Summer is here. And wow was it hot and humid in the northeast. Here on cape cod we were slammed with extreme weather very fast. Our spring meant we literally went from electric blankets to A/C in a matter of days. Wild. When it gets too hot to cook inside I like to go outside and grill. Did anyone cook this weekend? Lately we've been eating a lot of ice cream for lunch and dinner; humidity when it gets to 100% and a dew point of 70 or higher literally zaps your appetite. But I did manage to sneak in these Chicago dogs. OK they aren't the authentic Chicago Dog but its kind of close. I first saw this recipe over at my buddy Nick's site: macheesemo. I tend to make a lot of what he makes. He's got good taste and easy to follow recipes. I need to know how he stays so thin though....
Instead of using hot dogs I used sausages with a nice char on them. I know I know it's not really a true Chicago dog, but then again I never ever follow the rules. If you want the original way head over to see Nick. He even made the relish from scratch. Good man. If you like charred sausages, sweet pepper relish on your dog then I'm your best bet. Whatever you choose....please make sure you butter and toast them rolls people! Makes all the difference.
chicago dog (my way)
kielbasa, Italian sausage or beef franks, grilled with nice crispy char
white onions, diced
sweet pepper relish
buttered & grilled hot dog rolls
grill up your sausages
butter and grill up your hot buns
layer the buns in this order:
mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, white onions, sweet pepper relish, and then a sprinkling of celery salt.
Serve with baked beans. Enjoy.