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Thursday, July 02, 2009

How Do You Dress a Hot Dog?

by Lee McKenzie

Few things are more quintessentially summer than a hot dog. Hot dog stands appear in parks and on street corners, and they’re definitely a picnic staple, especially if children are included.

There are standard wieners, smokies, foot-longs, turkey dogs, and tofu dogs, to name a few. They can be boiled, broiled, grilled, dipped in corn batter and deep fried, or roasted on a stick over a campfire. Most of us are willing to sample at least one, no matter what kind of hot dog it is or how it’s been cooked. It’s how we eat them that’s important.

I like mine with mustard. That’s it. Nothing else. Preferably hot mustard. No ketchup for me, thanks, and I’ll pass on the relish.

How do you dress your hot dog? Do you prefer one condiment? The works? Maybe some chopped onion? Or what about one of the more unusual hot dog fixings, like chili, Cheez Whiz or sauerkraut? What’s the weirdest thing you or someone you know has put on a hot dog?

Will hot dogs be part of your Fourth of July celebration this weekend? If so, I hope they’re just the way you like them!

Until next time,


Lee McKenzie writes light-hearted love stories for Harlequin American Romance. Her next book (working title—Wanted: One Mommy) has a tentative release date in early 2010. Tomorrow on her blog, The Writer Side of Life, she'll be sharing one of her favorite summer recipes for sangria. Please drop by!

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At 8:58 AM, Blogger Marin Thomas said...

Lee--I like chili-cheese dogs. The messier the better :-) If that's not available ketchup only will do.

Samantha's Cowboy (Aug 2009)

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Marin, I've tried chili dogs and cheese dogs, but never the two together. It certainly does sound messy ;)

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

Chili cheese dogs rock! They are best eaten with a fork. :)

I haven't had a hot dog in a year, and have bought some for the fourth. Lots of mustard!

At 9:34 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

I love chili cheese dogs, too. With onions :-).

But when I'm having a "classic" hot dog, I like mine the way Lee does--mustard only.

The first time I visited Manhattan, I thought I should try the typical New York-style dog. I ordered one with mustard, relish, and sauerkraut. It was very good!

Hmm...think I might have to have a hot dog lunch today, LOL!

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks for the tip re: eating chili-cheese dogs with a fork, Gillian. I can make a pretty big mess with just mustard. Which is not an easy stain to remove.

Happy Fourth of July, and enjoy those hot dogs!

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Terry, I haven't tried a New York-style hot dog, but I have eaten a Nathan's hot dog at Coney Island. Yum!

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Judy said...

Chili-cheese dogs are definitely yummy, but too much work for only one, so I usually eat mine with mustard and sweet relish. They're definitely better grilled, but again, for only one it's easier nuked. I'll be eating hot dogs for days, but I'll definitely have one Saturday. Happy Fourth of July! Think I'll watch 1776, too.

Shoot, now I'm hungry. :-)

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

I'm a ketchup only kind of girl. Sometimes I might add a little sweet relish. I have on occasion eaten a chili dog, no cheese. I do like them best grilled. We'll be grilling a few July 4th. The weirdest thing I've seen on a hot dog is cole slaw, but I bet it was good!

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Tim King said...

Mmm... A squirt of mustard and a smattering of Howard's brand hot-pepper relish (really more sweet than spicy). The two together make my mouth water every time.


At 6:18 PM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

Oh man, that hot dog photo made me hungry! Definitely a chili dog with CHEESE heaped on it and some ketchup. Very messy. Very good! And you are so right, Gillian. You definitely need to use a fork!

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Judy, Happy Fourth of July to you, too! Enjoy your hot dog(s) and the movie. What a perfect choice for this holiday.

At 7:06 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Cole slaw on a hot dog. That actually sounds better than sauerkraut, Mo. I'm tempted to give it a try!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Hi, Tim. Thanks for recommending Howard's hot-pepper relish. I'll definitely give it a try.

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Louisa, you and all the other chili-cheese-dog lovers seem to be in the majority. I really, really have to try one! I've also been craving a corn dog ever since I wrote this blog. I see several hot dogs in my immediate future :)

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a mustard girl, tons of it. And I love those slippery, slidey white cooked onions.
And I like it all on a veggie dog.

Jodie Esch

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

LOL, Jodie! I'll take one veggie with mustard, but must confess that the idea of "slippery, slidey white cooked onions" kinda made me shudder!

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

I like my hot dogs grilled and a little black with a lot of mustard.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Mary Curry said...

I like them grilled with mustard or - something I learned recently - with Vidalia onions simmered in ketchup. It's sort of like relish - only not. ;)

At 10:37 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Merrillee, you and I are birds of a feather :)

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Vidalia onions simmered in ketchup sound delicious! And I'm not crazy about ketchup. Thanks, MaryC! Great tip!

At 7:55 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

I like them with grilled onions and peppers, reminiscent of fair food grilled sausage.

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Terry, that sounds more like a gourmet hot dog than fair food. Do you use sweet peppers? Hot peppers?

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

Lee --
Sweet peppers. And the sausage with grilled onions & peppers is a staple at fairs. I don't cook hot dogs at home, but I do make sausage (usually turkey kielbasa) with peppers and onions.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Terry! My mouth is watering!

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

Lee, now I'm getting hungry too. Might have to go pick up some Kielbasa -- we already have onions and peppers (garden grown)

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Lee McKenzie said...

Terry, I didn't have any Kielbasa on hand, but I did have organic turkey weiners in the freezer. We grilled those, some burgers, and corn on the cob.

I love summer!

I tossed some thinly sliced onions and peppers in the barbecue wok and grilled those along with everything else. Probably no match for fair food, but since we're trying to cut back on carbs at my house - hence no buns - the grilled veggies really dressed up the burgers and dogs.

Thanks for the suggestion!


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