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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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Teri Henderson says …

I like to slit my dogs open and fill with a sharp cheddar, then return them to the grill or broiler until the cheese melts. Pop it in the bun, add spicy mustard, sweet relish, and mango salsa or maybe guacamole (not both tho).

Eric Bath says …

Chili, cheese and onions is my favorite, but I'll always love a dog with mustard and relish!

Auriga Tarantino says …

There's something about a bun that's toasted on the outside, but I can't find New England style hot buns anywhere. (http://nehotdogrolls.webs.com/hotdogwhiteb300-1.jpg). It doesn't really matter what you put on it if you find just the right bun! It's the bun that really sells a good (or bad!) dog. But if you really want to know, plain yellow mustard (none of that weird stuff that a guy in a rolls asks you for at the light), two dots and no more, of ketchup (that's right, I said it, ketchup!) and the sweet relish that my grandma used to make.. MMMM... childhood memories. I could close my eyes eating of these dogs and be back on Cape Cod, (but there's something good to be said for not having sand in my shorts anymore.)

Bonnie Turner says …

I make an overnight spicy pickle with 2 chopped up cucumbers (quartered), and 5 chopped radishes. Bring to boil 2 cups seasoned rice vinegar, 2 TB. Thai chili paste, 1 TB. corriander seed, 2TB. salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Pour hot liquid over vegies and weight down with a plate and cover. Refrigerate overnight. Next day drain and mix in 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves and drizzle a little olive oil. Rub a whole wheat bun with garlic, top with a hot buffalo dog and the sweet pickle relish and yum! Some mozzarella and tomato would be ok too.

MaSnotNaS says …

yellow mustard and chopped white onions. it's the ooooone. :)

Tiffaney Gruber says …

It depends on the setting. At a Tigers game the dog will just have mustard. If I could get anything I wanted on it I would love diced tomatoes, a few onions, shredded lettuce and maybe even a few green olives!

Andy Flachs says …

A dog topped with sweet and sour slaw with an extra shake of celery salt.

Ginny S. says …

cheese and a bit of mustard. plain and simple.

Chris Walla says …

Regular mustard ONLY!!!! Lean and clean!!!

Shana says …

If you were to ask my 8 year old son, it would be just a beef hotdog on a bun, plain and simple.

allen stewart says …

My favorite hot dog goes like this. I get a all beef hot dog-- vienna hot dogs and cut a shit down the middle of it. I take aged medium cheddar cheese, shreed it and stuff it down the middle of the whole dog. Then i wrap the hot dog in peppered bacon to hold it all in. You fry the dog in a hot iron skillet turning it on all sides until the bacon is done and cheese has melted on inside. I take a poppy seed bun and grill it in the pan for a minute or two til golden. On top of this i add some yucatan guacamole- which is guacamole with garlic instead of onions for a smoother texture and a few tortillas crushed up and i'm good to go!

Summer Cooper says …

I like my dog with grainy mustard, then a bountiful layer of raw onions, and finally dotted with sweet relish... mmmm, heaven. :)

Michelle Torpisch says …

I must say.....I'm a purist. I top my dog with yellow mustard and if I'm feeling crazy, maybe some diced sweet onion.

Lee says …

MUSTARD AND ONIONS AND RELISH

Matteo Cortese says …

The European in me makes me put ketchup and mayo on it, with some onion and at times some cheddar cheese.

Wench says …

Even though I'm from Chicago, I like just ketchup on mine :)

Ken Gomes says …

I like my hotdog topped with ketchup, mustard, sweet relish, hot peppers and a pickle.

john says …

the trick is a fresh roll grilled with butter and then yellow mustard relish and ketchup with raw onion.

Allison S says …

Classic yellow mustard and sweet pickle relish.

Wendi says …

my dog of choice is a veggie dog with brown mustard, shredded cheese and cole slaw. YUM!

Evan Stone says …

My all time favorite hotdog: BBQ the hotdog with Catalina salad dressing. Make sure to cook well done, periodically while BBQ'ing apply more Dressing. You won't be disappointed.

Ernesto says …

Venezuelan way is the best! Take note: Cabbage fine minced Onion fine minced Potato fries sticks Sweet yellow corn Mayo Mustard Ketchup Sherred Aged white Cheese Optional: German Sauce (kind of tartar sauce but swetter) Hot Sauce Note: Sausage must be boiled with onion, celery and red pepper

Valerie Bright says …

Mustard, sweet relish, onions and shredded mozzarella. MMMMMMMMMM!

