Friday, November 27, 2015

Greek Hot Dog

     A Greek Style Gourmet Hot Dog!  
     Traditional and creative gourmet hot dog recipes have been en vogue during the last decade.  In recent years, many chefs focused on gourmet sliders and gourmet burgers.  Hot dogs follow along with this trend to a lesser degree.  The reason gourmet dogs lag behind is the unhealthy reputation of hot dogs in the media.
     All I can say is that not all hot dogs are created equal.  Some brands are much healthier than others.  To even the playing field, one simply does not select a cheap low quality hot dog when creating a gourmet dog recipe.  Today's recipe features Coney Style Nathan's Hot Dogs.  These hot dogs are thin and they have some snap.
     Creating new unique hot dog recipes is kind of fun.  Giving a new hot dog creation a name is easy when adapting a theme becomes part of the plan.
     A Greek theme for a hot dog is a good idea.  After doing some research, only a few examples of Greek Hot Dogs could be found.  The oldest Greek Dogs are slathered with Greek Chili.  Greek Chili is the same thing as Cincinnati Chili, so these two kinds of Chili Dogs are nearly identical.
     The more popular Greek Hot Dog style simply makes use of combinations of Greek style ingredients, like Feta Cheese, Olives and peppers.  Adding some Pickled Grape Leaves and making a legitimate Greek style tomato topping helps to complete the theme.    
     Winter can be a cold, dark and dreary drag sometimes.  Winter is not just mountain ski lodges and blue skies or a horse drawn sleigh ride for two.  People get tired of winter, especially when there is only shades of gray.  Hot Dog are summertime food and hot dogs inspire thoughts of brighter days.  Sometimes a plate of summertime food is all it takes to cheer a person up.  This is why hot dogs are responsible for millions of smiles!   
     Greek Hot Dog: 
     This recipe yields 1 gourmet hot dog!
     A New York Coney Island Style Nathan's Style Hot Dog is a good choice for this recipe.   
     Step 1:  Place 3 tablespoons of diced tomato in a mixing bowl.
     Add 3 sliced pitted Kalamata Olives or ripe black olives.
     Add 1 clove of minced garlic.
     Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil.
     Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
     Step 2:  Mix the ingredients together.
     Set the Greek style tomato and olive hot dog topping aside for 20 minutes, so the flavors meld.  
     Step 3:  Cook 1 Coney Island style all beef hot dog in boiling water over high heat for about 1 minute, till it just starts to plump up.
     Remove the hot dog from the boiling water.
     Step 4:  Heat a griddle or sauté pan over low heat.
     Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
     Place the hot dog in the pan.
     Gently grill the hot dog on all sides, till the skin turns red.  Try not to brown the hot dog.  
     Step 5:  Trim the stems off of 2 to 3 small pickled grape leaves.
     Step 6:  Warm a hot dog bun in an oven.
     Place the hot dog bun on a plate.  
     Place the pickled grape leaves on the hot dog bun.  
     Set the grilled hot dog on the grape leaves.  
     Spoon the Greek tomato hot dog topping over the hot dog.  
     Crumble 3 tablespoons of Feta Cheese over the tomato topping.  
     Place 3 Sport Peppers on the hot dog.  
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs and a dill pickle.  
     This gourmet style Greek Hot Dog definitely is worth trying!  

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