Labor Day Party: Hot Dogs

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Hopefully you checked out the blog yesterday and saw our intro to the Westside Bestside/House on 8th collaboration.  In case you didn't, here's the recap: we are doing a series this week to get you inspired and ready for all your Labor Day parties this weekend! 

Today's hot topic is hot dogs!  

Now, some of you may turn up your nose at the mention of hot dogs--I'm well aware they're not the most glamorous food.  But, let it be known that I buy all beef, kosher, natural dogs, so at least there's that.  Plus, hot dogs don't have to be boring.  And we're here to show you a few ways to liven them up!

The Alley Dog

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The Alley Dog is an LA street cart staple, and we love to recreate them at home.  Not a health food, but mouth-watering.  

Ingredients: 

  • Beef hot dog
  • Hot dog bun
  • Bacon
  • Onions + green pepper

Directions: 

  • Wrap 1 strip of bacon around 1 hot dog.  Grill low and slow until both are cooked.  
  • Saute onions + green pepper in olive oil. 
  • Toast bun. 
  • Dress with a squeeze of ketchup, mustard, + mayo. 

The Brat

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A classic bratwurst with finely diced, crunchy white onions + dijon mustard in a crusty sourdough roll.  Finish it off with a nice German brewski. 

The Californian

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This one is inspired by the California Dog at Dogtown Dogs, an LA food truck.  

Ingredients:  

  • Beef hot dog, toasted bun
  • Diced tomato
  • Chopped avocado
  • Arugula  
  • Basil aioli sauce (easy recipe found HERE)

*The Californian was our favorite!! 

The Classic...with a Twist

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Just elevate your classic beef frank with ketchup + mustard by grilling the dog in a curly-Q!   Poke a skewer through the center of the length of the hot dog, and then rotate it as you hold and cut with a knife, creating a spiral-shaped dog (hard to tell in the picture--watch THIS VIDEO).  

It gets exponentially more of that crunchy, caramelized texture + flavor since more surface area is touching the grill.  Genius!  And who said we'd never use high school math again later in life!?

Full disclosure, I'm not a food stylist, and we were chasing light so the ketchup and mustard above isn't perfectly glam.  So sue me--it tasted delicious!

These hot dog recipes (and whatever else your taste buds could dream up) are a fun, fresh spin on an old favorite.  You could even make a DIY hot dog bar and let guests choose which ingredients they want to throw together for their own unique creation!  Less work for you, and fun for them!

See you back here tomorrow for more fun inspiration! 

Tray is from Target and the paper hot dog liners were a random find at Joanns Fabric + Craft.