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Friday, May 20, 2011

Hot Dog Heaven...


I admitted to a guilty pleasure here. More recently... what's been on my mind is ... Hot Dogs... although I don't know if they can be considered a guilty pleasure or not. If I recall correctly I have always liked hot dogs, as a kid... and as an adult, even after finding out what was possibly included in the ingredients of said meat by-product. There are times when I would eat them dry... plain old bun and dog. In the past, on occasion, a chili dog topped with cheddar cheese, or a pizza dog with the sauce and mozza melted gooey on top would be a special treat. Often.. a dog with Honey Dijon Mustard and Sweet Green Relish would do the trick. In the last couple years, going to a local auction every once in a while, it would be a footlong plain, or with Relish and Sauerkraut... damn good. Long ago, boiled wieners was the norm, but the best by far are the ones cooked over an open fire, slightly charred. More recently, I have discovered this can be simulated, without the charring, in a 375 or 400 degree oven, with the wiener puffing slightly and cracking open just so, with the skin almost crisp.

Speaking of an open fire... I remember when I was a kid, on Halloween every year we would have a bonfire in the backyard garden, at which time we roasted wienies and toasted marshnallows on sticks, being the branches of trees in the yard, whittled down to a point by a pocketknife. It was then that I learned the art of the burning marshmallow and later perfected it to the art of the perfectly golden one. Ooh..   toasted marshmallows... golden, puffy, slightly crisp with a gooey centre. Oog... I remember the initial sensation of the burning tongue and trying to talk with a mouthful of hot marshmallow. Hmm... that's got me to thinking that I haven't fired up the son of a hibachi for a couple years now...  but summer's coming, so maybe soon.

Last week, wieners were on sale as was Hot Dog Relish, which I had never tried before. Ooh... it was good... better than Sweet Green Relish... and I found myself in Hot Dog Heaven... only thing missing was sauerkraut... or an open fire... and marshmallows. 

Photo from Emma's Eatery

When I held that jar of relish in my hand, standing in the aisle of the grocery store...  that open fire...  that spark was already burning in my brain.

12 comments:

DaveO said...

I am freakin' starvin' now. Been craving hotdogs all morning and then... this... this... paen to unwholesome piggy goodness. With carbodeath, onions, relish, and sauerkraut.

O!M!G!!!

Paul S said...

Wow you North Americans really know how to do food, here in the U.K. we haven't developed beyond a hotdog with onions and ketchup.
I'll probably be dreaming of hotdogs all night now, I really must stop visiting your blog just before I go to bed Spockgirl:)

KrippledWarrior said...

my favorite food bye far. But you forgot the CORNDOG...

Spockgirl said...

Dave:
Dude,I like that, "unwholesome piggy goodness", a righteous description, but what therefore would you call bacon, for which I hold an even greater affection?

Spockgirl said...

Paul:
Hmmm... methinks you must experiment more with the food. Hmm... I was never much of a ketchup person... definitely not on a Hot Dog. How about onions with sweet relish and horseradish?

Ah... dreaming about food isn't such a bad thing is it?

Spockgirl said...

KW:
Corndog... is that the one with pastry encompassing the dog on a stick? Those are good as well.

DaveO said...

SG,

One would use the superlative when referring to Bacon. Usually written in a tone of reverence, and prostrate in obiescence to its Crispcrunchulate Greatness.

Spockgirl said...

Dave:
Ah... I see you understand the bacon as well.

Big Sister said...

Gremlin2 says:
Here's another hotdog idea:
1. spread a thin coating of Zesty Onion relish.
2.crush some "caramalized onion & smoked gouda cheese" flavoured potato chips and sprinkle them on a hotdog bun.(Must be kettle cooked or it won't be crunchy enough.)
3.add a small handful of Kraft Double-Cheddar or Tex-Mex shredded cheese.
4.Put the oven-baked wiener on top.
5.Nuke the hotdog for 20 seconds (cheese goes all gooey when hotdog is squeezed together)
6. Consume (I can eat 4. Mom won't let me eat another one. >:P)

Spockgirl said...

Big Sis:
Hmmm... Ask Gremlin2 how about Miss Vickie's Jalapeno chips... definitely crunchy enough... with the Tex Mex Cheese or Jalapeno Jack melted on top, with raw hot red onions.

Harvey said...

You haven't lived until you've pierced a Kraft Miniature Marshmallow with a chopstick and roasted it over a glowing red electric stove burner set on "high".

True story, it's how I spent my youth.

Spockgirl said...

Harvey:
Just a miniature? I have a vague recollection of having done the same, but with a regular marshmallow.