Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oh, La, La French Dog

It's the opening of baseball season. Now Matt & I could really care less about the sport but, we do appreciate the food most associated with it, the hot dog. With the temps warming up & grilling season upon us, Matt thought this was a good week to play with hot dog toppings.
Oh, La, La French Dog
His first creation was inspired by a jar of cornichons in the fridge. He decided to make a dog with a decidedly French twist.
Oh, La, La French Dog
He started with some nice hoagie rolls (though any hot dog bun will do). He smeared them with a good amount of Dijon mustard. Then he added some slices of brie & cornichons. Topped off, of course, with the hot dogs. The dogs we used were 100% pork (they were part of the last 1/4 of a pig we bought) but any good hotdog will do. Since our buns were big we put two dogs in each.
Oh, La, La French Dog
Ok, this was surprisingly good. Matt said a cheese dog but, a really good cheese dog, one with that funky kick from the brie. The texture of the brie is great especially when it gets all warm & melty from the hot dogs. We were a little afraid the cornichons would overpower everything but instead they added a nice tang against the creaminess. We would totally do this version of the dog again!

Tomorrow another international twist on the all-American hot dog....

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8 comments:

Deborah said...

I've totally been thinking about doing a hot dog week - I love them! This sounds delicious - and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with!

vanillasugar said...

Yes! It's hot dog season! No, it's "kicked up" hot dog season! lol

luluvision said...

ok, you got me! I must try this now! My husband may gasp at first but since he is half French and from Chicago, he might be able to appreciate it! ;-)

Lori said...

When warmer weather comes around, I'm all about the hot dog. I'm so glad that more local, naturally raised options are popping up. We have a great source here and they are some good dogs!

Foodycat said...

I love those twists! Of course, I've never seen a hot dog sausage that looked as good as those.

grace said...

i'm not ashamed in any way--i love a good hot dog. there are so many ways to bring variety into the picture! i like your cleverness here--it makes me wanna sing 'take me out to the ballgame'! :)

girls who like to gorge said...

Yummm, i have a feeling this would be a fancy favourite at summer BBQs! Looks great!! xxx

Jenn @leftoverqueen said...

I love hot dogs! This is a great combination! :) Hope you will be doing more of these!

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