Haute Dogs

Tasty ways to dress up your franks

Posted on Jun 28 2020 in Features
Photo of various hot dogs

Humble hot dog no more! Celebrate National Hot Dog Month by upgrading everyone’s favorite summertime staple. Set up a toppings bar of creative extras to bring out the best in the wurst. Turn the page to find out how.

By adding a few tasty extras, your dog can explode with flavor. First step in setting up a simple yet wow-worthy hot dog bar: print out recipe cards for these four sandwiches at indianaconnection.org/printable-hot-dog-recipes. Then, stock up on the ingredients, including your favorite hot dogs and buns. On the day of your get-together, set out the ingredients and recipe cards, grouped together according to sandwich, on your buffet or picnic table. Finally, invite your guests to create their own culinary masterpieces.

Here are just a few of the tasty ideas you can use for your hot dog bar (see printable recipe link above):

The Bahn Mi

  • Sriracha mayo
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers
  • Pickled carrots
  • Cilantro

Chicago Dog

  • Dill pickle spears
  • Tomato slices
  • Pepperoncini
  • Mustard
  • Relish 
  • Chopped onion

Mexican Street Corn Dog

  • Cilantro
  • Grilled corn
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cotija cheese

All American Dog

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Chopped onion

For those who prefer going “freestyle” with their franks, set out an array of toppings like:

  • Barbecue sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Nacho cheese sauce
  • Chili or chili sauce
  • Pesto
  • Marinara sauce
  • Ranch dressing
  • Hummus
  • French onion chip dip
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Sauerkraut
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Pulled pork
  • Cole slaw
  • Sliced radishes
  • Baked beans
  • Crushed corn chips
  • Shredded lettuce

You can also include other options for those who want to go beyond the bun. Pita bread, tortillas and lettuce leaves are all good alternatives for the traditional hot dog bun.