Hot dogs get a bad rap. While lots of people like to malign the tube steak, hot dog sales continue to sizzle and the humble street meat has had a gourmet makeover in many cities including Denver and Chicago and Toronto.
What are you fave hot dog toppings? I like to ‘kick it old school’ as the kids used to say: all beef dog, grilled until the skin is crunchy and ready to burst, on a soft, eggy bun with ketchup and ballpark mustard. That’s it. Mmm!
Here are some other classic and not-so-classic suggestions for the more adventurous among us:
• Canadian: wrap the dogs in a slice of bacon before grilling and then drape in Cheddar cheese before serving.
• Zen: brush dogs with soy sauce while on the grill and then serve with wasabi mayo, pickled ginger and green onions.
• Trafalgar Square Indian: top grilled dogs with mango chutney or Branston pickle.
• Normandy: slather caramelized onions all over a grilled dog and drape with a slice of double cream brie.
How do you feel about hot dogs – love ‘em or despise ‘em? Has your hot dog consumption changed in the last few years? And, if so, how?