Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Chicago Dogs

While visiting Chicago on our way to our new home, Steve and I had our first Chicago dogs ever. Now, you might be thinking.... okay, I've HEARD of a Chicago dog.... but what exactly makes it different than a normal hot dog? Don't worry, those were my exact thoughts before the dog was handed to me.

Well, here's the breakdown (thank you wikipedia)---
"A Chicago-style hot dog is a steamed or boiled all-beef hot dog on a poppy seed bun, which originated in the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with mustard, onion, sweet pickle relish (usually neon green), a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, sport peppers (a little pickled pepper with medium heat), and a dash of celery salt; but never ketchup. The complete assembly is sometimes called "dragged through the garden" because of the unique combination of condiments. It is considered taboo to put ketchup on a Chicago hot dog; some hot dog stands don't even stock the condiment."
So, there you've got it folks! Go grab yourselves a Chicago dog today! Or whip one up for yourself, now that you know what it contains. Personally, I liked this Chicago style better than your every day hot dog.... the more veggies you pile on the better! And I didn't even miss the ketchup.


Karen said...

Yummy!! I'm excited for this blog. I love food, but I don't like making it. I'm hoping to find some good simple recipes on here. I love how you take pictures of the ingredients, that will help a lot!

Justin, Julie and Cohen said...

My parents lived in Chicago for a while and that is the only kind of dogs we ever had so when we would go to church picnics, I thought, where is all the fixings for a real hot dog. We put tomato, onion, cucumber, cilantro and lime juice, it's delish! Justin has said that it gave him a new found hope in hot dogs. Love the new site, I will be visiting often, I love cooking!