Monday, June 11, 2012

Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Most people think of Chicago or New York City when it comes to hot dogs. However, Birmingham takes its hot dogs pretty damn seriously. We have a ton of hot dog stands, detailed and reviewed here. Most of our places are Greek-owned, and we LOVE our saucy, messy hot dogs. You know, the kind that you should probably be eating with a knife & fork (and NOT in your car, unless you want to know what it's like to dig out handfuls of chili cheese hot dog from that little crevice between the car seat and center console - unfortunately, I KNOW what it's like). 

So what's the messiest hot dog out there? I'd have to put my vote in for the chili dog. It's sloppy, flavorful and just plain GOOD. I haven't had a hot dog in FOREVER (unless you count the sad excuse for a Chicago dog I had from Sonic about two weeks ago - the bun was SO STALE), so I decided that I HAD to make chili cheese dogs. 

These hot dogs, unlike most hot dog recipes, call for the hot dogs to be BAKED IN THE OVEN, in the buns. I can't explain WHY or HOW it works, but it does. The hot dogs end up perfectly cooked, nice and crispy on the top, and all of the toppings kind of meld together into a gooey & congealed mass of pure flavor.


I'm too ashamed to admit how many of these things I ate. 

Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs
adapted from In the Wabe
PRINTABLE RECIPE

Ingredients:
8 hot dog buns
8 hot dogs
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Relish (sweet or dill)
Sauerkraut
1 can of chili
1 white onion, diced
Shredded cheddar cheese

Generously spread mayonnaise & mustard inside each of the hot dog buns. Add relish & sauerkraut, then place the hot dogs inside the buns. Place inside a foil-lined 13x9" baking dish.









Top the hot dogs generously with chili, diced onion and cheese.




Cover with foil and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. CAREFULLY remove the hot dogs from the pan and serve with a knife & fork.




11 comments:

  1. so making this! Thank you.

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  2. You are an evil, evil woman. I saw the ingredients and was prepared to hate this because of the soggy factor. Until I saw the layers of cheese on top. I am now salivating. This will definitely be a guilty pleasure.

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  3. You should call this Hot Dog Casserole.

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  4. oh.my.goodness. yum! (Also I am signed is as anonymous as I have never posted to a blog before so I will have to figure it out.)

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    1. That's ok - I allow anonymous posting :)

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  5. OMG I am drooling all over my keyboard...I will definitely be making these soon...my hubby loves chili cheese dogs, he would eat them every day if he could!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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  6. I have had open-heart surgery, and should never eat anything like this because of the amount of fat. But I am going to.

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    1. Ha! Your comment just cracked me up! I think its ok to eat things that are a little bad for us every once in a while; just not every day!!

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    2. While I've got your attention, let me say that I really enjoy your recipes. I don't know how I stumbled onto your blog, but I'm sure glad I did. Brian

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    3. Thanks, Brian!! I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes! - Julia

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  7. Just made these dogs today and they turned out great!! However the bread was kind of soggy on one side of the bun but not sure if it was because I didn't line the pan with aluminum foil. But overall very tasty!!

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