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Oven Roasted Chicago Style Hot Dogs

I’ve always hated hot dogs… until a couple of years ago when  Hagbard got me to try a Chicago dog that is. A Chicago style hot dog is a beef frankfurter topped with mustard, chopped onion, sweet pickle relish, tomato, dill pickle, celery salt and pickled sport peppers often on a poppy seed bun. I was really dubious of this combination since I hate sweet pickle relish. Hot dogs and sweet pickle relish!  I was shocked at how good it is though. This is now my preferred way to have a hot dog.

I’m not a purist. Where I live poppy seed buns are not in the stores so we just use a regular hot dog bun. We don’t find jars of pickled sport peppers locally either so I use pepperoncini or pickled banana peppers. If that scandalizes you then there are places where you can order more authentic peppers and things online. Vienna Beef offers a Chicago Dog kit.

Maybe you don’t have a grill and don’t like boiled hot dogs. You can put your hot dogs in the oven and get a pretty good result.


Oven Roasted Hot Dogs

Heat oven to 400F. Put your hot dogs on a baking sheet. Cook for about 15 minutes. Serve in a bun with your favorite toppings.

For a Chicago Style Hot Dog: Put cooked beef frankfurter on a bun. Put relish on one side and mustard on the other. Put tomato slices on one side and pickle spear on the other. Top with chopped onion and peppers. Sprinkle with celery salt.


What is your favorite style of hot dog?



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Chicken Caesar Sandwich for One

I have seen slow cooker chicken Caesar sandwich recipes floating around Pinterest and blogs. It looked tasty to Hagbard and me for a quick dinner or lunch. Amethesto does not want to try it at all so she is having a plain chicken sandwich.
Basically you will need some cooked chicken to start with. You can slow cook the chicken like they do in the other recipes but if you don’t have a slow cooker you could also just boil/bake some chicken, use leftover chicken or buy a precooked chicken from the deli and use that.
For a 4-6 serving recipe version using a slow cooker try this->
I’m going to give you the ingredient list for my faster version with one sandwich. I added a bit less parmesan cheese and dressing to my mixture than the other recipes would have you do because I am watching calories. I used baby spinach instead of romaine lettuce for more of a nutritional punch. I had it all on a warm crusty ciabatta roll.

Chicken Caesar Sandwich for One
3 oz cooked shredded chicken
2 T Caesar salad dressing
1 1/2 tsp parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp dry parsley
1/4 tsp black pepper or to taste
Lettuce or baby spinach (about 20g)
Bun or roll (58-85 g)

Mix chicken, salad dressing, parmesan cheese, parsley and pepper. Heat in pan on stove over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Put mixture on bun with lettuce or baby spinach.

Verdict: This is a keeper!
Hagbard- “This tastes like Caesar salad.”
Loumoun- “It is supposed to so that’s good I guess. Do you hate Caesar salad?”
Hagbard- “No, it’s fine.”
Lounmoun-  “Is there anything you would change?”
Habard- “The only thing I might add is some bacon. It is pretty flavorful and tasty as it is though. I would eat it again.”

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