Hotdog: Tzatziki, cucumber, and kalamata olives
            Korean Hotdog: Asian mustard, kimchi, red onion
            Swedish Hotdog: Lingonberry jam, caramelized onions, gravy
            German Hotdog: German mustard, sauerkraut, crushed pretzels
            Mexican Hotdog: Chipotle mayo, cotija cheese, avocado
            Spanish Hotdog: Pimiento cheese spread, serrano ham, manchengo cheese
            Thai Hotdog: Peanut sauce, shredded carrot, cilantro
            American Hotdog: BBQ sauce, pulled pork, coleslaw
            Japanese Hotdog: Wasabi mayo, Asian snack mix, pickled ginger

            Not sure how tasty some of those combos are....but hey, you asked for "unique"!

            The condiments section lists several types of homemade mayo, jerk ketchup, corn tomato relish, summer fruit relish, dill mustard, stout mustard, (ok, lots of mustards), avocado-chile spread, jalapeno tartar sauce...the list goes on and on.

            Good luck :)

            1. we love caramilzed onions
              sweet potato mustard is to die for http://www.jackscosmicdogs.com/cool.asp
              blue cheese slaw
              hot dog chili
              onion relish
              chow chow
              pickled green tomayoes
              pickled okra

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              1. re: LaLa

                Sweet Potato Mustard sounds amazing! I wish there was a recipe for it.

              2. Two of the more popular Hot Dog Joints in Norther New Jersey, and featured in many food television shows, are Rutt's Hut and Johnny $ Hanges:



                Each have a very unique and exclusive relish topping to call their own:

                * Rutt's Hut relish is mustard based and made of Cabbage & Carrots with a hint of sweetness.

                * Johnny & Hange's has hot cherry pepper confetti(green & red) relish.

                I enjoy both on either hot dogs or hamburgers. The cherry pepper relish is also great on hero sandwiches.

                1. Nice suggestions all!

                  Today I went to my local 99 cent store and bought six bottles of dijon mustard. Now I'm going to do some "Condiment Hacking."

                  I was thinking Horseradish Dill... Pineapple Ginger... Caramelized Onion with Caraway seeds... And I'm still working on the others.

                  I was going to make my own mustard, but for 99 cents it was easier/cheaper this way.

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                  1. re: Jennalynn

                    Mustard is only .99 at the grocery store too, and I've seen Alton Brown using the same old store brand mustard as me so it must be pretty good!

                    By the way it's not as exciting as some of these suggestions but I like spicy ketchup- ketchup with sriracha basically. Yum!

                    1. re: iheartcooking

                      I bought Curry Ketchup.

                      But honestly, I don't trust people who put ketchup on hot dogs. Even if they are my invited guest s ; )

                  2. Bacon & mango salsa - Hawaiian dog!

                    1. Very good on dogs, brats, or kielbasa:

                      Bacon-Curry Cole Slaw

                      apricot mustard

                      pickapeppa sauce

                      mango chutney

                      smoky horseradish sauce like Woeber's Sandwich Pal

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                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                        Bacon Curry Cole Slaw! Sounds fabulous. And we'll have some lamb sausages I think will be great with that!

                      2. GOOD IDEA!

                        Siracha sauce, or various hot sauces
                        sweet corn salad

                        1. smoked oysters and finely diced red onion

                          1. My mexican version of a chili dog has a topping of chorizo with a sauteed onion and poblano pepper..

                            Chimichurri on brats works nicely.

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                            1. re: Veggo

                              I know you have an oft raved about recipe for Chimichurri and I know you've posted it before but I can't seem to find it. Don't suppose you have a link handy?

                              1. re: maplesugar

                                1 bunch flat leaf parsley (I de-stem)
                                6 cloves garlic, peeled
                                1/2 cup OO
                                1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
                                2 TBSP lime juice
                                1/2 tsp cayenne
                                1/2 tsp black pepper
                                1/2 tsp salt
                                I whack the garlic in my Handy Little chopper, stuff in all the leaves, then the other ingredients, then whack it again. If you refrigerate it, take it out about 30 minutesbefore use.

                            2. Don't forget onion relish and corn relish, both of which are available in supermarkets if you don't want to try your hand at making them. Oh, and coleslaw, which is a popular topping in some areas.

                              1. In 1986, Hebrew National Kosher Foods of New York conducted a survey of hot dogs and toppings:

                                Mustard was the most popular hot dog topping; 87.6 percent reported they used it regularly. Runners-up included sauerkraut, 51.4 percent; relish, 37.8 percent; onions, 29.4 percent; ketchup, 29.1 percent; cheese, 22.3 percent; and chili, 19.3 percent. But there are other hot dog toppings as well, the survey showed. Among them: cole slaw, peanut butter, mayonnaise, horseradish, and maple syrup. Fewer than half had ever eaten a hot dog without any topping, but 2.8 percent always eat them plain. - according to a newspaper article in Google newspaper archive.

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                                1. re: Antilope

                                  Bacon, celery salt, cheese, chili,coleslaw, chopped zucchini, corn relish, crushed pineapple, guacamole, jalapenos, ketchup, mashed barbecued beans, mayonnaise, mustard, olives, onions, sweet onion relish, pickles, potato chips-crushed, refried beans, relish, sauerkraut, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, chinese hot mustard, sweet and sour sauce, bean sprouts.

                                2. I like a Cole slaw that draws on some of the others...cabbage, mayo, cider vinegar, and sriracha.

                                  1. Check out some of the toppings available at Japadog in Vancouver, best hot dog I've ever eaten. Sadly, the online menu is incomplete, but interesting:

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                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                      I actually have all the ingredients to make the "Okonomi" right now. May have to give it a preview.

                                      1. re: Jennalynn

                                        You must have a nicely stocked kitchen! I hope you'll let me know how it turns out if you try it.

                                    2. Here you go - Around the world in 80 dogs from BonAppetit in 2009.