One of America’s Favorites – Chicago-Style Hot Dog

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Chicago-style hot dog

A Chicago-style hot dog, Chicago Dog, or Chicago Red Hot is an all-beef frankfurter on a poppy seed bun, originating from the city of Chicago, Illinois. The hot dog is topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. The complete assembly of a Chicago hot dog is said to be “dragged through the garden” due to the many toppings. The method for cooking the hot dog itself varies depending on the vendor’s preference. Most often they are steamed, water-simmered, or less often grilled over charcoal (in which case they are referred to as “char-dogs”).

The canonical recipe does not include ketchup, and there is a widely shared, strong opinion among many Chicagoans and aficionados that ketchup is unacceptable. A number of Chicago hot dog vendors do not offer ketchup as a condiment.

Many sources attribute the distinctive collection of toppings on a Chicago-style wiener to historic Maxwell Street and the “Depression Sandwich” reportedly originated by Fluky’s in 1929 The founders of Vienna Beef frankfurters—the most common brand served today, first sold at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago—and the proprietors of Fluky’s were both Jewish, which may account for the wieners’ pork-free, kosher-style character.

A char-dog with ends cut cervelat-style

The “dragged through the garden” style is heavily promoted by Vienna Beef and Red Hot Chicago, the two most prominent Chicago hot dog manufacturers, but exceptions are common, with vendors adding cucumber slices or lettuce, omitting poppyseeds or celery salt, or using plain relish or a skinless hot dog. Several popular hot dog stands serve a simpler version: a steamed natural-casing dog with only mustard, onions, plain relish and sport peppers, wrapped up with hand-cut french fries, while the historic Superdawg drive-ins notably substitute a pickled tomato for fresh. Many vendors, including Portillo’s, offer a Chicago-style dog with cheese sauce, known as a cheese-dog.

Chicago-style hot dogs are cooked in hot water or steamed before adding the toppings. A less common style is cooked on a charcoal grill and referred to as a “char-dog”. Char-dogs are easily identifiable because very often the ends of the dog are sliced in crisscross fashion before cooking, producing a distinctive cervelat-style “curled-x” shape as the dog cooks. Some hot dog stands, such as the Wieners Circle, only serve char-dogs.

The typical beef hot dog weighs 1/8 of a pound or 2 ounces (57 g) and the most traditional type features a natural casing, providing a distinctive “snap” when bitten.

The buns are a high-gluten variety made to hold up to steam warming, typically the S. Rosen’s Mary Ann brand from Alpha Baking Company.

Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo’s

The Chicago area has more hot dog restaurants than McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King restaurants combined. A “hot dog stand” in Chicago may serve many other items, including the Maxwell Street Polish, gyros, pork chop and Italian beef sandwiches, corn dogs, tamales, pizza puffs and Italian ice. The restaurants often have unique names, such as The Wieners Circle, Gene & Jude’s, Gold Coast Dogs or Mustard’s Last Stand; or architectural features, like Superdawg’s two giant rooftop hot dogs (Maurie and Flaurie, named for the husband-and-wife team who own the drive-in). One of the most popular vendors of the Chicago-style dog are Chicago’s professional sports teams; in fact, those sold at Wrigley Field are affectionately known as “Wrigley Dogs”.

Portillo’s is the top vendor of this variation of hot dog regionally. After Portillo’s, Boz Hot Dogs (aka Bozo’s) and Scooby’s Red Hots have the most locations and thus also are top vendors of Chicago Style Red Hots.

One of America’s Favorites – Half-Smoke

February 8, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A half-smoke is a “local sausage delicacy” found in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region. Similar to a hot dog, but usually larger, spicier, and with more coarsely-ground meat, the sausage is often half-pork and half-beef, smoked, and served with herbs, onion, and chili sauce.

Halfsmokes from Weenie Beenie

The etymology of “half-smoke” possibly comes from the original half-pork, half-beef composition, the ingredients and smoked method of preparation. Another possible explanation is that the texture and flavor is halfway between smoked sausage and a regular hot dog. Yet another explanation is that it refers to cooks cutting the sausage in half when grilling. Composition of the sausages varies by brand and some brands even make more than one kind. A half-smoke can be half pork, half beef, all beef, or anything in between. It can be steamed instead of smoked. The company thought to be the originator of the sausage, Briggs & Company, was sold by its owner, Raymond Briggs, in 1950 without clarifying the origin of the name. The products sold under the name generally have a genuine or artificial smoke flavoring and coarser texture than a regular hot dog; these are the key features that distinguish them.

