Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sauteed Apples

I've been exploring the realm of the gourmet hot dog recipe

It all started with my New Year's resolution to start cooking my way through any cooking magazine I have in my possession. So as I was cleaning the house and throwing away magazines, I remembered to tear out all the recipes that looked interesting to me. I've been cooking my through them lately.

Gourmet hot dogs have been important in my life. They are the "fun family dinner night" in which we have something to look forward to - Junk food. It's not just any junk food but a high brow type so we can feel better about ourselves. 

Either way it's a coping mechanism for getting through the week - And it works...

Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sauteed Apples (Food and Wine September 2010)


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large Granny Smith apples—peeled, halved, cored and cut into scant 1/2-inch wedges
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
6 hot dogs
6  hot dog buns, split
3 ounces thinly sliced sharp cheddar cheese (I used Pepperjack and enjoyed the spiciness to go with the sweet)

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the apples and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until barely softened and just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender and lightly caramelized, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in the cinnamon and keep warm.
Heat a grill pan. Grill the hot dogs over high heat until lightly charred all over, about 5 minutes. On a baking sheet, set the dogs in the rolls and top with the cheddar cheese. Bake for about 3 minutes, just until the cheese is melted. Top with the apples and serve at once.


  1. What a fun idea! I bet these dogs were good, they sure do LOOK good :) Never thought to do apples on a hot dog, I'll be trying this soon!

  2. This looks delicious. I love sweet and savory together. Fabulous!

  3. That's not your usual hot dog, eh? Now I'm going to crave hot dogs.

  4. What a fancy combo of condiments. Sure puts the usual pickle relish and mustard to shame. ;)

  5. You just cannot go wrong with hot dogs in my book. And that cheese on top - yes!!

  6. Hot dogs are not allowed in my house but OMG what I would give for this right now.

  7. More gourmet hot dogs please! I love it!

  8. lynn elwood said...
    wow,i just found ur site this morning. u r funny & u have some great recipes. im making the hot dogs with cheddar & apples,but im gonna cook up an onion with the apples,yummy. btw im always subsituting ingredents,usually because i dont have something on hand @ the time. thank u 4 getting my juices flowing 1st thing in the morning!

  9. Yum. I love the flavors. Hot dogs and apples really brings me back to my childhood. Great work.

  10. ok, so i tryed them with adding an onion 1/4-1/2 inch slices. i just cooked them right along with the apples. i didnt have hot dog rolls so i made so homemade 1s. plus i had cheese filled brots i found when digging in freezer for the hot dogs. it was so good. i am having some leftover apple/onion mixture on regular dogs for lunch 2day.
    & btw,i have started my own page on here now. so thanks 2 u,i had a great supper last night & now i have my own blog page 2 put up my own recipes. its "Lynn's Small Town Life" & i will be working on putting up a cpl recipes 2day,again,thank u!


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