Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Hot Dog Redemption

When I Say Summer You Say....

Nitrates!!!!

Ah well, nitrates, shmitrates. I'm pretty sure nitrates aren't even real, anyway. I'm pretty sure they're pretend.

I'll just come right out and say it - I dig a dog with mustard and onions. Or chili and cheese. Or kroat. (500 bonus points to the person who understands why I spelled it that way...)

I like mine grilled, but not charred. Never charred.

I recently discovered that I inadvertently enacted a brand-new Summer tradition a few years back. The first cook-out of the season finds me making up a batch of this:

Have we ever discussed my adoration for tangy, sour, pungent, acidic foods? It's legendary.

Here's the skinny:

6 cups thinly sliced cabbage
2 medium cucumbers, shredded (with peel)
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed

Mix ingredients in a large bowl and allow to sit in refrigerator for at least 24 hours. This will keep for up to 2 weeks. (I usually drain some of the excess liquid off after 24 hours.)

This stuff is so darn good on a dog. Or even piled up cole-slaw style, on the side. It's definitely best eaten off a styrofoam plate (forgive me, Al Gore) with a big, tall glass of iced sweet tea.

Just try it. You know you want to.

And, per usual, be sure to report back.

39 comments:

  1. I <3 Coleslaw! Can't wait to try yours!

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  2. Yes! this is crunchy good!!
    mej

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  3. I am on it! Hey girl! Your I love your food post! you have great taste in food! ~lulu

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  4. Looks great! I agree nothing like a dog off the barbee!

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  5. It is like pickled cucumbers and slaw all in one. As for kroat my best guess is a regional pronunciation or it could be the result of the sai kroat and the need for some solitary time?

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  6. I laughed when I saw your cabbage salad as I made a huge batch of my own version for our Memorial day dinner ~ as a side to grilled pork tenderloin and corn on the cob. My version goes like this: thinly sliced green and red cabbage, sliced scallions, diced red pepper, chopped fresh cilantro ~ then you squeeze a lemon over it, one twirl of canola oil, lightly shaken sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Mmmmm! I just packed the leftovers to have in my lunchbox for today :)
    Will try your sweeter version sometime ~ and I like the cucumber addition. I bet it is great on a grilled dog!

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  7. Oh how I love me some good 'ol hotdogs! Can't wait to try your slaw!

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  8. I do like mine charred! and I am going to try this coleslaw recipe, my hubs loves it!!

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  9. Hot dog, sure. Coleslaw, yeah, kroat, sorry charlie! Did you grow that cabbage in your sweet little garden? Do you ever?

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  10. good ol' hot dogs... what is summer without them?

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  11. Yum. The slaw looks great! Bet it would taste pretty good on a hamburger too!

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  12. I'm not much of a hot dog eater myself...but put them on the grill...and I'm all over them ;o) and your colesalw looks like yum!

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  13. Hebrew National, boiled (most people don't cook them long enough which is why they dislike boiling dogs), when done place in bun and wrap completely in foil. leave for several minutes. then consume in whatever way flots your boat.

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  14. Did I know we were hot dog soul sisters as well? Those are the only ways I will take it!

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  15. Oh how I love me a good old fashioned hot dog. I'm pretty boring though, I prefer just ketchup and mustard:)

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  16. I love hot dogs on the grill! Charred or not! Can't get into sour kraut though. Neal loves it! Not me.

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  17. Hmmm...tangy, sour pungent...sounds like your ready for a kimchi dog. Give it a whirl. You won't be sorry.

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  18. I buy Hebrew National hot dogs, you don't have to feel guilty about those!! I'm going to try your recipe, looks good on a dog!
    if al gore won't give up meat for global warming, by golly pass the styrofoam!

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  19. That sounds so yummie!!! not a hot dog girl, but I will take the goodness on top! did someone say salt? I'm in!

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  20. Yum!! I'm totally stealing your recipe. It looks delish!

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  21. I love a good charred dog :) Yours sure does look delish...although, I tend to be a boring ketchup and mustard girl - I would definitely this a try.

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  22. Mmmmm. You are, quite literally, making my mouth water. Yummy!

    Glad to have found your blog and looking forward to following you! I'm over at whimsysmitten.blogspot.com.

    Eat a hot dog for me, would ya?! It's raining here and not feeling much like summer today. :)

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  24. Kroat...a brat with kraut? Perhaps a hot dog from Krogers?

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  25. "Hot Dog Soul Sister?" You've gotta be kidding!!! :-)

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  26. i will definitely make your slaw. most definitely shop for the ingredients. certainly dream about making the list. consider how luscious it would taste.

    hebrew national, baby! the only brand i will eat. period. grill them dogs! anyway, if you are interested, i started reading a book entitled
    The Compassionate Carnivore.... and another one called Thinking In Pictures darn library wanted them back, and they threatened me with, well, FINES. the lady who wrote the thinking in pictures book is named temple grandin. google her. i'll try to finish the book.
    p.s. i am not a vegetarian. we have a freezer full of meat. my husband won't eat a meal without meat. BUT. blah blah blah. sheesh! i have a lot to say.

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  27. Me no likey cole slaw!
    But, my husband was reading over my shoulder and has commissioned me to "make that!"
    So.
    Thanks.
    A.
    Lot.

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  28. Love those nasty dogs. Foot longs with mild chili sauce or with kraut.
    Sorry I can't resist BUT Al Gore needs to recycle his marriage. 40 years and calling it quits, why?

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  29. Yum!! Nitrites!! We are all about hot dogs over here in organic land. Thanks for the slaw recipe. I will be sure to try!

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  30. You surprise me! I love nitrates too. You have really been inspiring me to want to make veggie type foods lately. I look forward to having groceries in the house again very soon. A few weeks ago I had blue cheese cole slaw. It was so good. Do you like blue cheese? I hope so because if not it could negatively impact our friendship.

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  31. I eat maybe one or two dogs a year and they must be black. With mustard and maybe sharp cheddar cheese. (I know.) Cole slaw is growing on me. It's one of my hubby's very favorite things, so I do make it quite often.
    Long live styrofoam!

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  32. Unfortunately for us up here in BC Canada, we haven't had much bbq weather so far!

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