The Chicago Dog

Whenever I go out for a gourmet dog at DJ’s Hot Dog Company, I always grab the Chicago Dog. I love the crunchy vegetables, celery salt, and of course, the neon pickle relish. Now, thanks to Russell van Kraayenburg’s new book, Haute Dogs, I am able to make an equally fantastic version of this classic hot dog (and many others) at home. If you’re into hot dogs like I am, you’ll enjoy the many recipes in the book.
The Chicago DogMake sure you make more than one of these Chicago dogs because you can’t just eat one.

Also try my trailer park dog.

The Chicago Dog

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 -2

Ingredients

  • 2 large all-beef hot dogs
  • 2 hot dog buns
  • Pickle relish
  • Neon green food coloring
  • Onion chopped
  • Prepared yellow mustard
  • Tomato cut into wedges
  • Whole peppers
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Celery salt

Instructions

  • Cook dogs and warm buns as desired.
  • To make the neon relish, put a few drops of food coloring into the relish and stir.
  • Place dogs in buns and top with relish, onion, and mustard.
  • Add tomato, peppers and pickle.
  • Sprinkle liberally with celery salt and serve.

Grilled Chicago Hot Dog

This is my take on a grilled Chicago hot dog. Now, don’t email me telling me I’ve broken some cardinal rule by grilling these. I’ve had “real” Chicago dogs and love them, but if it’s not -45 F outside, I’m going to fire up a grill when I make hot dogs.

Grilled Chicago Hot DogThese hot dogs really came out great. I love the fresh veggies on them. That cold crunch really adds a lot to the taste. When I have a craving for a more traditional version of the Chicago dog, I head on down the street to DJ’s Hot Dog Company.

Grilled Chicago Hot Dog

Boil the dogs for a classic version, or grill them for a little more pop!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large hot dogs
  • 2 poppy-seed hot dog buns
  • 1/2 dill pickle diced
  • 1/2 cucumber diced
  • 2 tablespoons white onion diced
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 4-6 pepperoncini peppers diced
  • Mustard
  • Celery salt

Instructions

  • Grill or boil the dogs.
  • Lightly toast the poppy seed buns (Note: If you can't find poppy seed buns in the store, lightly brush or spritz regular buns with olive oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Place under the broiler or on the grill to toast them up.)
  • Top the buns with the remaining ingredients, sprinkling with the celery salt last.