Last year I went on my first trip to Chicago and had da best time evrrr! It’s definitely one of my favorite cities in the country. Josh and I actually thought about moving to Chicago after that trip but the winters…oof.
I began to envision myself walking down the street in January with two handfuls of groceries, with wind and snow and more wind all up in my face and it sort of stressed me out. So, for now, I’m just gonna make Chicago dogs.
Fourth of July is this weekend and I figured it was the perfect time to make one! If you’ve never had one, man, you’re in for a treat. On that trip to Chicago, I had my first Chicago dog and it was so memorable.
For this post, I teamed up with ALDI. Last week, I headed to ALDI and bought all the accoutrements necessary to make the best Chicago dog. They had nearly everything for these dogs, and basically all things summer-y at super affordable prices.
Most Chicago dogs are boiled, which is usually against everything that I believe in but I love these boiled. But, if you find yourself near a grill because, well, 4th of July, put them on the grill! I say put the tomatoes and peppers on the grill too. I say get wild, get weird.
There are a few things that have to go on a Chicago dog, and they are as follows: tomatoes (sliced into a wedge) sweet relish, sport peppers or pepperoncini, diced white onion or yellow onion, a dash of celery salt and lots and lots of mustard. This combo seems a little strange, not gonna lie, but it all makes sense when you bite into it. The buns MUST be soft, with poppy seeds. Most hot dog buns don’t have poppy seeds on them, but don’t worry, I have a solution down below in the recipe.
Happy 4th of July!
- 6 L’Oven Fresh Hot Dog Buns
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 6 all-beef hot dogs
- Yellow mustard
- 3 Great Gherkins Dill Pickles, cut into wedges
- 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1/2 small yellow or white onion, peeled and diced
- 6 sport peppers or pepperoncini peppers
- 3 tablespoons Great Gherkins Sweet Relish
- Celery salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the hot dog buns side by side on the baking sheet. In a small bowl, beat together the 1 egg. Brush the top sides of the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle on the poppy seeds. Transfer to the oven to bake for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- Bring a medium pot filled with water to a boil. Drop the hot dogs into the water and then immediately cover, turn off the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Place the hot dogs inside each of the hot dog buns. Top each hot dog with a squiggle of yellow mustard. Then, add a handful of diced onion, a teaspoon of sweet relish, a few pepperoncini, tomatoes and a dill pickle. Add a pinch of celery salt to each hot dog. Eat and serve immediately.