The Kitchen's Guide to Hot Dog Toppings

Teach your old (hot) dog new tricks!

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When you're creating a Labor Day with very little labor, you don't have to simply pull the dogs off the grill and serve – up your game and present all of the toppings as a mix-and-match hot dog bar. Give them a guide and list the fun names on a menu board. Guests can get creative with these three flavor profiles, pick and choose from the standards or create their own.

Sunny's "Baloney" Dog

  • Mayo
  • Dijon mustard
  • American cheese
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Crushed hot cheese snacks

In some countries, mayo is a common condiment on a hotdog. Crisp iceberg lettuce gives a fresh bite and unique texture to the dog.

Katie's "Purple Rain" Dog

  • Spicy mayo mustard (equal parts spicy mustard and mayonnaise)
  • Store-bought purple sauerkraut

A classic combination for a brat but it's delicious on a hotdog, too!

Jeff's "Mauro Cubano" Dog

  • Yellow mustard
  • Grilled ham
  • Swiss cheese sauce (recipe available here)
  • Dill pickles

This dog combines the classic toppings of a Cubano sandwich nestled onto a delicious hotdog. The dog subs in for the roast pork!

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