Friday, February 11, 2011

Greek Hot Dog

Greek style gourmet hot dog!
     I thought about creating a Greek gourmet hot dog for a couple of days.  Some of the basic flavors of Greece are on this hot dog.  I was surprised to see how nice this gourmet Greek Dog turned out.  
     I mentioned in a previous blog that I bought a pack of all beef New York Coney Island style Nathan's hot dogs.  I have posted a few gourmet hot dog recipes this week.  The Irish Stout Dog was well received by some of my regular blog readers.
     Please do not assume that my blog has taken a turn for junk food recipes!  Gourmet traditional and creative hot dog recipes are en vogue.  In recent years, many chefs have focused on gourmet sliders and gourmet burgers.  When burgers hit the limelight, hot dogs follow along with the trend.  Creating some new unique hot dog recipes is kind of fun.  Giving a new hot dog creation a name is easy, when a theme becomes part of the plan.  A Greek theme for a hot dog creation may have been done by hot dog fanatics in the past, but after doing some research, no recipes could be found.
     With all the Greek restaurants in Chicago that have hot dogs on the menu, this Greek Hot Dog creation possibly could be a good item to offer.  One problem that bugs me about Greek gyro shops in Chicago, is that every gyro shop offers the exact same menu with no variation.  Rubber stamp menu planning is not exactly creative and it does not express creativity.  Offering new items, trendy items or creative items with a Greek theme can set one Greek gyro shop apart from the rest, instead of being part of the status quo.
     I still have one more Coney Island style hot dog to cook after this one.  Oddly enough, it will be a New Jersey style breakfast hot dog recipe.  I bought a pack of Chicago Vienna style hot dogs and some Chicago Neon Relish while I was at the market today.  I'll be posting a few more gourmet hot dogs next week.  One hot dog will be the one and only Chicago style hot dog.  A Philadelphia style Texas Tommy will be on the menu too.  
     Face it!  Winter is a cold, dark and dreary drag sometimes.  Winter is not just mountain ski lodges and a horse drawn sleigh ride for two.  People get tired of winter.  These hot dog and summer recipes provide thoughts of brighter summer days.  Sometimes a plate of summertime food is all it takes to cheer a person up.  Good hot dogs are responsible for millions of smiles!   
     Greek Dog Recipe:  
     Place 3 tablespoons of diced tomato into a mixing bowl.
     Add 3 sliced pitted black olives.
     Add 1 clove of minced garlic.
     Add 2 teaspoons of virgin olive oil.
     Add 1 small squeeze of lemon.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 1 pinch of oregano.
     Set the Greek tomato and olive hot dog topping aside.  
     Boil 1 Coney Island style all beef hot dog in water, till it just starts to plump up.
     Remove the hot dog from the boiling water.
     Heat a saute pan over low heat.
     Add 1 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
     Place the hot dog in the pan.
     Lightly grill the hot dog on all sides, but do not brown the hot dog.  
     Heat a hot dog bun in an oven.
     Place the hot dog bun on a plate.  
     Trim the stems off of 2 to 3 small pickled grape leaves.
     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 some feta goat cheese over the tomato topping.  
     Place 3 sport peppers on the hot dog.  (Greek peppers can be substituted.  Many say that sport peppers were a Chicago Greek invention.  They are pickled the same way the Greek peppers are pickled.) 
     Garnish the plate with parsley sprigs and a dill pickle.  
     I cannot tell you how good this Greek Dog tasted!  Take my word for this one, this hot dog recipe is worth trying!  The flavors of the toppings and grape leaves are such a perfect match for the Coney Island style all beef hot dog.  This is not your average ketchup and mustard dog!  Yum!  ...  Shawna    

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