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How Do You Top Your Dog? Contest

Congrats to Oscar whose comment (#414) was randomly selected to win the $25 gift card. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas for the best dog toppings!

--------------------- Lawn chair dining and hot dogs were meant for each other. It’s about the easiest food you can eat with one hand and your feet propped up. Plus, it frees up the other hand for an ice-cold beverage, a beach ball or a high-five. Oh yeah, and most kids and kids-at-heart love them. (Read on for a chance to win a $25 gift card.) But things can get downright serious when it comes to topping a dog. My favorites are the classic trio: ketchup, yellow mustard and pickle relish, always in that order. But my classic is blasphemy to others. “Ketchup on a hot dog?” they gasp. “Oh, no!” Take the “Chicago Style” dog. It’s often referred to as being “dragged through the garden” because it’s loaded with toppings - mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish, tomatoes, pickled peppers, a dill pickle spear and celery salt - but never, never ketchup. Then there’s the “Coney Island” dog that actually originated in the Midwest.  It’s smothered in a beanless, all-meat chili, diced yellow onion and yellow mustard. But if you’re eating a hot dog on Coney Island then it’s probably topped with mustard, sauerkraut and maybe some sweet onion sauce. If you’ve avoided hot dogs since you were a kid because you’re not sure what’s in ‘em, here are our tips on picking the top dog.
  • Don’t overdo it with preservatives. We only sell “uncured” hot dogs, which means they don’t contain added synthetic sodium nitrite.
  • Our hot dogs are held to the same high standards as all our other products. They’re made with meat from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones. And they’re not stuffed with additives and fillers. (FYI – Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, bison and poultry.)
  • There really is a dog for everyone, regardless of dietary preference: beef (grass-fed and organic choices, too), pork, turkey, chicken, meatless, even a whole small zucchini!
What about the bun?
  • If you’re not willing to give up the classic soft white bun, you can still get the most out of your food dollar by choosing a white bun made from untreated flour and no artificial flavors or preservatives.
  • If you want to get even more nutrient value for your money, go for whole wheat or sprouted whole-grain buns. Keep in mind that “wheat” is not the same as “whole wheat.”
  • You can even choose a bun that’s not a bun. Try sliced bread (look for whole wheat or sprouted whole grain here, too), whole-grain pitas or corn tortillas.
So what hot dog toppings are tops in your book? By May 26th, enter a comment letting us know how you top your dog, and we’ll choose a random winner to receive a $25 gift card. A fun way to use some of that loot is to host a budget-friendly backyard cookout and set out an assortment of condiments for a dress-your-own hot dog bar. Use The Whole Deal value guide to plan your summer party. With over $40 in coupons, budget tips and simple warm-weather recipes you’ll be able to relax and enjoy, in your lawn chair with your feet propped up.

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Shirley Abreu says …

Like it Chicago style with chopped onions, dill pickles & tomatoes with a dab of mustard. Feel I get my dose of healthy veggies to offset the dog :)

Liz Corey says …

The vegans in our family eat the Field Roast Grain Company sausages. Any flavor will do...they're amazing! The meat-lovers in our family (mainly my husband and son) will eat organic dogs from Whole Foods. They are truly delicious. They stay traditional with the toppings (ketchup, spicy mustard and relish), but I'll make a veggie chili for those of us who want a chili dog! Yum! BTW...we grill them outside during the summer...indoors during the winter when we're missing the sun.

Sherry says …

I eat my dog with ketchup and mustard. I also like it with just a slice of american cheese (Cheese dog) YUM!!

Andrea Fuller says …

I love mine with sliced avacados,tomatoes and chopped fine white onions!!!! Yummo!

Aileen says …

Fresh Hummus Spread (like garlic or roasted red pepper), with clover sprouts and lots of srircha :)

Catherine G. says …

Ketchup only for me.

Christopher Norris says …

I prefer my dogs grilled until they have a crispy, slightly burnt skin and are splitting. My favorite has always been the way I have eaten hot dogs & hamburgers since I was a kid....just a good amount of mustard, yellow or deli style....nothing else! I also like it with sauerkraut or with chili, onions & mustard. A local (I live in Tampa, Florida) Chicago Style Hot Dog restaurant has what they call a firedog, which I love....think of a spicy hot dog with peppers & onions, as well as hot peppers & spicy brown mustard.

Cathy F. says …

Fresh chopped onions, relish, mustard and ketchup, simple and so good!

Eugenie Wu says …

I like a dog with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard.

Matt says …

With organic veggie chili... Yum! i'm getting hungry thinking of it.

amy winters says …

We love hot dogs in our house. We tend to go chicago style with our own spin. I start with a grass fed organic dog in boiling water then on top of the steaming pot I place a steam basket for my whole grain buns to sit in. Assembling our dogs you start with the the dog, a kosher dill spear on one side of the bun 2 tomato slices on the other side, top with a little chopped onion, mustard and banana peppers all in that order. My mouth is watering right now!

Amanda Miller says …

My favourite toppings for veggie dogs would be nayonase, white onion, spicy stone ground mustard, and pickled okra!

sharon says …

grilled with Mustard and relish only... and the bun MUST be grilled

Laurie says …

Hot dogs were my favorite food as a kid, and I liked it all ways except with ketchup! These days, my favorite dog is grilled, with a toasted organic bun from the grill, too, then smothered with organic brown mustard, grilled organic onions, and a little bit of shredded organic smoked cheese sprinkled on top. Heaven!!

