Trust Me, Dressed Up Dogs are a True Delight!

Well, there’s not a whole lot that gets my heart singing like cranking out gourmet goodies in my humble kitchen. Plus, I absolutely love putting a high-brow twist on good ol’ comfort food, kind of like threading a silk through a cobweb. Hotdogs, yep hotdogs, are this week’s pick and boy, are my family and friends in for a real treat!

Striding proudly into my kitchen, I whip open the fridge door quicker than a cat can wink, and there they sit, a pack of plump and juicy, all-beef franks. You fellas are in for a total makeover, I chuckle to myself, setting out a disaster zone of ingredients on the counter. Warmed up and bubbling with excitement, my creativity wheel starts spinning faster than a spinster at a singles’ night.

There’s something almost therapeutic about grilling hotdogs. Watching as the thick lines sear into them, releasing a mouthwatering aroma that makes the dogs next door envious. Tucking the grilled gems into fluffy, lightly toasted buns, I begin the embellishment.

Caramelized onions, sizzled up till they’re sweeter than grandpa’s love, nestle over the dogs, along with a dollop of homemade horseradish mayo. Whoa nelly! The spice sure packs a punch, punching above its weight, cutting through the sweetness and adding a layer of complexity. A sprinkle of sharp cheddar, a few rings of jalapeno for that sneaky little kick, and voilá! These aren’t your run-of-the-mill hotdogs anymore.

The final flourish, of course, is a generous drizzle of my secret sauce. Trouble is, it’s so tasty I’ve taken to calling it the cat that swallowed the canary sauce!

And there you have it. The gourmet hotdog, a culinary comfort quilt for the souls of your nearest and dearest. Can’t wait to see their faces when they take the first bite. Cooking up a storm doesn’t get any better than this – honest to goodness! But for now, this kitchen maverick has gotta split. A chili cook-off in the park awaits. Drop by sometime, y’all!

  • Start off by sourcing the finest all-beef franks from your local butcher or grocery store.
  • Get your barbecue or grill pan heating up to a medium-high temperature.
  • While it’s heating up, thinly slice a large white onion and begin caramelizing it gently with a tablespoon of olive oil in a shallow pan.
  • On another burner, lightly toast your preferred hotdog buns for that extra comforting crunch.
  • Now comes the sizzle! Grill your hotdogs, rotating them occasionally until they’re evenly cooked and have those iconic grill lines.
  • Prepare your homemade horseradish mayo by mixing 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of horseradish sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice and season with some salt and pepper.
  • Once your dogs are grilled to perfection and your onions are caramelized, it’s assembly time.
  • Tuck the grilled hotdog into the toasted bun.
  • Layer it with a heaping of caramelized onions.
  • Dollop and smoothly spread a generous amount of horseradish mayo.
  • Sprinkle over a generous helping of sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Slice up some jalapenos. Be careful with the seeds as they harbor most of the heat! De-seed them if you prefer less heat.
  • Place a few jalapeno rings on top.
  • In case you have your own special sauce, make sure to add a generous drizzle over the top of the already loaded dog.
  • Enjoy the masterpiece you’ve just created and bask in the envious looks of your family and friends!

That was fresh!