Hot Dog with Caramelised Onions
I keep the buns vacuum packed in my freezer along with a few portions of hot dog frankfurts, so I am never more than 20 minutes away from one of the great casual meals.A hot dog can be as simple as a frank in a bun, but Americans have deservedly turned it into an art form. Do not hesitate to pimp up your hot dog experience. Try out all sorts of smoked or prime frankfurts, mustards, pickles and cheeses. For me, good caramelised onions with brown sugar and chilli are essential.
- Large Saucepan
- 4 Hot Dog Frankfurts, the best you can find
- 4 Hot Dog Buns, simple or fancy
- 2 lge Brown Onions, sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp Sambal Oelek, or other chilli paste
- 100 g Shredded Cheese, optional
- Sauces and condiments to serve
- Place a little oil or butter in a frypan on medium high heat and add the sliced onions and chilli paste. Give them a flick or a stir to coat in the oil.
- Turn the oven on to 180°C. Put a large pot two thirds filled with water on the stove on high heat. Put the hot dogs in while the water is cold. By the time the water is about boiling, your hot dogs should float to the top and be ready. (you could of course BBQ or pan fry the frankfurts in a little oil – up to you)
- Stir the onions then add the brown sugar and vinegar and stir it through. Place your hot dog buns on a tray and put them in the oven, then get the cheese sauces and any condiments (and beverages) ready and stir the onions some more.
- Take the buns out of the oven, slice then add the cheese to the bottom. Add the Frankfurt then some sauce and set the onions on top – or just make em how you like em!
The idea of heating the hot dogs slowly while the water is heating is to avoid having them split – not that splitting is too much of an issue. The process is the same for frankfurts from the freezer. Start them in the cold water, they will just take a little longer to boil. I also zap frozen buns in the microwave for one minute before putting them in the oven.
Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 15gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 678mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 169IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 3mg
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