The “original” half-smoke is considered to be the sausage distributed by D.C.’s Briggs and Co. meatpackers, originating in around 1950, though Raymond Briggs started selling his half-smokes in about 1930. Eventually, Briggs was sold to another meat distributor, where, by some accounts, the quality of the meat declined.

Numerous hot dog carts in Washington, D.C., sell steamed half-smokes, with those on Constitution Avenue catering to tourists and those on Pennsylvania Avenue and many other hot dog carts throughout the downtown area serving federal employees. Half-smokes are the “official dog” of the Washington Nationals. The most prominent location is often cited as Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington’s U Street neighborhood, which has long been a center of Black Washington, and was an essential stop for President-elect Barack Obama in 2009.

Another popular location for half-smokes is the Weenie Beenie in South Arlington, Virginia, located near the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park trail. Founded in 1950, it pre-dates Ben’s Chili Bowl. Among newer purveyors is Meats & Foods, on Florida Avenue just east of Ben’s Chili Bowl, which makes its own handmade version of the sausage.

Healthy Ham Recipes

December 2, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Ham Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Ham Recipes with recipes including Mexican-Style Ham and Egg Breakfast, Marmalade-Horseradish-Rosemary Glazed Ham, and Ham and Jam Crispbreads. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ham Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ham recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mexican-Style Ham and Egg Breakfast
Packed with protein and lower in carbs, these ham and egg breakfast sandwiches with guacamole will keep you full all day………………

Marmalade-Horseradish-Rosemary Glazed Ham
Orange marmalade, whole-grain mustard, and horseradish are combined with fresh rosemary to make a sensational glaze for this delicious ham. It’s a perfect main dish for a holiday gathering or family reunion………………

Ham and Jam Crispbreads
Smørrebrød is the Danish name for open-face sandwiches served on rye. Eating fiber-rich rye crisps (or rye bread) at breakfast (instead of white bread) may help you feel satisfied longer and help keep blood sugar levels steady. This version features lingonberry jam (yes, the kind you find at IKEA), ham and chives………………………….

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Ham Recipes
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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Grilled Turkey and Swiss Sandwich

November 27, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Grilled Turkey and Swiss Sandwich. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Mustard, Reduced Calorie Salad Dressing, Tarragon Leaves, Sliced Sourdough Bread, JENNIE-O® Original Oven Roasted Slicing and Shaving Turkey Breast, Reduced Calorie Swiss Cheese, and Butter. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Grilled Turkey and Swiss Sandwich
This delicious Grilled Turkey and Swiss Sandwich (the grown-up version of a grilled cheese) is ready in just 15 minutes. Your entire family will love the layers of melted cheese, oven roasted deli turkey and flavorful mustard spread in this sandwich.

Total Time 15 Minutes
Serving Size 4 Servings

Ingredients
1½ tablespoons mustard
1½ tablespoons reduced-calorie salad dressing
½ teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
8 slices sourdough bread
8 ounces sliced JENNIE-O® Original Oven Roasted Slicing and Shaving Turkey Breast, from the service deli
8 slices reduced-calorie Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons butter

Directions
1) In small bowl, combine mustard, dressing and tarragon.

2) Spread bread slice with mustard mixture. Layer 4 slices of bread with turkey and cheese. Top with remaining bread slices.

3) In skillet, melt butter over medium heat.

4) Cook sandwiches 3 minutes per side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information
Calories 330
Protein 24g
Carbohydrates 18g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Fat 18g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 820mg
Saturated Fat 10g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/grilled-turkey-swiss-sandwich/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO SLOPPY JOE’S

October 28, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – BUFFALO SLOPPY JOE’S. Made using the Wild Idea Buffalo – PREMIUM GROUND BUFFALO. Sloppy Joe’s made healthier and still delicious! I use the PREMIUM GROUND BUFFALO when I make my Buffalo 3 Bean Chili. Using Buffalo makes everything better! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Italian Sausage along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wide Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

BUFFALO SLOPPY JOE’S
There is something about a Sloppy Joe that makes me feel like a kid again. It brings back fond memories of county fairs and the smell of roaster pans filled with this barbecue concoction. I like to make a batch up and have on hand when a hot sandwich is in order.
Ingredients:
2 – teaspoons olive oil
1 – onion, diced fine
2 – pounds Wild Idea Ground Buffalo
2 – teaspoons each: black pepper, cumin, mustard
1 – teaspoons each: salt, chili powder
2 – tablespoons brown sugar
1 – tablespoons garlic, chopped
¾ – cup ketchup
¾ – cup water
hamburger buns
pickles

Instructions:

