Hooray!! It's major league baseball season, and for millions of fans, that means a whole lot of hot dogs. This All-American tradition of eating dogs at the ballpark dates back to the early days of the sport, but in recent years vendors have become much more creative. Hot dogs are no longer simply dressed in ketchup, mustard, relish and sauerkraut, although those condiments remain major players. Clever toppings show off a cook's creativity. Here are 8 of the top-rated hot dog recipes that will help you hit it out of the park at home.
1. BLT Dog
Here's a fun mashup of two classics, with the chopped lettuce, tomato and crispy bits of bacon adding a crunchy contrast to the juicy frankfurter. Grab some extra napkins, this one can get messy.
The Motor City makes this New York mainstay its own by going heavy on the yellow mustard on top of that signature sauce.
There's so much going on between the essential poppy seed bun: sliced tomato, sweet relish, chopped onions, old-fashioned mustard. And don't forget the banana peppers. It might sound impossible to fit all that into a human mouth, but Cubs and White Sox fans wouldn't have it any other way.
A chewy take on that childhood fave, pigs in a blanket, the major benefit of this creation is its dunk-ability. Go deep into that mound of Sriracha-spiked ketchup or whole grain mustard, send in some smoky barbecue sauce as a curve ball. All condiments cling to the toasty surface like pine tar on a bat.
Also known as a Sonoran hot dog, this classic out of California is custom made for meat lovers. For best results, pre-cook the bacon a bit in the microwave before wrapping it around the dog. It's typically topped with pinto beans, salsa, chopped onions and pickled peppers, but the committed carnivore might prefer it on its own.
6) Chili Dog
Texans rejoice! There's not a bean in this chili sauce, which gets its fire from cayenne pepper. Serve shredded cheese and chopped onions on the side, so diners can add a little or a lot.
Who says corndogs have to come on a stick? This easy one-pan dish makes that county fair staple needs to be in your regular dinner lineup.
The rub against most meatless hot dogs is that they taste bland. Not so when rolled up with cheesy and toasted in a tortilla.
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