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nostalgic summer grilling

Hot dog roasting

I have been taking part in the #greatergrilling challenge with Hebrew National this summer and really loving the new takes on hot dogs that we’ve been able to come up with. We fired up the grill last week and tried something new – cooking our hot dogs on s’ more sticks!

It’s a tradition I remember from camping when I was young and figured it would be fun to try out at home. Grilling our hot dogs on sticks was a great treat for the kids, and a nostalgic take on the summertime favorite for me.

Fun hot dog pairings

To make sure the hot dog roasting nostalgia could be brought into our more modern foodie palettes we set out Hebrew National hot dogs, s’ more sticks, and an array of pairings to make the traditional hot dogs even better, plus we added in a few fun variations.

My three favorite takes on roasting were; the traditional hot dog, the salsa dog, and the Italian combo hot dog.

For the traditional – we layered the s’ more stick with one hot dog, a few large pieces of red onion, and small grape tomatoes. As the dog roasted, we also got a nice roasting on the tomatoes and a quick charring on the onion pieces. We added pickles and topped with Hunts Ketchup for a traditional hot dog with a new gorgeous roasted flavor.

Hot dog roasting

The salsa dog was next, made by roasting the hot dog along with jalapeno pepper. We layered the hot dog, pepper, and cilantro, before topping with salsa. A spicy dog that is so good – it’s become a new summer tradition.

Possibly my favorite variation of them all was the Italian combo dog. To make it we roasted the hot dog, along with red onion, green bell pepper, and a sprig of rosemary. Once roasted, the rosemary was mixed in with the Guldens Mustard and used to top the hot dog. So good! We added vegetables + shavings of Parmesan cheese to finish it off. The result was a herb induced dream that I will definitely be making again, perhaps adding salami to the combo next time.

Roasting hot dogs on sticks were great fun – a small and festive detail for a normal summer night dinner. Our family had a blast adding in toppings to create their own original combinations. To make your own roasting night – lay out the hot dogs, fire up the grill, and set out the toppings. Don’t forget to keep the grill hot for s’ mores afterward… an end of summer memory in the making.

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers, or byproducts.

This post is done in a promotional partnership with Hebrew National. The opinions expressed and hot dog roasting options are mine and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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