Hot Dogs – My Way


I was in junior high when I had my first hot dog. I was on Paula’s trampoline and it was straight out of her fridge. No bun. Since we never had hot dogs at my house, it was sort of a novelty and I loved it. Little did I know there was so much more to the hot dog world. I had only scratched the surface. My second hot dog was a grilled beef dog with ketchup and onions. By that time I was married with kids, and my kids laughed when they found out I had never eaten a proper hot dog . . . on a bun with condiments. Since then, I’ve found my favorite way to eat a hot dog and I’m sharing with you. The trick? Make sure you start with a “beef” dog . . . slice it in four long strips and fry it in butter with onions. Make sure you load the bun with mayo, ketchup, and a little tiny eeny meeny miny moe . . . er, itsy bitsy teenie weenie . . . er, small amount of mustard. That’s it. Welcome to the world of hot dogs!


For each serving:

1 beef hot dog

1/4 sweet onion, sliced thin

2 t butter or margarine

1 fresh hot dog bun

1 T mayonnaise

1 t ketchup

1/4 t mustard


Heat butter in skillet over medium heat. Slice hot dog into four long strips. Cook hot dog strips and onions in butter, stirring every few minutes, until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Spread mayonnaise on bun. Dot with ketchup and mustard. Top with hot dog strips and onions.

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