So, what compelled me to post hot dogs? Well, lately, I have been getting inspired by street food. Not long ago on a Friday night, I went to the city with some family and friends to go shopping. Then we got into one of those situations where we just couldn’t make a decision as to where we wanted to eat. We eventually remembered that every Friday night in the middle of Perth city, there is a whole array of street food being set up, so went to check it out and it was the best decision we ever made.
We are talking quesadillas, paella, curry, Japanese pancakes (my personal favourite so far), all kinds of little delicate desserts etc. The reason I got so inspired is that the is food tastes amazing, it fills you up, it’s cheap and it is different. It is what I like to call “proper food”. So I was thinking about how I can make up my own street food-inspired recipe, and a hot dog is the last thing you would see in a fine dining restaurant.
I also hope that I am able to open up a few minds as well. Hot dogs don’t just have to be a sausage in a bun, with ketchup and mustard on top, which I do love don’t get me wrong. However, I just love to explore new ideas and new flavors.
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Epic Chili Hot Dogs
Hot dogs taken to the next level. Cheesy, meaty, chilli.....you know you want it.
- 6 Hot dog rolls
- 500 g of pork sausages
- 3 tomatoes quartered
- 300 g of passata
- Half an onion finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 2 regular chillies sliced thin
- 250-300 g of mozzarella cheese
- A bunch of basil picked and shredded
- 30 g of lettuce leaves such as spinach, rocket or mesclun
- Olive oil
- A pinch of sugar
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Pre-heat your oven to 210 degrees Celsius.
- Get a griddle pan or a frying pan nice and hot (medium-high heat), toss the sausages in a pinch of salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Put the sausages in the pan and cook for about 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your sausages. Make sure you turn them every couple of minutes.
Spicy tomato sauce
- Get a pot or pan on medium heat, then add a dash of olive oil. Start frying off your onions, chilli and garlic for about 30 seconds to a minute without colour. Next, add your tomatoes and cook for a further few minutes, then add your passata and your water then stir through. Turn the heat up high, then once the mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down and simmer for a further 5 minutes till you have a thick and chunky tomato sauce. Turn the heat off and finish by seasoning with a pinch of salt, pepper and sugar.
- Use a serrated knife to open up your hot dog rolls and fill them up in the following order. 1 sausage (2 if you're greedy), a layer of the tomato sauce and then top it off with some mozzarella cheese.
- Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper, and then place in the oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese melts and the bun toasts slightly.
- Top the hot dogs with some of the lettuce leaves just before you serve to add some freshness, then get those sausages in ya gobb 😉
- Add as much or as little chilli as you like.
- Use whatever cheese you like. Any good melting cheese like cheddar cheese, edam cheese, provolone cheese or fontina cheese would also be great for this recipe.