Hot dogs are the all-American treat, deserving of the best hot dog condiments. Doctor up your grilled meats and hot dogs with these delicious homemade condiments.
Did you know that it’s National Hot Dog Month? I sure didn’t, but the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council deems it so. Seems that the average American consumes around 60 hot dogs per year–most of which are eaten in the summer months. Ssshh! Don’t tell Jamie Oliver!
As long as I’m dishing out Food Dork Trivia, I may as well tell you that the term hot dog came from 1901 sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan. He was at a baseball game and heard the vendors shouting “Get your dachshund sausages here! Get ’em while they’re red hot!” He sketched a cartoon depicting the scene, but he didn’t know how to spell dachshund, so he called them hot dogs, instead.
Which is kind of funny when you think about it because the dog breed Dachshunds are often referred to as Hot Dogs, as if they were named after the sausages, when in actuality the sausages were named after them. But I digress…go figure.
I must admit that I am usually a die-hard mustard & relish kind of girl when it comes to hot dog condiments.
And please don’t even think about trying to serve me a hot dog that hasn’t been sufficiently blackened on a grill. Boiled hot dogs need not apply. I rarely deviate much from The Standard.
But for some reason, a Smogasboard o’ Condiments sounding appealing the other day. So smorgasboard we did! Let me tell ya, Friends, it’s going to be hard to go back to mustard and relish after this one! All of these condiments were fantastic on hot dogs and bratwurst. Serving them Condiment Bar Style made for a fun activity for our dinner guests plating up their chow. The leftovers held up well enough to seriously rock the hamburgers we had the following night, too. Obviously, I’m all about Kicked-Up Casual dining options this summer. Check out what graced our plates:
Caramelized Onions. No surprise here–I’d probably eat caramelized onions on sod if that was the only vehicle in which to eat them. I love those things! Ahem. To the onions, not the sod.
Pepper Relish. I usually reserve this sort of thing for blackened sausage tossed over pasta, but this worked beautifully on the ‘dogs.
Sauteed Mushrooms. The ‘shrooms were totally for my love of the Bacon Slayer. He loves these little caramelized fungi with steaks, so why not as hot dog condiments?
Avocado and Corn Salsa, because it is officially the Condiment for Everything. Just ask Kat–girlfriend is Committed to this salsa. Now I didn’t take a ton of step-by-step photos for these recipes because, quite frankly, I think we’ve all seen enough of my chopping & sauteing stuff. Just know that each of these accouterments whip up in a jiff, and can be done well ahead of any grilling that will be taking place, so you can step away from the stove and hang out with your dinner guests instead.
Awesome and Fresh Grilled Meat and Hot Dog Condiments
Happy National Hot Dog Month, Friends! 🙂
What are your favorite hot dog condiments? Do you deviate from the norm, or do you always use the same toppings?