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Spanish Hot Dogs

July 17, 2010

In honor of my husband’s July birthday–and to correspond with the final World Cup game, we made Spanish-style hot dogs. Now, they’re probably not at all Spanish, with the exception of some of the topping ingredients, but it’s the spirit of things, right?

These are good. So good that someone at the table said, “These are the best hot dogs I’ve ever had.” Now, to some that may be a ridiculous statement, but I have to be honest and say that I love a good quality hot dog. Koegel hotdogs, made in Michigan, are one of my favorites, and those are what we used when we made these.

Now for a serious note: I am well aware of ethical issues surrounding the meat industry in the United States. If you’re not, watch Food Inc. or read The Omnivore’s Dilemma. However, I’m also aware of the grey lines we all walk each day. Though I don’t recommend eating hot dogs each day, I still eat them sometimes, especially in the summer. Maybe this is unethical and wrong of me, or maybe I just need to find an ethical source for hot dogs that are made from meat, not Monsanto soy products.

Manchego Cheese and Garlic Hot Dogs for those willing to be ethically grey at times…

adapted from Bon Appetit magazine

Relish:

2 large heads of garlic, top 1/2 ” cut off (Note: heads, not cloves!)

5 t. olive oil, divided

1/2 C. diced drained roasted red peppers

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

kosher salt

Hot Dogs:

6 grilled hot dog buns

6 grilled all-beef hot dogs

2 oz. Manchego cheese, grated (Manchego is a Spanish cheese made from goat’s milk. You can find it at most large supermarkets or specialty grocery stores)

sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar

Relish: Preheat oven to 400. Place each head of garlic, cut side up, in the center of a square of foil. Drizzle each with 1 t. oil. Enclose in foil and place on oven rack. Roast until garlic is tender, about 45 minutes. Open packets and allow garlic to cool.

Squeeze the garlic into a small bowl. Mash enough garlic to measure 1/4 C. (Reserve what’s left over for something else, like pizza.) Transfer it to a bowl and add 3 t. oil, red peppers, and parsley. Season with pepper and salt (go easy on the salt!)

Hot dogs: Arrange the buns on a platter. Top each with a grilled hot dog, then cheese, relish, and a drizzle of vinegar.

Confess your sin. Enjoy the meal.

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