Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Hot dog toppings that hit it outta the park

From the top: Fugetaboutit Dog (sauteed peppers -- red and green -- onions and garlic stewed with diced tomatoes); Southwest Dog (wrapped in bacon and grilled; topped with pinto beans, tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro); and Reuben Dog (sauerkraut heated with caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and dill-pickle chips). SHNS photo

SH13D038HOTDOGTOPPINGS April 9, 2013 -- From the top: Fugetaboutit Dog (sauteed peppers -- red and green -- onions and garlic stewed with diced tomatoes); Southwest Dog (wrapped in bacon and grilled; topped with pinto beans, tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro); and Reuben Dog (sauerkraut heated with caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and dill-pickle chips). (SHNS photo by Patty Yablonski / Tampa Bay Times)

By Janet K. Keeler

At its essence, a hot dog is just a mild sausage in a bun. Nothing terribly complicated about that, until geographic preferences are considered, some so strong that they might bring dissenters to blows.

A Jersey dog is deep-fried and piled with fried potatoes. In Cincinnati, they like them dripping with thin, spicy chili without beans. Chicagoans pile on the toppings — mustard, sweet-pickle relish, onion, tomato, pickled sport peppers (hot yellow chilies), celery salt and a dill-pickle spear on a poppy-seed roll — and hope they don’t tumble out and down the front of their shirts. Out West, just about anything goes, including nacho cheese and avocado.

We are thinking about hot dogs because baseball season is now in full swing. Our Pavlovian response to the crack of the bat is a hot dog piled with toppings, a cold beer and peanuts.

Besides the toppings, many people are loyal to a brand, and among the most popular are Nathan’s, Oscar Mayer, Hebrew National, Ball Park and Vienna. It’s such a beloved treat that even non-meat eaters have demanded vegetarian varieties, often called “tofu pups.”

There are a number of ways to cook them, including boiling, steaming, pan-frying and even microwaving. Each enhances the flavor in a different way. Grilling leaves those appealing char-stripes, and that’s the preparation method we are recommending today to go with some innovative topping ideas.

So how about it, slugger? Ready to trade your relish for pickled jalapeno? Or transform your sauerkraut dog into a Reuben on a bun by adding Swiss cheese and Thousand Island? Remember, if you want the cheese to melt, shred it finely and place it on top of the hot dog as soon as it comes from the grill or melt it on the bun under the broiler or on a closed grill.

The drippier the toppings, the sturdier the bun needs to be.

The dogs
Here are some ideas, inspired by foodnetwork.com and other Internet recipe sites, to get you started:

Southwest Dog: Wrapped in bacon and grilled; topped with pinto beans, tomato, onion, avocado and cilantro.

Reuben Dog: Sauerkraut heated with caraway seeds, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and dill-pickle chips.

Fugetaboutit Dog: Sauteed peppers (red and green), onions and garlic stewed with diced tomatoes.

Cuban Dog: Swiss cheese, mustard and dill pickles.

Crunchy-Corn Dog: Chili beans, shredded cheddar, pickled jalapenos and crushed Fritos.

Far-East Dog: Brush with hoisin or plum sauce before grilling. Garnish with sliced cucumbers, scallions, cilantro and more sauce.

Guacamole Dog: Guacamole, sour cream, diced tomatoes and onions.

BBQ Dog: Brush dogs with barbecue sauce before grilling, then top with coleslaw.

Real Hot Dog: Shredded jalapeno jack cheese and sliced pickled jalapenos.

Skinny Dog: Turkey dog or tofu pup with mustard, ketchup and dill-pickle relish. Whole-wheat bun, of course.

Onion Dog: Saute 1 sliced onion in vegetable oil; add 3 tablespoons ketchup, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1-1/2 cups water, and cayenne and paprika; simmer until thick.

Philly Cheesesteak Dog: Melted cheese (Velveeta!), sauteed peppers and onions and a dash of hot sauce.

— Tampa Bay Times

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