To help start summer right, we decided to come up with a fun and delicious new way to enjoy that classic summer nosh the hot dog.
So instead of grilling the hot dogs, then slapping them in buns, we wrapped pizza dough "buns" around the hot dogs, then grill them. The result is a wonderfully crispy grilled bread surrounding a juicy dog. And since these hot dogs are perfect for dipping, we created a trio of condiments to get you started.
Hot Dog Dippers
AP Photo - - Instead of grilling hot dogs and serving them on buns, try wrapping pizza dough “buns” around the hot dogs and then grilling them.
Start to finish: 30 minutes. Serves 8.
For the chipotle ketchup:
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 tablespoon adobo sauce
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
For the citrus mustard:
1/2 cup brown mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Zest of 1/2 orange
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
For the pimento cheese relish:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
4-ounce jar chopped pimento, drained
1 teaspoon hot sauce
For the hot dogs:
20-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
8 hot dogs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Heat a grill to medium-high.
To prepare the chipotle ketchup, in a small bowl stir together the minced chipotle, adobo sauce, ketchup and paprika.
To prepare the citrus mustard, in a small bowl stir together the mustard, mayonnaise, both zests, the black pepper, honey and vinegar.
To prepare the pimento cheese relish, in a small bowl, blend the mayonnaise with the cream cheese and cheddar until smooth. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, relish, pimento and hot sauce.
To make the hot dogs, divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a snake 24 inches long. Wrap each hot dog with one of the lengths of dough, spiraling the dough around the length of the hot dog. Place the wrapped hot dogs onto a tray. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each wrapped hot dog with a bit of the oil.
Grill for 12 to 15 minutes, turning every few minutes, until golden brown on all sides. Serve with the condiments in small cups for dipping.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 22 calories; 1 calories from fat (5 percent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 255 mg sodium.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 63 calories; 22 calories from fat (33 percent of total calories); 2 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 2 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 203 mg sodium.
Pimento cheese relish:
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 107 calories; 77 calories from fat (72 percent of total calories); 9 g fat (4 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 21 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 183 mg sodium.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 346 calories; 185 calories from fat (53 percent of total calories); 21 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrate; 11 g protein; 1 g fiber; 856 mg sodium.