I'm from New York City, where we take our pizza, coffee, bagels, AND our hot dogs pretty seriously. So today, I'm gonna show you how to dress up a plain ol' Frank, Frank The Foodie style!
This is one of those recipes where you can just stack any condiments and extras you wish. Let's run through my ingredient list, shall we.
Loaded Hot Dog
2 Hot Link Sausages
2 Pretzel Rolls
6-8 Pickle Chips
1 Small White Onion
1/4-1/2 Cup Corn Salsa (regular corn kernels are fine)
4 Strips of Cooked Bacon
1 Small Tomato
3-4 Tbsp Mustard
3-4 Tbsp Ketchup
2 Tbsp Jalapeños
On to cooking!
1. Slice up 2 thin slices of your white onion and dice them up. Wrap up your onion for another recipe.
2. Slice up 4 thin slices of your tomato. You can dice them if you wish but I preferred to just cut them in half.
3. Choose some nice sized pickle chips and chop 'em up as best as you can. It can get slippery so be careful!
Optional: This would also be the time to chop up those jalapeños if you decided to add them.
4. If you've got your cooked bacon, chop them up into little bits. *If you're working with uncooked bacon, go for my tried and true method of baked bacon.
5. Heat up your pan on medium heat. Once your pan is nice and hot, place your sausage links down and let them cook. The cook time is anywhere from 5-8 minutes. Be sure to flip occasionally so you can get a nice charred look on both sides without anything burning.
For the hot link sausages (mine were a mix of pork & beef) I threw them on my cast iron griddle. You can use a non-stick or stainless steel pan with a little butter or oil so nothing sticks.
6. Cut open your pretzel roll and throw it in the toaster oven or my preferred method, on a pan over medium- low heat. You can choose to butter each side as you wish, I threw it on as-is. You just want the inside a little toasted so your roll doesn't get soggy from any sauces or juices from the diced up add-ons. Make sure to keep an eye on the buns so they don't burn! Shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes.
7. Grab your plate and let's get ready to load up this hot dog! Start by spreading any condiments you decided to go with (I went with whole grain Dijon mustard). Place the cooked hot link in the middle as you normally would. Lay down the tomato slices across the bun. Gently drop your chopped add-ons evenly across. Enjoy!
If you're wondering about the corn salsa, it's store bought from my favorite supermarket: Trader Joe's! Again, normal corn kernels are fine too.
*Cook the bacon in the oven at 400 degrees for ~18-20 minutes. Drain on paper towel.