The Chicago Dog

People don't live in Chicago for the winter. This is the mess of a winter we survive for like 11.5  9 months of the year. We live in Chicago for the summer. Beaches. Pools. Big Star. Cubs games. Hot dogs. Chicago dogs.

The Chicago hotdog is more of a sandwich than anything, really. Loads of condiments, and no ketchup. If any of you put ketchup on your sandwiches, that's pretty gross. I can't say I really know the history behind the dog, but it is a Chicago staple. And one that I recently tested out myself. 25 ingredients later, I ended up with a tasty summer treat to serve alongside a delicious potato salad. 

Here's to summer, y'all! Now go cook some dogs... or tofu dogs if that's what ya like!

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

beef hot dogs
poppy seed hot dog buns
chopped white onions
dill pickle spears
yellow mustard
sport peppers
tomato slices/wedges
celery salt
green sweet pickle relish

If you need a recipe for making a hot dog, please return to your ketchup sandwiches. 

Summer's Best Potato Salad

8-10 red skin potatoes (quartered)
2 stalks celery (diced)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp red pepper paste
2 tbsp fresh dill (rough chop)
1 clove garlic (minced and turned into paste)
1 tsp smoky hot paprika
2 tbsp dried shallots (optional)
salt and pepper

Add potatoes to a pot of water, and bring to a boil. Make sure potatoes are completely covered. Boil until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine celery, mayo, Dijon, pepper paste, dill, garlic paste, paprika, dried shallots, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add potatoes and turn until they are coated in the sauce.

I hope you guys test this recipe out over the summer. The red pepper paste made a huge difference. Check the pickle aisle in your grocery store for some pre-made pepper spreads. I bet they have it there.

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