Melissa G says …

I don't eat pork- so I start out with veggie dogs and some whole wheat buns. Then I throw on scant slices of cream cheese and some champagne mustard! They are a delicacy...

Jan says …

Caramelized onions, relish and bbq sauce!

Dawn Holmes says …

whisk together same amounts of grape jelly and spicy mustard, drizzle on dog for a sweet/sour dog!

Jen T. says …

I usually go for a dog with Stadium mustard but when available, guacamole and bacon. Mmmmmmm.

Melissa Guziewicz says …

I guess I'm pretty standard, ketchup, spicy mustard, relish and onions! I would also be happy to throw some chopped pickles or chili instead if available!

Suz Franko says …

I top my hot dogs with deli mustard, warm saurkraut with sesame seeds, fried onions and chopped, raw vidalia onions.

Ivette Michel says …

I top my dog.. with salasa fresca and drop of sour cream! Its absolutely the best! I know it sounds a little out of the ordinary but TRUST me.. you're gunna love it. :) (Dont say I didnt tell you so!)

Sherry says …

I make a taco dog! On a regular bun and a regular hot dog, I add taco seasoned grd beef, onions, cheese, lettuce, tomato and salsa! Bien perro!!!

Ashley Wallinger says …

I like to top my organic sweet apple chicken sausages with dijon mustard made with lemon and thyme--yummy!

Bree says …

My topping choices are pretty classic. Ketchup, mustard, and relish! Sometimes chopped fresh onion.

beth says …

we like t call ours 'the baked potato': sour cream, chives and thin cut homemade fries on top!

Jill Lynch says …

I just love hot dogs many different ways, but my most unusual is: butterfly the hot dog, warm it up on a grill or in toaster oven, and fill with mashed potatoes & top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Put under boileruntil cheese melts.

Betsy Myers says …

Love my hot dog with sliced tomatoes and chopped lettuce!

Len Zen says …

Very simple: top with a slice of sharp white cheddar, spread prepared horseradish on one cut side of bun and honey mustard on the other cut side of the bun..... lay in the grilled hot dog and top with the cheese. Fold up and munch away.

Mary says …

I like my dogs with cheese (melted), warmed sauerkraut and mustard. The best, but you have to rinse the sauerkraut so that it's not too sour.

Adriana says …

My family is from Chile & there hot dogs are called "Completos"=completes. So you have a fresh made bun-dog placed in it,then mayo,avocados(mashed),tomatoes(diced) & sauerkraut. Then topped off with ketchup & mustard. Some people also add diced onions to it. It almost always ends up being as big as your mouth but its PURE DELICIOUSNESS! :)

Jeff says …

Smothered in Baked Beans and finely diced sweet onion..Yum!!

Chrissy S says …

Ketchup, yellow mustard and relish! Onions too if I'm at a Phillies game :)

Marianne says …

Ok, I have been eating Polish dogs since I was a kid. But having a family I have made it a little healthier. I start with a whole wheat pita, cut in half. Add a small amount of shredded cabbage in the bottom, a no-preservative hot dog, sauerkraut and grey poupon (a favorite of my grandma). I am an odd duck and add sweet peppers to mine. Yum!

Jennifer says …

Relish, Ketchup and onions!

Barbara Issak says …

I grew up in NY, and we top our all beef, grilled dogs with POTATO SALAD and spicy mustard. Hey, don't knock it until you try it! Some people top theirs with cole slaw, but the potato salad topped dogs win hands down over the cole slaw ones!

jessica says …

Yummy my favorite dog, is the applegate beef, slathered with ketchup, a mustard/relish on top...yummy!!!

jp says …

Love a dog, slathered with guacamole and wrapped in a tortilla...its delicious!!

Jennifer says …

Whole wheat bun, mustard on the bun, really salty sauerkraut and the dog on top of the kraut!

Kristina P.. says …

I top my dogs with onions, relish, mustard, ketchup and chili sauce. Yummo

Joan says …

I like my Applegate, uncured hotdogs wrapped with Coleman bacon and broiled or grilled; served on a warm Whole Foods hotdog bun, with 365 yellow mustard, Vidalia sweet onions or sauerkraut, and tangy BBQ sauce. Top that!

Reva Nichols says …

I like my dog with deli mustard and sourkraut! NY style.

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