Saturday, September 28, 2013

Relish the Relish - Two Hot Dog Toppers

It's a miracle that any of us raised in the 40's and 50's lived to tell the tale. We biked without helmets, skated without knee pads and rode shotgun without seat belts. Folks were not yet health conscious and, unless your mother was a dietician, pantry shelves sagged under the weight of newly introduced dips, chips and spreads. Casseroles ruled the day and a quick dinner of hot dogs and chips was not unusual. One of the treats of the time was a cheese stuffed hot dog wrapped in bacon.
When I stumbled on a recipe for them written by Emeril Lagasse , I really had to laugh. The lowly hot dog had come full circle. As bad as these might be for you, they are delicious, and had Proust sampled one, culinary literature might forever have been changed. Over the next few days, folks are going to consume a lot of hot dogs, so, I thought this would be a good time to share some recipes for condiments to serve with them. As it happens, I have two recipes for relish that I think you'll enjoy. They are easy to make and will allow you to put your own stamp on the hot dogs you serve this holiday weekend. Here's how they're made.

Cranberry and Sauerkraut Relish...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine


1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 cup sauerkraut, rinsed and drained

In a small saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Add cranberry sauce, mustard, sugar, garlic powder and pepper sauce. Cook and stir for 5-10 minutes or until cranberry sauce is melted. Add sauerkraut; heat through. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate Yield: 1-1/2 cups.

Quick Pickle Relish...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Michael Chiarello


1 cup diced dill pickle

1/4 cup hot/sweet mustard

1 tablespoon pickle brine

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Optional: 1 teaspoon drained, chopped pimento


Combine all ingredients, stir and serve with hot dogs or hamburgers.

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You might also enjoy these recipes:

Sweet or Savory Pickle Relish - Cooking with Corey

Sweet Pickle Relish - Stefani's Cooking Spot

Dill Pickle Relish - The Tasty Kitchen

Corn Relish - Simply Recipes

Pickled Pepper Relish - One Perfect Bite

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