Fully Loaded Hot Dogs

Fully Loaded Hot Dogs

If we were to play an impromptu word association game with the word beanie weenie, I bet I could guess your word. Is it ketchup? Ball game? Cheap? Can? Kid food? Fatty? Or did you just crinkle up your nose? Come on, don’t be snobby. We are only a couple sentences into this post and I know that you are starting to want a hot dog. Not yet? Well, how about one of these Fully Loaded Hot Dogs?
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Rifling through Granny’s recipes almost daily has gotten me very interested in the food of her time. For my birthday last month, my husband gave me a fascinating selection of vintage cookbooks. Several of them are WWII era books and  focus on convenience and money saving ingredients. Enter my new obsession with Jell-O. More on that in another post. (Don’t make me remind you not to be snobby.) Anyway, beanie weenies” were apparently a huge trend back in Granny’s day. They were easy, inexpensive, and comforting. I, for one, LOVE hot dogs and beans together. So knowing that cheap and easy doesn’t have the same appeal that it used to, I decided to transform the out-of-favor but full-of-flavor beanie weenies into fully loaded hot dogs.
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The fully loaded hot dog starts with the traditional beanie weenie sandwich – a hot dog bun topped with mustard, slathered with beans, melted cheese, and three hot dog halves. Ok fine, two halves are traditional. I snuck another one in there just for me you. You’re welcome.

Now to elevate the traditional money saver, pile it high with home made Brussels sprout slaw and caramelized onions. Tada! The Fully Loaded Hot Dog! This dish is the perfect solution for an upscale cookout this summer. Try it with sweet potato tots (from a bag, of course) or our fried onion ringsThis recipe is sure to please even the snobbiest of guests!

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Fully Loaded Hot Dogs

Fully loaded hot dogs are upscale hot dogs piled high with flavors from the past and present. So easy to make but almost impossible to stop eating!

  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • Dijon mustard to taste
  • 1 16 oz can baked beans
  • 8-12 slices white american cheese (Or use your favorite cheese. I used goat cheese on mine)
  • 1 package hot dogs
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced thin
  • pinch salt
  • pinch sugar
Brussels Sprout Slaw
  • about 16 Brussels sprouts
  • 3 T mayo
  • 1/8 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/8 t pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  1. First prepare the Slaw. Shred the Brussels sprouts with a sharp knife, mandolin, or a couple turns in a food processor. Saute for about 4 minutes until bright green and tender, but still crunchy.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir until well mixed, and refrigerate until the hot dogs are ready.

  3. Heat 2 T olive oil in skillet. Add red onion with a pinch of salt and cook slowly on very low heat for about 10-15 minutes until they are soft and start to turn slightly golden. Add a pinch of sugar and heat for a few more minutes. 

  4. While the onion caramelizes, open hot dog buns and place flat on a baking sheet. Spread Dijon mustard on both sides of each open bun. Pour a layer of beans on top making sure to cover the bun so that the exposed bread does not char. Top with cheese. Watching carefully, broil (about 6 inches from top of oven) for about 3-4 minutes or until cheese begins to bubble.

  5. Remove from oven and top with hot dog halves with cut side facing up. Broil for 3-4 more minutes. Remove from oven.

  6. Top each with a mound of cooled slaw and some strings of caramelized onion.

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