Remember when I shared with you all about my Summer Vacation? I’m still dreaming about the food we had in Chicago and the one thing that has been on my mind the most, are those Chicago Dogs! Traditional Chicago Dogs consist of very specific ingredients. Nine ingredients to be exact! Ingredients that are hard to find in Southern California. Go figure! We can make awesome Fish Tacos with no problem, but Chicago Dogs? That’s a whole other story. You can’t recreate the perfect hot dog, without the right ingredients! Thank goodness for Google! I found an all-in-one-kit from the folks at Vienna Beef and after weeks of craving them (and talking non-stop about them with our family) we were finally able to have all the kids over for a Chicago Dog Party!
So what are the proper ingredients for a Chicago Dog?
- Steamed poppy seeds buns.
2. All beef Vienna hot dogs. No, you can’t substitute a regular hot dog. It has to be all beef! Trust me on this!
Please note, it won’t be a *real* Chicago Dog if you don’t layer the toppings on your dog in the proper order. I don’t know if there are Chicago Dog police anywhere, but why take chances? Tradition dictates you “drag it (your hot dog) through the garden” in the following order:
3. and 4. Yellow mustard followed by Chicago style neon green pickle relish!
5. Chopped white onion
6. Tomato wedges
7. Kosher Dill pickle spear
8. Two or three Sport Peppers (If you don’t live in Chicago or the surrounding areas, you may have to order these online.)
And finally, the last ingredient!
9. Celery Salt
And that, friends, is how you assemble a traditional “Chicago Dog!” A perfect cornucopia of flavors! A little tang from the pickle and onion, a bit of sweet from the relish, a fun bit of heat from the sport peppers and mustard, the tomato wedges cools it all down, and the celery salt blends in with the all-beef dog and the steamed bun perfectly!
Now THAT is a flavor combination worth remembering (and recreating often!)
If you want to make your own Chicago Dogs and don’t have the right ingredients either, I found all mine at Vienna Beef! What food memories do you have from vacations that you’d like to recreate at home? Let me know! I’d love to hear all about them!