The grass was mowed, leaves were raked, the garage was swept and organized (as best it can be with a lawn mower, bikes, scooters, skateboards and bunch of other garage stuff) and hot dogs were for dinner. I first had this hot dog at the end of this past summer when my little family headed up American Fork Canyon for a campfire dinner. It may seem like a crazy combination, but it is crazy good!!
Crazy Good Hot Dog
Hot dogs, grilled or roasted over an open flame
Favorite Buns, buttered and toasted
Cream cheese, room temperature
Sweet Pickled peppers (I used the brand Wickles)
Charred pepper steak sauce (recipe follows) or favorite steak sauce
Smear cream cheese on bottom half of toasted hot dog bun. Top with grilled hot dog, Wickles peppers, baby arugula and charred pepper steak sauce. Top with top half of bun and eat.
Charred Pepper Steak Sauce
1 red bell pepper
2/3 cup tomato puree
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
3/4 teaspoon table salt or more to taste
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Preheat broiler. Place red pepper on a baking sheet and cook it under the broiler until all sides are charred, turning with tongs as needed. Transfer pepper to a mesh sieve set over a blender jar or food processor work bowl to cool until you're able to handle it, about 15 minutes.
Tear open the pepper and remove the seeds and membranes with a paring knife or your fingers. Add the pepper and its skins to the blender along with remaining ingredients. Puree the mixture until as smooth as possible. Transfer mixture to a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you would like a smoother consistency, run it through the blender again or press it through a fine-mesh sieve. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for one week (I kept mine longer and it still tasted amazing).
Recipe from Smitten Kitchen