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I need your creative ideas for hot dogs!

As a general rule, I'm not that into hot dogs. However, for some reason, my heart skips a beat for my hometown's local brand (Sahlen's--I'm a native Buffalonian) and I eat them in profusion every time I visit my parents. Every time I leave, my mom sends me home with a package of them. Thing is, they're much better on the grill (which I do not have regular access too) than they are just fried in a pan so, as a result, I have quite a few hot dogs building up in my freezer and I'm trying to find ways to use them up. Tonight I made a mean hot dog fried rice (and I could definitely see myself making it again) but I've still got a lot more hot dogs than ideas! Help me out, chowhounds!

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  1. Filipino-style Hot Dog Spaghetti. Jollibee is a fast food chain of Filipino foods.


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    1. re: letsindulge

      My version of hot dog spaghetti (pre-sauce). Pasta and hotdogs (in this case, mini chicken sausages cut in half) are cooked together, then topped with your homemade or favorite jarred sauce.

      1. re: letsindulge

        LOL. I was just watching Big Bang Theory yesterday and they had a whole episode dedicated to Spaghetti with hot dogs. According to Sheldon's mom, its a real I-talian treat.


      2. Love a hot dog taco with leafy sprouts. Either flour or corn tortillas. Even better with June Meyer's Hungarian cucumber relish atop:


        1. Make a great split pea or lentil soup and slice one of the little devils (hot) into each serving. Slice them thinly and use them as a layer in a potato/cabbage or noodle/cabbage casserole. Do you like corndogs? You could easily make those. Grind them and combine w/ minced water chestnuts, diced celery, minced ginger, a dash of soy, maybe a spot of mirin, and some finely-shredded cabbage, and use as a filling for wontons, either fried or in soup, or potstickers.

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          1. re: mamachef

            Ooh, I like the potstickers idea! The cabbage and noodles would be really good too--and they're German-style hotdogs, so even better.

          2. Next time you have guests over, slice them into quarters and wrap each in a piece of puff pastry painted with a little grainy mustard for "high-end" pigs in a blanket. Serve with a favorite dipping sauce.

            1. Franks and beans. I love them fried up with scrambled eggs.

                1. "Mexican" hot dog - wrapped in bacon & grilled.

                  1. Hot dog chip & dip

                    Slice each hot dog into dime slices and bake in a 400 degree oven for 8 mins. You wind up with a crispy chip (drain a bit on paper towel) and serve with mustard or onion dip.

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                    1. re: HillJ

                      Yowza! That sounds like a snack I would have gorged myself on in high school. Might have to try it.

                      1. re: Lady_Tenar

                        Funny you should mention high school because hot dog chip & dip was a big hit in our house while the children were growing up. They put those suckers on skewers along with pickles slices and did homework with friends over batches for years. It's definately a lovable "dirty, trashy" recipe but my kids and their comrades loved it. We always used Hebrew National hot dogs, spicy mustard, garlic pickle chips and the boxed onion dip mix.

                        Homework got knocked out quick but those kids reeked of flavors!

                    2. Brown them under a broiler in your oven until they're brown and they pop open, then wrap them in flour tortillas and fry the tortilla until it's golden brown. Brush on some mustard and wash it down with a beer.

                      1. http://www.food.com/recipe/sonoran-ho...

                        This is the works! Otherwise - slice them up thin and saute them before your sauce for spaghetti.

                        1. Layer Fritos, hot chili, sliced cooked hot dogs, shredded cheese, chopped onion and a liberal drizzle of yellow mustard in a large bowl or on a plate (sliced pickled jalapenos or diced fresh optional). Stab interlopers with your fork.

                          Corn dogs (http://www.chow.com/food-news/86856/m...)

                          1. Here are a couple of riffs on hotdog I borrowed from various food tv shows:

                            1) a Thai slawdog, the slaw made with red cabbage, onion, mint, cilantro, fresh hot chilies and dressed with a fish sauce dressing including lime, sugar, garlic, and oil

                            2) a wannabe Japadog with mayo, a green cabbage & onion slaw dressed with sushi ginger and sushi ginger brine, soy sauce, oil, and green onions, and topped with sriracha and furikake

                            I also threw some cubed hotdog into chili a few months ago, and the family loved it. :P

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                            1. re: inaplasticcup

                              That "Thai slawdog" sounds awesome. I will DEFINITELY make that. Thanks!

                              1. re: inaplasticcup

                                How bout a Korean Japadog? Kimchi + seaweed + mayo makes and awesome dog.

                                1. re: niquejim

                                  Hot dog Monte Christo
                                  So good. Seriously. We used to go to Iron Barley and get steak sandwiches for ourselves and the dog for our favorite three-year-old. Then we would steal bites of his hotdog and he would get so angry with us we had to order a Ballistic Elvis for dessert so he could have some.

                                  1. re: tonifi

                                    Cute story. It sort of reminds me of the Kraft mac n cheese commercials running lately where the kids keep busting their parents for "stealing" their mac n cheese bowls of orange goodness.

                                2. A favorite from my childhood that is still comfort food for me: Scrambled eggs with sliced up hotdogs mixed in. My mom called it "pennies and eggs". The only time I want ketchup on my eggs is this dish.

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                                  1. re: DrMag

                                    I learned a similar thing from a college friend - scrambled eggs with hot dog rounds, onion, and cheese. Sometimes eaten on bread or a bun.