Jordana McLaughlin says …

mustard, ketchup, cooked onions, cheddar cheese, or chili if available :)

Tiffany Coffman says …

Homemade sauercraut & spice deli mustard - delish!

Jenny says …

My fav dog is topped with a spicy mustard and chopped sweet onion.

Lisa_Z says …

I love the Sonoran-style hotdogs, with a twist: Turkey dogs wrapped with turkey-bacon, salsa, cheese, sometimes a little guacamole/onions/cilantro on a grilled bun...YUM!!

Cheryl Kobal says …

I dress my dog up Cincinnati style with a little bit of traditional yellow mustard on the bun, add the dog, then top with beanless Cincinnati chili that's been laced with cinnamon, finely diced vidalia onion, and then finely shredded cheddar cheese. Oh, and the bun has GOT to be steamed! :)

C Castro says …

Ketchup, onions and mustard...:)

Desiree Fox says …

I top my hot dog with Whole Foods Organic Spicy Mustard and Sauerkraut...Yummm!!!

Jeff Martin says …

Dill Pickle slice, Mustard and Ketchup. or Tomato slice, Avocado, Fresh Salsa.

Jonathan Hunt says …

My favorite hotdog toppings are stone ground mustard with a little sweet pickle relish.

Howell Lee says …

Sauerkraut, sauteed onions and mustard.

Sarah says …

I like my hotdogs topped with guacamole and strawberry jalapeno jelly...so yummy!!

AARON RICHARD says …

I like to grill them until the burst (all beef only) and top with deli mustard, then chili, then cold cole slaw on a buttered and grilled bun.

Jaimi says …

There's only ONE way: mustard and raw onions. The bomb!!

Julia Everett says …

Plain yellow mustard. Yum!!

Christyne says …

The only time I eat hot dogs is when I'm on my way to a baseball game. And then what goes on it is anything and everything that particular vendor has on offer! YUM!

Georgi Scholz says …

Spicy Brown mustard & Sauerkraut! That or Sabrette's onion sauce, OMG, good stuff, but oh so hard to find in Florida. Really the BES way to eat a hot dog is on the streets of NYC or at a Met's game :)

Joanna L says …

coleslaw!

Amanda says …

Ketchup, mustard, onions, avocado and cilantro ... mmmm !!

Eric A. says …

First of all, the hot dog has to have a natural casing...! I prefer mine 3 ways: 1) Mustard & sweet shredded cole slaw; 2) Mustard & NY style cooked onions; 3) Mustard, sauerkraut & sweet relish... NEVER KETCHUP...!!!

Sandy Nevels says …

Spicy mustard, ketchup, chopped red onions, pickle spear & saurkraut! Yummy

Andrew says …

I like my dog smothered with a heaping layer of sauerkraut and then a good drizzle of mustard (spicy, coarse-grain, or just plain yellow mustard).

Jessa says …

My favorite is a tofu dog topped with mayo and lemon pepper - yum!

Rebecca H says …

with avacado, swiss cheese and grilled onions- yum!

Melissa says …

Yellow mustard and sauerkraut!

Meredith says …

These days I like to serve my veggie dogs sliced up & stirred into some nice, sweet vegetarian baked beans. The flavors are just right together and paired with a simple salad dressed with some non-dairy ranch it it makes a nutritious, lazy dinner. My 4 year old loves ketchup but I have to restrict how much tomato he eats and this way he's only getting a little tomato.

Elizabeth White says …

Here is how I top mine, grated Parmesan and shaved fried potatoes. -Basically you use a cheese grater on the side that allows for fine shredding and shred the peeled potato, and then fry that in olive oil with sea salt.- It adds a nice and tasty crunch to your dog when you sprinkle the "fries" on it..and it does go well with the ketchup too ;-)

chambleechick says …

a smart dog with kraut & brown mustard on a ww hot dog bun

Pam Lobell says …

My favorite way to top a hot dod is to put it on a bun with lots of red/yellow/orange sweet peppers roasted in a spritz of olive oil. Mmmmm....mmmm... sooo GOOD!

Maria says …

I'm vegan, so now I only have tofu-pups, but my favorite is the "Brazilian-Style": ketchup, mayo, mustard, potato sticks, corn, and (vegan) cheese. Yum!

Cristina says …

Well, Organic beef hot dog on a whole wheat bun topped with ketchup, yellow mustard, jalapenos and hot sauce! Yum! it's a "kickin' dog"!

Heather says …

My favorite are the vegan hot dogs in downtown Orlando. I top them with chili, sauerkraut, cheese sauce, sauteed onions, spinach artichoke sauce and the hot sauce...best thing I've ever tasted. If I am eating a regular one though, I love chili, cole slaw, onions and mustard.

Lorraine Simms says …

The more stuff you put on a hot dog, the happier I am! Favorites are chili and onions! Mmmm!

Greg says …

I see nothing wrong with ketchup on a hot dog... I like ketchup, yellow or brown mustard, relish, and chopped onions on a bun. I like that you guys sell uncured hot dogs..I'll have to try them sometime.

Patti Ziegler says …

My bun has to be buttery and toasted, topping my dog is minced red onion, stadium mustard on one side of my dog, and ketchup on the other side of my dog. Sweet relish on top with the red onion. Now, if Whole Foods could start selling the Reindeer hotdogs from Alaska it would be perfect!!

Heather Jaynes says …

I'm all about the spicy brown mustard and the sauerkraut. Yum.

Troy C. Banks says …

I am spicy mustard, onion, shredded cheddar and jalapeno guy. The bun has to be right though.

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