Stretching A Hot Dog Into A Gourmet Buffet

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Hot dogs. You say their name and your mind is instantly flooded with thoughts of baseball games and cookouts. Although cooking a more expensive or beautiful pieces of meat on the grill can be fun, it’s not always easy on the pocketbooks. Hot dogs can be a quick and thrifty meal and stretching them into a full out gourmet buffet can be a great way to make something meager feel very posh (plus is a great way to clean out leftovers!). Make sure to add your favorite topping to our list…

Making a hot dog buffet can be a great way to rid your fridge of left overs and use up little bits of sauces or dips you might have lying around from other dishes or snacks. There isn’t much that can’t go on a hot dog, we’ve even tried mac and cheese on them before and you’d probably judge us if we expressed our true love for that flavor combination.

Here’s a few of the things we set out on our picnic tables for our own hot dog buffets, make sure to add your favorites in the comments below!:

Tomato Slices (cut in half)
Pickle Wedges
Diced Onion
Caramelized Onion
Cole Slaw
Compound Butters (we always have one or two hiding in the freezer somewhere)
Fresh Herbs
Crumbled Bacon
Assorted Cheeses
Potato Salad (don’t knock it until you try it!)
Baked Beans (it’s like beans and weenies on a bun!)
Thinly sliced Apple

(Image: 1959 Better Homes & Gardens Barbecue Book)