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Heavenly Haute Dogs

Thes hot dogs are intensely flavored and texturally layered to create a perfect and seriously tasty bite. Even if you think you don’t like hot dogs, I challenge you to try them; I bet I can change your mind and your taste buds.

Ingredients

Scale

Hot Dog and Buns

Relish Salad

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 small seedless Persian cucumber, skin on, small diced
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced peperoncini
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish (try making your own as described in this post)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper

Condiments

  • Cornichons (small pickled gherkins-i.e. tiny little pickles)
  • Jalapeño yellow mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Sauerkraut (optional)
  • Butter, Mayo or Olive Oil (to grill buns)

Instructions

Relish Salad

  1. In a bowl, place all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Toss and set aside.

Hot Dog and Buns

  1. Make diagonal cuts half way through and and 1/2″ apart along one side of each dog, (take care not to cut all the way through).
  2. Mix the barbecue and Worcestershire sauces and marinate the dogs about 1/2 hour, longer if possible.
  3. Grill the dogs over medium heat on all sides, until they blossom and begin to char, baste with remaining marinade, remove and set aside.
  4. Just before assembly, cut each bun, brush lightly with butter, mayo or olive oil and lightly grill cut side down until lightly charred.

Assembly

  1. Spread Jalapeño yellow mustard on one side of the bun and Ketchup on the other. Pile relish salad on the bottom bun, top with a hot dog and top bun. Insert a long pick through a Cornichon and place in the middle of each Heavenly Hot Dog and serve.

Notes

The relish salad is packed full of flavor and tang but hot dog purist may want to add Sauerkraut anyway, so serve some on the side.

Mustard: Spicy is in, so try a little Amen Wardy Jalapeño cilantro, yellow mustard.

Sweet Relish: I recently ran out of sweet relish, but I did have some dill pickles and Amen Wardy, Spicy Sweet Jalapeños in the fridge. Hence, I took two giant pickles and a heaping spoonful of Jalapeños and put them in a food processor, and to my surprise, I created the best “Sweet Pickle Relish” I’ve ever had.

Both items available at Amen Wardy in Aspen CO 970-920-7700 and soon on our online shop.