Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dog

Cover recipe- Food Network Magazine, Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dogs:     June 2011

The June issue of Food Network Magazine is listed as “Hot Dog!  The Grilling Issue.”  This isn’t an issue about grilling hot dogs.  It’s an issue devoted to grilling everything… veggies, romaine lettuce, burgers, kebabs, etc.  The insert is a spotlight on how to make 50 different condiments to put on burgers and hot dogs and more.  I’m not really quite sure why hot dogs made the cover, other than they probably thought it would be fun to show that you can do more with a hot dog besides your usual ketchup/mustard/relish combo.  Their take:  Give your franks some international appeal with these topping combos.

Versions of hot dogs from various country themes are represented.  I’m fairly certain you would never be able to find hot dogs of this type in the countries mentioned, but it’s fun to see the flavor combinations they came up with.  Examples: Greek = tzatziki, cucumber and kalamata olives.  Chinese = wasabi mayonnaise, Asian snack mix and pickled ginger.  American = barbecue sauce, pulled pork and coleslaw.  I’m not sure they all sound super appetizing, but I give them an A+ for creativity.  Read below for what I thought of their Mexican hot dog (featured on the cover)…

Print Recipe

Mexican (Avocado) Hot Dog

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 10 min + chill time

Cook Time: 8 min

Funny, coincidental tidbit... I was in Venice Beach (near Hollywood) several weeks ago at a beachside bar, and I ordered an avocado hot dog on their menu.  It just had avocado and tomato, with mayonnaise as the condiment.

Ingredients:

bun
hot dog
chipotle mayonnaise
cotija cheese, crumbled
avocado, chopped

Directions:

1.  Grill bun and hot dog.
2.  Top with chipotle mayonnaise, cotija cheese and avocado.

Tips:

*I used Hebrew National Hot Dogs for testing purposes.
*I grilled both the bun and the hot dog.
*If you're not familiar with cotija cheese, it's a round-shaped Latin-American cheese- usually found near the cream cheese in your market.  It crumbles easily with your fingers.
*Wouldn't you think that the magazine would have included "chipotle mayonnaise" in their Condiments insert?  Nope.  Nowhere to found.  I suppose you can purchase that variety of mayo at the store, but I went ahead and made some myself. I mixed 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise with 1 teaspoon or so of chipotle sauce (from a can of chipotle chiles in adobo).

Source:  Food Network Magazine, June 2011

The results:

If you are an avocado lover… you might very well love this hot dog.  I enjoyed the combination a lot.  Cotija Cheese lends a salty element to the hot dog, combined with a tiny bit of spice from the chipotle mayonnaise and the fresh flavor of chunky avocado.  This is how I want to eat my hot dogs from here on out!

Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?

Sure!  Hot dogs are pretty much standard fare for summer grilling here in America, and it was fun feature to show the world different ways to dress them up.  And hey, burgers often get featured in the spotlight- loaded with all kinds of stuff- so why not hot dogs for a change?