                                  2. Some interesting recipe ideas on the first couple pages:


                                    1. I was just reading a cooking magazine 2 weeks ago (don't remember which one) that show cased 10 ways to "bbq hot dog heaven". all 10 different, they looked stunning.
                                      sorry I can't help you more or pull a link for you.

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                                        1. In a wok start with a little oil and cook French fry Size pieces of potato. Add onion and bell peppers. Add hot dogs, quartered lengthwise. Finish by tossing in soy sauce and ketchup...a staple when I was in school.

                                          Also in the 50s we occasionally had them split, stuffed with cheddar, wrapped in bacon, secured with toothpicks, and broiled.

                                            1. My mother used to wrap each hot dog in a slice of bacon then fry it until the bacon was done. A toothpick holds the bacon in place.

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                                              1. re: Querencia

                                                In the 50's we made Angels on Horseback with hot dogs as a Girl Scout project:
                                                or try this Aloha Dog:

                                              2. Do you have a "George Foreman" or similar countertop appliance? We have a Hamilton Beech countertop grill right now. These aren't that expensive, and might be a happy medium between the frying pan and an outdoor grill. We use ours all the time- we stayed cool on 4th of July doing our hotdogs on "The George" (even if its one of the competitors). That would put you back into having the option of regular hot dog-with mustard-slaw-chili-whatever on top...

                                                1. http://acozykitchen.com/corn-dog-tots/

                                                  Have a mini county fair in your back yard with these and some grilled corn on the cob.

                                                  1. Sliced hotdogs simmered with canned black beans is a great tasting meal. A scotch bonnet pepper is optional, of course, but greatly encouraged.

                                                    1. as a kid, i had a friend who's younger sister went through a phase where she refused to eat anything unless it had hot dogs in it... don't ask. but i remember her mom making a number of things, most with turkey dogs.

                                                      Sloppy Dogs -- sloppy joe's with cut up hot dogs
                                                      Chili Dog -- chili with cut up dogs
                                                      Tempura Dogs -- hot dog pieces dipped in batter and fried (lighter than corn dogs)
                                                      Dog Kebabs - cut and threaded with veggies
                                                      Added to soup -- Pea Soup or Navy Bean
                                                      Stuffed Peppers

                                                      1. Slice them thinly on the bias, and place them on a paper towel and nuke for about 30 seconds. Wrap in lettuce, a sprig of cilantro, and a couple basil leaves and dip into some nuoc cham. Consume and go to a happy food place.

                                                        I do this with leftover sausages, so I'm not sure what it would be like with hot dogs, but it's probably just as delicious. You can also use them in summer rolls.

                                                        1. I am from WV & we have one way to eat hot dogs. Make your own hot dog chili sauce, lots of chopped onions, mayo cole slaw, mustard( never catsup!!). Only way for hot dogs.

                                                          1. Boil them, slice them, and mix them into a prepared box of mac and cheese. Cheap, delicious, and easy quick lunch!

                                                            1. Steam them in a pot of Japanese plum wine. They'll come out with a nice glaze.

                                                              1. 1) With sauerkraut. 2) Wrap each one in a strip of bacon then fry them in a frying pan until the bacon is done.

                                                                1. I have no recipe for fancying up a hot dog, although I like mine with mustard or chili on top. But if you ever have to make a hot dog and only have hamburger buns, you can slit the dog width ways practically through in several places, place on a microwaveable plate, and micro cook. The dog will curl up and be perfect for a hamburger bun or a couple slices of bread.

                                                                  1. I'd probably make pigs in blankets, using ye old canned crescent rolls, and cutting the hot dogs in smaller pieces. If you like Bento, you can make hot dog octopi

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                                                                    1. re: joycebre

                                                                      Cassoulet of course. LOL
                                                                      Basically 'wieners and beans (and duck confite) and simmered then sauteed smoked pork jowl cut into 1/2" pieces.

                                                                    2. Penny & Potatoes

                                                                      Slice up potatoes and hot dogs and place into baking dish. Add canned milk to cover the potatoes. Add 1 large scoop of butter and bake in the oven (I usually set it to 350 or 400- just check it often) until potatoes are cooked thru and fall apart easily. I generally use at least 8 hot dogs but I tend to use more as my crew loves this meal. Last time I spiced it up by adding just as many smoked sausages to it. Easy meal that is impossible to screw up and is an instant hit.

                                                                      1. Kimichi hotdogs are wonderful

                                                                        You can make a take on a Hawaiian dog by boiling the hotdog then cutting it up and tossing it with a a guava and pineapple sauce on a kings Hawaiian sweet bun

                                                                        Terriaki Hotdog

                                                                        Hot Dog Mac&Cheese.

                                                                        1. I am sending a link along for a menu page of the The Beach Dog Cafe in City, OR. They do dogs so well. I looked at the menu for omelets and potatoes, which seem to offer similar options as the dogs. I had a great chili dog, and the hot dog itself was quite good. Perhaps there are some ideas in the menu that might be of interest.


                                                                          Also, if you have a stovetop grill pan, you can "grill" your hot dogs with ease.

                                                                          If you want to eat your hot dogs on a hamburger bun, slit them lengthwise several times most of the way through, and put them on a plat and micro. The dog will curve nicely into a circle, and be perfect for a bun.