I’ve been slacking here lately. I know. Part of it is because we’ve been busy, and part of it is because I have so many garden veggies that I’m just making the same summer veggie staples over and over and not venturing out to anything new. Lots of tomato sauces, zucchini gratins, grilled veggies and salads. When it comes to summer veggies, it seems the simpler the better, but simple doesn’t require fun recipes. The other night we fried some of our fresh garden potatoes in duck fat and they were the best thing ever.
We spent the 4th of July weekend in San Francisco and Sonoma wine country with some close friends who flew out West to visit us! As per usual in San Fran, we did lots of walking, lots of touristy things and ate and drank plenty of delicious things.
We spent one night and day in Sonoma. It was our first time visiting so we took a wine tour (having a driver = awesome) and went to several different wineries (5…6…? I lost count at some point). It was actually a little bit too long a day, but still fun nonetheless.
We hit up one of Guy Fieri’s restaurants, Johnny Garlic’s, for dinner that night and it was a total letdown. I had high hopes (because he makes the best looking food on TV), but it wasn’t much more exciting (or better) than a Chili’s.
Today we’re talking hot dogs, which are normally the farthest thing possible from garden fresh. But these particular dogs managed to incorporate my garden cucumbers and jalapenos… and a few other unique goodies!
A bahn mi is a Vietnamese sandwich that typically consists of some meat, topped with cucumber, cilantro and pickled carrots, plus different kinds of chiles or spicy sauces. I’ve seen the idea to use a hot dog as the meat several places, like here and here. I decided to take my favorite ideas from a few different recipes and put them all together!
- - ¼ cup mayonnaise
- - ¼ cup Sriracha sauce
- - 3 carrots, shredded
- - 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- - 1 tsp sugar
- - 1 cucumber, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
- - 2 jalapenos, thinly sliced
- - ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro
- - ¼ cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- - 8 hot dogs
- - 8 hot dog buns
- In a small bowl, combine mayo and Sriracha. Set aside.
- In another bowl, combine shredded carrots, apple cider vinegar and sugar. Toss together and let sit 10-15 minutes.
- Cook hot dogs and toast buns.
- To assemble, top hot dogs with Sriracha mayo, carrots, cucumbers, jalapenos, cilantro and peanuts.
These were so yummy. They were inspired by a random hot dog craving and the realization that I hadn’t had one since last summer. These may seem like a strange combination of flavors, but it really works. I love the idea of gourmet hot dogs… it makes them feel like such a special dinner!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
Sounds like you had a great time in San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to go to Sonoma. And that’s too bad that Guy Fierri’s restaurant wans’t any better!
I love this creative twist on a regular ‘ole hot dog, Jess! The Sriracha sauce really sets it apart. Gorgeous pictures, too!
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Annie @Maebells says
How fun are these hotdogs? I haven’t had a hot dog in probably five years, seriously. I don’t know why, it just hasn’t crossed my mind! These look great though, I love the sriracha mayo, I bet that is good on pretty much anything!
Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says
I’ve heard of Banh-Mi sandwiches – and I hear they are amazing! I’ve never had a chance to try one, but I definitely know I’d love to! What’s not to love in this sandwich – all those great vegetables and sriracha (one of my favorite things! I think this is a real winner!!! I love the jalapenos!
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I love putting unexpected topping on hot dogs. These Banh Mi Hot Dogs look amazing! So creative. That’s too bad about Guy Fieri’s restaurant. I’ve heard the same thing about his New York restaurant, but I love him on TV.
Isadora @ She Likes Food says
Hot dogs are my guilty pleasure and these ones look amazing! I love all the toppings you added and I bet that sriracha mayo is so good! I’ve always wanted to go to wine country, it looks beautiful and I love wine, so hopefully I will make it there someday! Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun 🙂 I hope you are enjoying all your garden veggies!
Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says
You were up in my neck of the woods for 4th of July! We were in San Francisco that day too! But filming a wedding, not exactly super exciting. Haha!
This hot dog sounds delicious! I love banh mi sandwiches, bet it’s great in hot dog form. Yum!
Kathi @ Laughingspatula.com says
I’ve heard that Johnny Garlic’s isn’t so great…but your hot dogs look fabulous! Winner winner hot dog dinner! 🙂