Friday, June 12, 2009

Crosshatch Hot Dogs from Food and Wine

In our family, and among our friends, there's a lot of grilling going on in the summer months.

Given the German heritage of Milwaukee, the sausage is is very much a part of our city's culture. Have you ever watched a Brewers game to see the sausages (people dressed in various sausage costumes) race around the bases? We have several wonderful sausage companies in or near Milwaukee Usingers, Klements and Johnsonville (best known for their brats). Here is a little hot dog history if you are interested.

When I saw this recipe for Crosshatch Hot dogs on Food and Wine, I almost couldn't believe my eyes! A hot dog recipe with complex flavors and topped with a tangy, spicy slaw and served on a toasted croissant with Dijon butter? Oh my! This is not your father's hot dog!

The original recipe calls for cabbage with red chili peppers tossed with in a tangy vinaigrette to be served with the hot dogs.

My personal twist on the recipe was to grill the cabbage and peppers and add some grilled vidalia onions.

After grilling, I thinly sliced the cabbage and peppers mixed them with the vinaigrette.

The croissants are spread with a butter and Dijon mustard mixture and then also grilled:

The sausages (in my case, Usingers All Beef Franks) were then thread onto skewers, with a knife crosshatch marks made around each hot dog, and then they are brushed with a mixture of soy, ketchup and minced garlic. 

...and grilled.  The grilled franks and slaw are then placed on the croissant for one of the best hot dogs you will ever taste - I promise!  My husband declared this recipe "Fantastic"! You may want to treat your father to this flavorful recipe on Father's Day.

Grilled Crosshatch Hot Dogs

Adapted from Food and Wine with my variation on the slaw
Printable Recipe
Serves 4

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
6 cups finely grilled and sliced green cabbage (I used Savoy)
1 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, sliced into thick rounds
3 fresh red chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 croissants, split
4 large hot dogs
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large garlic clove, minced

Rinse cabbage and cut in half. Peel and cut onion into thick slices. Cut red chilies in half and remove the seeds. Brush the cabbage, onion and chili peppers with canola oil and grill over high heat until slightly charred on both sides - about 6 minutes on each side. Allow to cool slightly and then slice cabbage and chili peppers and dice onions.

In a large bowl, stir the honey with the sherry vinegar until the honey is dissolved. Add the grilled, shredded cabbage, red chilies and onions, season with salt and toss. This can be prepared in advance.

In a small bowl, blend the butter and the mustard and then spread thinly on the cut sides of the croissants.

Thread each hot dog lengthwise onto a skewer. Using a sharp knife, make shallow cuts at 1/2 inch intervals down the length of each hot dog, three times around. The cuts will look like crescents. Run the knife down the center of the cuts to 'crosshatch' the crescents.

Mix the ketchup with the soy sauce, oil and garlic. Brush each hot dog with he mixture. Any remaining ketchup mixture can be brushed on during grilling.

Grill the cut side of the croissants over high heat until toasted, approximately 30 seconds. Then turn and grill the other side for about 10 seconds.

Grill the hot dogs until charred and the cuts open, for approximately 2-4 minutes, turning frequently. Place the cabbage salad on one half of each croissant, top with a hot dog and serve.

Advance preparation: The cabbage salad and hot dogs (brushed with soy sauce mixture) can be kept, covered overnight, in the refrigerator.


  1. Oh wow! That looks excellent..kind of like a grilled cole slaw. Must be wonderful with the dogs on croissants!
    Love your new grill, so nice and new!
    Have a good weekend!

  2. Wow, Susan, you really kicked grilled "dogs" up several notches! They look and sound fantastic. That dessert is a spectacular finish. Nice job!

  3. We're definitely firing up the grill today!

  4. You just brought hot dogs to another level Susan! And I just showed Joe, so he will be copying soon. He's the hot dog griller in our family. Great post! Your new grill is a beauty.

    Thank you so much for joining me for the Kick Off To Summer event :-)

  5. Even the new Barbie looks sleek and high tech..:)

    I can taste the crunch of the slaw and would thing they AWE the best..Yumyum..We never make Hot Dogs....must now!

  6. Now THAT is a hot dog!! Will have to give this a try during the summer.
    The grilled peaches looked peaches!
    Super post Susan - and the grill looks pretty spiffy!!

  7. What a gourmet hot dog! I am going to have to try this soon as we do like the occasional hot dog too. Your photos and presentation are out of this world beautiful (as always!).

    Looking for BBQ dessert recipes I saw many grilled peach ones but not this one. It will be a must try too - sounds so decadent.

    I think I am going to have to go on a culinary tour of the US and instead of the high end resto's I'm hitting up the S&S gal's BBQ's!

    Can't say it enough times - beautiful post ;)

  8. Love the new grill! You can make a pic of a grill look outstanding :)

    You turned a hot dog into a masterpiece, those look amazing! Great presentation and I bet everything tastes better than it looks and it all looks outrageously good! Great post!

  9. I loved every frame of your post. Your pictures are just incredible and your recipe for grilled peach ice cream is on my "hit" list. Have a wonderful day.

  10. Wow!! You grilled your whole meal...good for you. I think I will have to try these hot dogs on my husband. It all sounds great, especiall the grilled fruit.

  11. Oh wow..only you could make a hotdog look elegant!!! It sounds so very tasty too. Great kick off to your new grill. The sausage races sound hilarious. You and Marsha have made me crave ice cream. I just ate a peach that would have been great grilled. Will have to buy more and give it a go. Great post Susan!

  12. Love your new grills. Hot dogs looks great! I really have to try the peaches, yum:)

  13. Thanks for the idea on jazzing up hot dogs. I think I'll try grilled peaches, too. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Thank you all very much for your comments!

  15. Susan, your grilled dogs are off the chart. And I love your variation of slaw. This is a perfect summertime meal. And great photos!

  16. This looks delicious especially the peaches. I had no idea I could put cabbage on the grill too.

  17. Yummy post... I"m going to try your hot dog grilling idea this weekend! Looks so good!
    Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
    ~Really Rainey~

  18. WOW, Susan ... you've taken grilling a "hot dog" to an entirely different level.

    Wonderful history, beautiful pictures ...

    I don't know any father who wouldn't be thrilled with your meal.

  19. Hiya Susan! I wanted to stop by again and let you know I tried your grilled hot dog idea yesterday and it was incredible! The grandkids gobbled them up and asked for more! I don't think I have ever had a grilled hot dog that was as good as that... I scored it like you showed and used your glaze. THANK you! I will always do my hot dogs like this from now on! I can't go back to just plain!
    Have a great rest of the week!
    ~Really Rainey~

  20. Thanks so much for the feedback, Rainey - that was so nice of you! I'm so glad you enjoyed them :)


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