5 Gourmet Hot Dogs for July 4th

June 29, 2014

Hot dogs are as American staple so it's only natural that they would appear on your July 4th menu.  While a simple hot dog served plain has it's merits, a special occasion calls for a special hot dog.  Like the burger, hot dogs are a blank canvas that go well with so many other flavors.   Think beyond ketchup, mustard, relish and onions and instead go for bacon, avocados, grilled onions and cilantro.  These five recipes will give you delicious ideas of all the tasty ways you can serve a hot dog.

Pretzel Wrapped Hot Dogs
Recipe from Immaculate Bites

These hot dogs are served in an untraditional bun; they are tucked into soft pretzel dough and baked.  You can choose to serve these hot dogs plain or add other ingredients with them before wrapping them up. 

Philly Cheese Steak Hot Dogs
Recipe from Blog Chef

Steak, hot dogs and cheese equals deliciousness in my book.  These Philly cheese steak dogs combine two favorite American dishes into one.  You can use either cheese whiz or a cheese sauce made from scratch for these dogs.

Hush Puppy Dogs
Recipe from Cookbooks 365

The Southern hot dogs are dunked into cornmeal batter and deep fried.  Instead of ketchup or mustard, they are are topped with a tangy homemade collard green relish.

Banh Mi Hot Dog
Recipe from My Name is Yeh

Inspired by the barbecued pork Vietnamese sandwich, this banh mi dog is filled with Southeast Asian flavors.  An all beef hot dog is topped with pickled daikon and carrots, sriracha mayo, cucumber, jalapenos and fresh chopped cilantro.  Serve it alongside a cool rice noodle salad to complete 

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Hot Dog
Recipe from Port and Fin

There are few things that can make a hot dog better and bacon is one of them.  These bacon wrapped hot dogs have jalapeno slices tucked in between the two.  You can add whatever toppings you like but this recipe suggests grilled onions and guacamole.

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