Hot Dog recipes: Hollywood & Smoked Cheese Dogs

Despite falling in the popular junk food category, hot dogs have somehow never managed to pique the interest of the cheese and patty loving folks here in India.

West devours hot dog like none other as the perfect quick snack on the move that is both cheap and succulent. But back in the sub-continent we haven't quite moved on from thick pizzas exploding with cheese and dry, veggie-less burgers to embrace smooth frankfurters garnished with mustard and mayonnaise.

Hot dogs are actually quite delicious and rather easy to put together, easier than burger, and you can never go wrong with it. You can so much as experiment with the dressing by topping the sausage with cheese or baked beans, or sauteed mushrooms and onion, basically anything you wish. Just dip it in mustard sauce and your hot dog will taste heavenly. It's worth a note that hot dogs are best paired with black coffee and not any rich, creamy beverage.

Did you know that US celebrates a National Hot Dog Month beginning July? Well, there's more. The popularity of the term Hot Dog is generally attributed to sports cartoonist TA 'Tad' Dorgan, who caricatured German figures as dachshund in buns and called them hot dogs because he couldn't spell frankfurter. Every country and state has a unique style of preparing hot dogs, lending the dish a unique flavour all across the country.

On this note, executive chef Rajiv Kumar Malhotra of The All American Diner at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, shares with us three of his specialty hot dog recipes. All of which have featured in the cafe's hot dog food festival menu year after year.

Smoked Cheese Dog (Serves 1)
Ingredients:
Lettuce Iceberg 20 gms
Potato wedges crispy 100 gms
Oil refined 25 ml
Cheese Smoked Imp 25 gms
Chicken sausage 7" 60 gms
Garnish (English Lettuce, onion, tomato, Gherkin Slice, chopped onion and relish) 85 gms
Chicken ham slice 25 gms
Croissant hot dog bun 1 no
Ranch Dressing 40 gms

Method:
- Blanch the chicken frankfurter in boiling water for 2 minutes
- Meanwhile cut the croissant bun in half lengthwise and toast it in salamander
- Heat the hotplate, pour oil and grill the frankfurter
- On an oval plate arrange the garnish
- Fry the potato wedges till golden brown in colour
- Apply the dressing on bun and arrange the iceberg and sausage. Arrange chicken ham and smoked cheese over that.
- Arrange the hot dog and the wedges on the plate, serve hot

Chubb's Dog (Serves 1)
Ingredients:
Cheddar cheese 40 gms
Lettuce Iceberg 20 gms
Potato French fries 70 gms
Mayonnaise Goodness 40 gms
English mustard 10 gms
Chicken sausage 7" 60 gms
Chopped onions, lettuce and relishes for garnishing 85 gms
Chilli powder 1 gm
Plain hot dog bun 1 no
Crispy potato wedges 100 gms

Method:
- Blanch the chicken frankfurter in boiling water for 2 minutes
- Meanwhile cut the hot dog bun in half lengthwise from the top and warm it a bit in the salamander
- Heat the hotplate pour oil and grill the frankfurter
- Fry potato wedges and French fries separately, till golden brown in colour
- Apply mayonnaise on bun and arrange the sausage in between and then top up with French fries and sprinkle chilli powder on top. Then garnish with cheese.
- Arrange the hot dog, wedges and the garnish on the plate, serve hot

Hollywood Dog (Serves 1)
Ingredients:
Mushroom slice 40 gms
Bacon slice 60 gms
Potato wedges crispy 100 gms
Mayonnaise Goodness 40 gms
Refined oil 30 ml
Chopped garlic 10 gms
Sausage chicken 7" 60 gms
Garnish 85 gms
Cheese slice 20 gms
Sesame hot dog bun 1 no

Method:
- Blanch the chicken/pork frankfurter in boiling water for 2 minutes
- Meanwhile cut the hot dog bun in half lengthwise and toast it in the salamander
- Heat the hotplate, pour oil and grill the bacon and frankfurter. Saute the garlic and mushroom with little oil in a pan.
- On an oval plate arrange the garnish (English lettuce, onion, tomato, gherkin slice, chopped onion and relish)
- Fry the potato wedges till golden brown in colour
- Apply the dressing on bun and arrange the sausage. Place bacon slices and saute mushroom over that.
- Arrange the hot dog and the wedges on the plate, serve hot

Try them out, and even if you do not particularly fancy junk food you'll at least fall in love with the humble hot dog.
  Read More: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food/recipes/Hot-Dog-recipes-Hollywood-Smoked-Cheese-Dogs/articleshow/15054339.cms

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