Hot Dogs with crisp lettuce and homemade barbecue sauce
Hot Dogs with crisp lettuce and homemade barbecue sauce

The quintessential summer food, this is one of my favourite sandwich! Easy to make, meaty, with the right amount of fresh crispy veggies and barbecued ones and lots and lots of mustard. YUM! If I remember my history right, the dogs humble origins can be traced to Roman emperor Nero, whose cook Gaius may have created the first sausage, unknowingly. In Roman times, pigs were starved a week before they were slaughtered. While watching over the kitchen, Gaius realized that one of the pigs was roasted without cleaning. He stuck a knife into the belly to see if the roast was edible and out popped the intestines–empty because of the starvation diet but puffed from the heat. Gaius then stuffed the intestines with ground meats and spices the sausage was born!

Thankfully none of us need to go through this process. For us it’s as simple as buy, open, boil and fry…

Here’s my favourite hot dog recipe.

  • 2 tablespoons barbecued onions
  • 2 tablespoons tomato
  • 5 to 6 leaves of iceberg lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
  • 2 pork or chicken frankfurters
  • 1 hot dog bread
  • 3 jalapeno slices
  • Tomato ketchup to taste

Method:

1. Barbecue the onions and tomato in the barbecue sauce (http://notwithoutmyskillet.in/diabetic-friendly/barbecue-sauce/).

barbecued onions

barbecued tomatoes

2. Boil the sausages. Set aside and grill or saute them if you wish. They are perfectly cooked and can be consumed without re cooking too.

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sausages ready for the dogs

3. Slice and heat the hot dog bread. Lavishly coat it with butter, mustard and start layering it with the barbecued onions, tomato, Jalapeno and iceberg lettuce.

4. Place 2 sausages. Add the tomato ketchup and some more mustard.

Serve.

Hot Dogs: Smothered with loads of whole grain mustard
Hot Dogs: Smothered with loads of whole grain mustard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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