Recipe Roundup: Dog Days of Summer

To be honest, I never liked hot dogs. They’re highly processed tubes of meat product that I’m surprised can even pass for food. At least that’s what I think about the standard, packaged hot dogs. Sausages and vegan hot dogs, on the other hand, are a different story. I’ve had delicious homemade sausages at eateries like White Dog Cafe that top some hamburgers.

Since summer is grilling season and everybody wants to spend the least amount of time in front of the open flame, hot dogs are a go-to dish: short cooking time, portable and satisfying. With these recipes, you can officially begin the “dog” days of summer.

Alexia Detweiler is a freelance food writer based in Westlake Village, CA.  While studying  abroad in Brussels she became a beer and chocolate snob. Although she loves traveling, Alexia is an advocate for eating and shopping locally.

**SKC Picks***

Those who know hot dogs know Chicago-style dog is the big contender. Make sure you have all the ingredients on-hand if you want the real deal.

Put an Asian twist on an American classic with these banh mi hot dogs. Crisp and refreshing.

New Englanders like to eat their hot dogs in a sliced bun, different than their traditional fluffy beds sold at ballparks. Serve up this chili dog with pepper hash at your next cook out.

Who knew hot dogs could be fancy? Tomato, basil and mozzarella turn this pup into a gourmet dog. It’s super simple, and you can substitute any type of sausage.

You’ve heard of sausage for breakfast, but hot dogs? Recommended for tailgates or spectating on your couch all day, these breakfast hot dogs are wrapped in bacon and topped with an over-easy egg.

Originally posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012

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