How is it already the middle of July? I read somewhere that tomorrow is National Hot Dog Day.
Are you a hot dog person? I still can’t decide if I am or not, but I was reading an article in one of our local papers that made me wonder if I just hadn’t tried the right toppings yet. Chili, relish, ketchup, mustard…I guess I’ve never thought about what else you could slather in there. Here are some of the options the author mentioned in his article:
- Kimichi (spicy pickled cabbage)
- balsamic carmelized onions
- Giardiniera (pickled vegetables in vinegar or oil)
- Furikake (seaweed, sesame seeds and bonito…a smaller relative of tuna)
- Old Bay seasoning
- peanut butter
- grilled pineapple
- mac n’ cheese
- peaches (sliced) with chopped green onions and a fruit chutney
Those suggestions didn’t really get my mouth watering, but I am curious about the addition of fruit.
Here’s a link to the recipe pictured above: Pickled Peach and Bacon Dogs with Argula Mayo. I don’t know if I’d like that either, but man does it make a pretty picture, huh?
This Tex-Mex dog that looks like it would be full of flavor too:
Here’s a link to the recipe: Tex-Mex Hot Dogs
Delish.com published an article titled “50 States of Hot Dog Toppings” that was pretty interesting too:
I wasn’t fond of the topping they chose for Alabama (boiled peanuts), but again, I’m very intrigued by the fruit on Florida’s mango salsa-topped hot dog and Georgia’s hot dog, which is piled high with chopped up peaches.
How ’bout you? Have you ever topped a hot dog with fruit? I may have to give that sweet-meets-salty combo a try the next time we fire up the grill!