Today I wanted to share two of my favorite things to make during summer: grilled hot dogs and vinegar coleslaw. Both are traditional summer foods that I love, but I stumbled onto a brilliant combo of the two while visiting a local hole-in-the-wall hot dog joint in Dormont. To die for! Coleslaw on hot dogs may sound a little frightening to you, but take a walk on the wild side my friend. One bite will make you into an instant believer.
The real secret is in the coleslaw. I love traditional coleslaw, but it wasn't until I moved to Pittsburgh and tried a Primanti Brother's sandwich that I fell hard for their vinegary version that they pile on their sandwiches. Vinegar slaw has the perfect balance of sweet and tart that I could eat by the bowlful. Pile it onto a freshly grilled hot dog with some provolone and chips? I'm in heaven.
To make a slaw dog, you first need to know how to make the coleslaw.
(Adapted from this recipe)
INGREDIENTS: 1 package shredded coleslaw (approximately 1 pound), 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. kosher salt, 1/4 tsp. celery seed, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. ground pepper.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes then drain. Refrigerate another 30 minutes and serve.
Now for the hot dog and other essential components!
INGREDIENTS: Ruffles potato chips, 1 package top sliced hot dog buns, provolone cheese, beef brats, vinegar coleslaw recipe above.
ONE: first, grill up your brats. When they've cooled slightly, wrap each hot dog in a slice of provolone cheese.
TWO: place the hot dog in your top sliced bun.
THREE: place chips on either side of the hot dog (these add to the flavor and help contain the coleslaw.)
FOUR: pile high with vinegar slaw.
These hot dogs are heavenly. They're a summer favorite around here (and hopefully, they'll become one of your family's favorites too!)
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