Hot dogs and brats are usually synonymous with baseball games, tailgating, and hot dog carts – not with the word gourmet. Well, get ready food lovers! In 2011 the hot dog and brat are getting a makeover.
Chefs are dressing up the plain old dog and offering some tantalizing flavors such as the pickle dog – mayo, mustard and pickles mixed with the hot dog – or the Greek dog, topped with hummus, feta cheese and olives. Even the hot dog and brat themselves are turning into works of art. In Chandler, AZ, patrons of Pittsburgh Willy’s can enjoy the Chicken Willy – a chicken sausage marbled with spinach and Asiago cheese.
While ketchup and mustard are more traditional toppings for your dogs and brats, venturing into the world of chutneys, artisanal cheese, and exotic sauces are a fun way to spice things up. So the next time you’re craving a Chicago dog or a German brat, go outside the box and reach for that packet of blue cheese or tangy chutney instead.
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