How to Turn Hot Dogs into Gourmet Meals

I don't know anybody who doesn't like hot dogs. And, here are some recipes that will make yours even better.

CROCKPOT CHILI DOGS- 6-8 servings: from southernfood.about.com

Ingredients:

1 pound hot dogs, 1 large onion finely chopped, 2 cans of chili with beans (15 ounces each), 1 teaspoon chili powder, 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese, hot dog buns

Preparation Directions:

Combine the hot dogs, the chopped onion, the chili, and the chili powder in your slow cooker. Stir well. Put the cover on the cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-9 hours. Put the hot dogs in the rolls, use a spoon to add sauces, and put cheese on top.

HOISIN GLAZED DOGS- serves 4 people: thanks to hot-dog.org

You'll need:

cup hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot, peeled, teaspoon minced fresh garlic, 8 hot dogs, 8 hot dog buns, split, cup chopped green onions

Preparation directions:

Heat hoisin, honey, gingerroot and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow sauce to simmer for 2-3 minutes then remove from heat. Reserve cup sauce. Lightly score diagonal cuts across the hot dogs. Liberally brush hot dogs with sauce. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill for the direct grilling method, using medium heat. Place hot dogs on grill rack, about 4 to 5 inches from the heat. Cook hot dogs over direct medium heat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, basting often with the sauce. During last 3 to 4 minutes, open hot dog buns and lightly toast them over indirect heat. Brush buns with reserved hoisin sauce. Place hot dogs into heated buns. Sprinkle chopped green onions atop hot dogs.

YOCCO'S HOT DOG SAUCE- found at thatsmyhome.com Ingredients: 1 pound ground meat, 1 medium onion, 3 tablespoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon oregano, 3/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 cups water

Preparation instructions:

Brown the meat, breaking up pieces, and the onions. Drain. Run it through a little chopper if you want it smaller. Add spices the spices and mix well. Add the water and simmer for an hour. The sauce may be frozen.

HOT SWEET VIDALIA ONION RELISH- from razzledazzlerecipes.com

Required ingredients:

1 tablespoon oil, 1 Vidalia onion, diced, 1/4 each, red and green bell pepper, diced, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and cayenne pepper

Preparation directions:

Heat oil on medium-high heat in a skillet. Saute the onion and peppers until the peppers are slightly wilted and the and onions are translucent. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining ingredients, and serve warm.

HONEST ABE'S CORN RELISH- produces 1/2 cup- from hot-dog.org

Required ingredients:

2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar, 1 cup of extra-sweet corn kernels, fresh cooked or frozen and thawed, cup of grape or cherry tomatoes, cut into small pieces, cup of finely chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil leaves, 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation directions:

In a medium bowl, whip oil and vinegar together. Add the salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in corn, tomatoes, onion and basil. Cover and refrigerate. Use 2 tablespoons of relish per hot dog.

Happy eating.

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