A few weeks ago we celebrated my son's birthday and decided to have a gourmet hot dog party with plenty of toppings for guest to chose from.  Here's a photo of my dog: 2011-09-05_14-11-42_270

yes… there's a spicy hot dog down there somewhere!  The party was a lot of fun…I wish I would have taken photos of the other creations or had cameras available for others to.  I made a couple of "menus" (aka The Weiner Circle") just to provide everyone with a few ideas to help them get started. We served classic beef hot dogs along with spicy jalepeno hot dogs and had potato buns, wheat and poppy seed available.  Here's the menu:

Chili Cheese Dog: chili, cheese, onions.  NOTE: I made my own chili with some left-over rib-eye from night before…but a good canned chili would work just fine too.

Frito Dog: add Frito's to Chili Cheese Dog

Seattle Dog:  cream cheese & green onions

Chicago Dog: pickles, tomato, relish, onions & mustard

New York Dog: sauerkraut & spicy mustard

Philly Dog: grilled peppers & onions with cheese

Nacho Dog: cheese sauce, jalepenos, green onions & corn chips

Mac & Cheese Dog: mac & cheese topped with cheese. NOTE: I used store bought mac & cheese and the kids loved this.

The possibilities are endless. I think my son did combo mac & cheese w/chili dog! Bottom line, it was a lot of fun for teens and adults alike.  My dining room table was loaded with all the typical condiments includig various types of mustard, ketchups and relishes.  And then I added:

  • grilled sweet onions
  • grilled red and green peppers 
  • chopped fresh tomatoes
  • chopped green onions
  • diced avacado
  • diced white onion
  • sliced olives
  • shredded cheeses (sharp chedder and a Mexican blend)
  • sliced pepper jack
  • jarred jalepeno
  • sour cream
  • fritos & corn chips
  • guacamole
  • salsa
  • saurkraut
  • sliced pickles
  • mac & cheese
  • chili w/beans
  • chili w/out beans

I think another tasty version that could be added to the menu is "The Sloppy Joe" Dog.

What are your favorite hot dog toppings?