Dressed Up Dogs (for Labour Day!)
PHOTOGRAPHY: PAULINE BOLDT
Happy Labour Day Weekend, friends! Wow, it feels like summer had just started and here we are; September creeping in right around the corner. But hey, that doesn’t mean that we can’t squeeze every last ounce of summer goodness out of these days! In honour of that, I’m sharing some of my favourite gourmet hot dog recipes with you. These dressed up dogs will make the perfect addition to your picnic tables or backyard patios this Labour Day Long Weekend:
*Chef’s Note: any of the toppings can be put on either a meat or veggie dog *
Let’s start with a spicy twist on a classic! By adding a few simple ingredients, you have elevated a basic hot dog to new heights.
SMAK DAB Curry Dijon Mustard
Everything Bagel seasoning (I love the one from Trader Joe’s but you can find a blend at Bulk Barn as well)
Whether or not you’re a fan of Hawaiian pizza, you’ve gotta give this dog a try! It’s a fun take on Hawaiian, with the traditional hints of pineapple, combined with that teriyaki tang. This unique combination is a definite crowd-pleaser!
Maple Teriyaki Sauce
MAPLE TERIYAKI SAUCE:
2 tbsp SMAK DAB Canadian Maple Mustard
2 tbsp soya sauce
½ tsp dried ginger (or 1 tbsp fresh)
2 tbsp maple syrup (or coconut sugar)
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and microwave on medium-high for 1½-2 minutes, until the sauce is reduced and thick. Set aside to cool.
2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 2-3” chunks
1 tsp SMAK DAB Hot Honey Jalapeno Mustard
½ sweet white onion, finely diced
½ jalapeno, finely chopped, optional (or a pinch of chili flakes)
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
2 limes, juiced
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
Grill the pineapple chunks on medium-high heat for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they have grill marks and are slightly charred. Allow to cool, then cut into small pieces and place in a bowl. Add the mustard, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and honey. Mix well and chill.
FRENCH ONION DOG:
This ain’t your grandma’s French Onion Soup Recipe! (But I bet she would enjoy it!)
SMAK DAB Honey Horseradish Mustard
Finely chopped chives or green onion
Everyone seems to gravitate towards buffalo wings, but why not try a buffalo dog? It even comes complete with a dilly ranch spread (or perhaps, if you’re feeling extra daring, it could be used as a dilly ranch dipping sauce?)
Buffalo hot sauce
Crumbled blue cheese
Thinly sliced celery
BUFFALO HOT SAUCE:
¼ cup Frank’s red-hot sauce (or any other red hot sauce)
3 tbsp butter (or vegan butter)
3 tsp SMAK DAB Hot Honey Jalapeno Mustard
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Pinch of garlic powder
Melt butter in a small pot over medium-low heat until melted. Remove pot from the heat and whisk in hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder until smooth and well combined. Cool.
¼ cup mayo
¼ cup sour cream
2 tsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
Have a safe and happy long weekend! Cheers!