1 – In heavy skillet over medium high heat, heat oil.
2 – Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes.
3 – Crumble ground buffalo into pan, stirring together and breaking into smaller pieces. Add spices while meat is browning and stir in.
4 – When the meat is browned, add ketchup and water, stir to incorporate and let come to full heat.
5 – Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve on hamburger buns or smaller slider size buns.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/95037121-buffalo-sloppy-joes

 

 

 

Wild Idea Buffalo – PREMIUM GROUND BUFFALO 1 LB.
Wild Idea Ground Buffalo is a “must have” for countless healthy, meaty meals. We grind our finest roasts and steaks to bring you the most delicious ground buffalo on the planet. User friendly and very versatile, our 100% grass-fed, ground buffalo meat is packed with protein and minaturally low in fat and calories. Did we mention it’s delicious? Average 95% lean.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/collections/premium-ground-bison-burgers/products/1-lb-ground-buffalo

Wrapped Cheesy Turkey Franks

September 25, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have another Jennie – O Turkey Recipe to pass along, Wrapped Cheesy Turkey Franks. These are made using JENNIE-O® Turkey Franks, Refrigerated Pizza Dough, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, and Mustard. The Wrapped Cheesy Turkey Franks are 130 calories and 12 Carbs per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Wrapped Cheesy Turkey Franks
These lean turkey franks wrapped in flaky pastry and melted mozzarella make a great kid-friendly snack. This Wrapped Cheesy Turkey Franks recipe is ready in under 30 minutes and clocks in with less than calories per serving.

Total Time 30 Minutes
Serving Size 8 Servings

Ingredients
1 – (6-ounce) portion refrigerated pizza dough
1 ½ – ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 – (12-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Turkey Franks
2 – tablespoons ketchup
1 – tablespoon barbeque sauce
1 – teaspoon mustard

Directions
1) Heat oven to 425°F. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into 12 x 4-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle into 4 (4 x 3-inch) rectangles; cut each rectangle in half diagonally to form 8 triangles. Divide cheese evenly on triangles.
2) Place turkey frank at wide end of each triangle; roll up. Arrange rolls on baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
3) Bake 12 minutes or until golden.
4) In small bowl, combine ketchup, barbeque sauce and mustard. Serve with rolls.

Nutrition
Calories 130
Protein 7g
Carbohydrates 12g
Fiber 0g
Sugars 2g
Fat 6g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 560mg
Saturated Fat 2g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/wrapped-cheesy-turkey-franks/

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Grilled Turkey Sandwiches

August 28, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Grilled Turkey Sandwich. These Mouth-Watering Sandwiches are made using JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast, Butter, Mustard, Whole Grain Bread, American Cheese Slices, and ColeSlaw. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Grilled Turkey Sandwiches
These Grilled Turkey Sandwiches bring together slow-cooked turkey breast, crunchy coleslaw and melted cheese on grilled whole grain bread. It’s big on flavor, easy to prep, and kid-friendly, too!

Total Time 3 Hours
Serving Size 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 – (2 to 2 0.5-pound) package JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast

2 – tablespoons butter

1 – tablespoon mustard

8 – slices whole grain bread

4 – American cheese slices

1 ½ – cups prepared coleslaw

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove frozen turkey from white outer package only. Do not remove turkey from cooking bag. Place in a roasting pan with at least 2″ high sides.

2) Cut three ½” slits in top of cooking bag. Place pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls.

3) Roast turkey until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F. Cooking time is approximately 3 hours. During final 1 hour, check internal temperature by inserting thermometer into thickest part of breast. Remove from oven when internal temperature reaches 165°F.

4) Slice turkey. Refrigerate half of turkey for another use.

5) In small bowl, combine butter and mustard. Spread on bread. Place 4 slices of bread in sandwich maker or Panini press.

6) Add cheese and 3 slices turkey. Place remaining bread slices, buttered side up on turkey. Close sandwich maker and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.

7) Cut each sandwich in half to serve. Serve with coleslaw.

Nutrition – Per Serving

Calories 360
Protein 22g
Carbohydrates 30g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 5g
Fat 17g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 770mg
Saturated Fat 8g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/grilled-turkey-sandwiches/

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – JILL’S FAVORITE BUFFALO BURGERS

August 5, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – JILL’S FAVORITE BUFFALO BURGERS. Nothing like a good Burger. Especially when it’s a Wild Idea Buffalo Burger! The recipe uses Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo. I switched over to using Buffalo Meat over Beef after I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2. Not only is Buffalo healthier than Beef but its so much more delicious. If you’ve never tried Buffalo it’s time! You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

JILL’S FAVORITE BUFFALO BURGERS
This recipe adds a little extra savoriness to the 100% grass-fed goodness!

