How many hot dogs have you eaten this summer? While I do not make it a priority meal in my home, it does seems to be a very common fare at BBQs and summer gatherings. This summer has been packed with activities for us and I simply can’t resist a juicy, well dressed hot dog. Does that happen to you?
What’s not so appealing is when you go to the 10th party of the summer and all you keep seeing is ketchup, mustard, and mayo next to the buns and franks. That can get old which is why I love, love, love to play with different toppings for hot dogs and burgers. A topping bar is so easy to put together and can go a long way. Think of having various types of cheeses, both fresh and sundried tomato, lettuce and coleslaw, plain mayo and flavored ones, ketchup and sriracha… those are some basic and simple ideas. But if you want to get fancy, having caramelized onions will sure be a hit.
These are my adult (and some daring kids) approved caramelized onions. Even thou I kind of exclude most kids is mainly because some can be picky but if your kid is a foodie my my Little L, the touch of smoky heat on these onions are really not a problem at all. To make them I start a base of classic caramelized onions and just at the end I kit them with some stone ground mustard for some acidity and texture, and my secret weapon Tabasco Chipotle sauce. This sauce is one of my favorite when cooking sauces, stews, and meats. It has a rich, smokey flavor that’s not fiery hot. This thick bodied sauces gives smoke without fire and is ideally balanced in heat and flavor.
Oh my! Can you imagine taking a bite of this hot dog perfection. To assemble it I simply warmed up a bun, added cheese, placed a cooked frank and covered it with these Chipotle Caramelized Onions.
It only took three bites. And as you can see I keep my Tabasco Chipotle bottle in hand cause I like to add a few more drips on my dogs.
You can moderate the heat on the onions and let your guests add more heat to taste. Is that good ad that simple. Use them not only in hot dogs and burgers, also on chicken, steak, pizza, or sandwiches. Enjoy!
- 3 medium yellow onions, sliced really thin
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
- 1 tablespoons (or to taste) Tabasco Chipotle sauce
- In a large sauté pan, melt butter on medium-low heat until it starts to foam almost get brown.
- Add onions and cook stirring occasionally.
- Let the onions cook slow until they turn golden brown, around 30 minutes.
- Once they seemed to have caramelized, add salt, mustard, and Tabasco Chipotle sauce.
- Stir well to coat all the onions and cook for about five more minutes,
- Serve warm.
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