Hot Dog Holiday: Our Best Gourmet Dogs

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Hot Dog Month

July is National Hot Dog Month and we hope that you’ll join in the celebration of one of America’s favorite foods. The hot dog is such a vibrant part of Americana.

Sausage makers from Vienna, Austria (where the term "wiener" originates) and Frankfurt, Germany (where the name "frankfurter" was created) are credited with bringing their unique concoctions to the United States. But it was good old American ingenuity that popularized the hot dog on a bun, and it was local cities and regions that created their own personal versions featuring unique toppings – like the Chicago Dog, the Kansas City Dog and the Corn Dog.

Hot dogs also are uniquely American because they are as creative and original as their makers. Ask people how they like their hot dogs, and they won’t hesitate to tell you clearly and emphatically. It might be plain; it might be with mustard and onions; it might be a Chili Dog. Whatever the case, everyone has an opinion about the best hot dog.

Ketchup and mustard are a classic combo, but why not get a little more creative with hot dog toppings at your next summer get together? Whether you prefer to grill or boil your hot dog, there is no limit to the ways you can top it.

The best thing about gourmet hot dogs is they're easy to make. Cook up those hot dogs and pull out your favorite toppings. Grilled dogs become Frito Pie dogs when you smother it in a bowl of Texas Chili. Can't decide between nachos and hot dogs for dinner? Pull out the cheese sauce and make a nacho dog! Watching the baseball game? Make up some Chicago dogs and feel like you're at the ballpark.

While there are a gazillion ways to make gourmet hot dogs, these unique combinations will take your picnic game to the next level.

BBQ Dog - Bellisari’s Barista Sauce, pineapple, diced capicola ham.

Saigon Dog - Bellisari’s Saigon Street Sauce and top with Saigon Slaw.

Calabrian Pepper Dog - Calabrian Pepper & Sweet Tomato Fennel Spread, jalapenos and top with crumbled queso blanco.

Fig Dog - Bellisari’s Blistered Jalapeno & Fig Spread and top with caramelized onions and goat cheese.

Balsamic Shallot Dog - Warm Bellisari’s Balsamic Shallot & Black Garlic Spread and toss with cooked diced bacon. Spread generously and enjoy!

Happy National Hot Dog Month from all of us at Bellisari’s!

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