Ingredients:
(serves 6 to 8)
2 – pounds Wild Idea Premium Ground Buffalo
2 – tablespoons olive oil

1/2 – teaspoon mustard

1 – teaspoon ketchup

1 – teaspoon thyme

2 – teaspoon salt & pepper

Preparation:
1. Mix all ingredients, but Buffalo together.
2. Add Buffalo & mix thoroughly with hands. Pat into 6 patties.
3. Place in refrigerator to firm up burgers.
4. Grill over high heat for 3 minutes each side for Medium Rare. Dan & I like to drizzle a little more olive oil over and sear for another half minute per each side for medium. This give the burgers a bit of a crust on the outside.
5. Remove from the grill, and sprinkle with a high quality finishing salt. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

Serve on high quality buns, with your favorite toppings.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/jills-favorite-buffalo-burgers

 

GROUND BISON – BASIC COOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Our naturally lean ground buffalo is a healthy, delicious staple for all of your favorite ground meat dishes! You can literally go wild: grill, sear, bake, broil or sauté.

* Grilling: Cooking meat over hot coals or high gas fire. For best results, grill grate should always be clean and positioned close to heat. Inside grill temperature desired 500°. Recommend closing the grill lid during grilling time.

* Pan Searing / Pan Frying: Cooking meat in an oil rubbed heavy skillet, uncovered over medium high heat to high heat.

* Sautéing: Cooking meat quickly, in a small amount of oil or fat over medium high to high heat. If browning meat, sauté in small batches for best results.

* Broiling: Cooking meat in the oven on broil. Second rack placement is best.

* Baking: Cooking in oven at 325° to 375°. This method would be used for meatloaves and casseroles.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/ground-bison-basic-cooking-instructions

Wisconsin Beer Turkey Brat

July 3, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 1 Comment
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I’ve got another Delicious and Healthy Jennie – O Turkey Brat recipe to share with all of you, Wisconsin Beer Turkey Brat. We’ve had this a couple of times and love them! You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Bratwurst with toppings of Mustard, Sauerkraut, and Fried Onions. The recipe calls for 3 cups of Beer to simmer the Brats in before grilling them. I’ve found a Light Lager Beer gives them the most flavor. You can use any Beer for it though. You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other Delicious and Healthy recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Wisconsin Beer Turkey Brat

INGREDIENTS
3 cups beer
1 (19.5-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Lean Turkey Bratwurst
¼ cup mustard
5 reduced-calorie hot dog buns, split
1 cup sauerkraut
½ cup fried onions

DIRECTIONS
1) In large saucepan over medium heat, bring beer to simmer. Add brats. Simmer, covered, over low heat 20 to 25 minutes.
2) Prepare grill. Cook brats as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
3) Spread mustard on buns. Add brats. Top with sauerkraut and fried onions.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 260
Protein 19g
Carbohydrates 23g
Fiber 3g
Sugars 5g
Fat 10g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 1000mg
Saturated Fat 3g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/709-wisconsin-beer-turkey-brat

Easy Turkey Sausage Egg Bake

January 17, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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I have another Jennie – O Turkey Recipe to pass along to all of you; Easy Turkey Sausage Egg Bake. This one is made using JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage, Florentine Egg Substitute, Spinach, Skim Milk, Mustard, Whole Wheat Bread, and Cheddar Cheese. Start you morning off with a delicious and healthy Easy Turkey Sausage Egg Bake. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2020 https://www.jennieo.com/

Easy Turkey Sausage Egg Bake
Treat yourself to breakfast by prepping this hearty, carb-conscious bake the night before — then just hop out of bed and pop it in the oven. Under 300 calories per serving!

INGREDIENTS
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® All Natural* Turkey Sausage
1 (15-ounce) carton Florentine flavored cholesterol-free real egg product
1 cup chopped spinach
2 cups skim milk
½ teaspoon ground mustard
5 slices whole grain 100% whole wheat bread, cut into cubes
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS
1) Cook sausage as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Drain and set aside. Whisk together eggs, spinach, milk and mustard.
2) Lightly spray 8 ramekins or 10-ounce custard cups with non-stick cooking spray. Divide the bread among the ramekins. Top with sausage and pour egg mixture (about ½ cup) into each cup. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight. To bake, heat oven to 350°F. Place ramekins or cups on baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 260
Protein2 8g
Carbohydrates 12g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 4g
Fat 11g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 900mg
Saturated Fat 5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/652-easy-turkey-sausage-egg-bake

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