Hot dogs with different spicy toppings
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Add Chips
A crunchy layer of potato chips adds texture to hot dogs. Whichever flavor of chip you choose, the salty kick and crunchy crisp blend well with the tender, juicy dog.
The chips help break the chewy monotony. Barbecue-flavored potato chips will bring you smoky, savory satisfaction, while salt and vinegar crumbles will give a zesty spin.
Preheat Pan
For a perfect hot dog, the skin should retain some bite and the flesh should be plump but not mushy. A quick fry in a preheated pan will help achieve this effortlessly.
Warm cast iron, which has superior heat retention, in high heat before cooking hot dogs for about five minutes. If the skin begins to bubble, know you're overcooking it.
Use Costco Dog
Though cheap, a Costco hot dog is a plain, all-beef offering that may feel a bit boring. However, instead of settling for it, take it home for a quick transformation.
To elevate your Costco dog into a gourmet delight, simply slice it down the middle, grill it, and top it with cheddar, relish, mustard, and raw onions.
Meatless Hot Dogs
Create meatless hot dogs with carrots and a few simple ingredients. The carrots can develop a frank-like taste, though their consistency will differ.
First, boil the carrots until tender, then set them in a marinade of soy sauce, liquid smoke, garlic, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar for 24 hours.
Enjoy As A Salad
If you're looking to shed the carbs but still want to enjoy a delicious hot dog, you can toss out the bun completely and enjoy a Chicago hot dog-style salad.
Ensure you use Vienna Beef franks, which is Chicago's preferred brand. Then, double up on the toppings and drizzle with oil to transform hot dogs into a real salad experience.