Hebrew National Hot Dog Extravaganza
Some of you may be thinking, “now wait, I thought Kristi was the vegetarian writer.” Well, I am. And I don’t eat beef hot dogs, but when we were presented with this opportunity right before Father’s Day, I knew Mr. Meaty and our kids would go crazy for a neighborhood hot dog party. We’re a blended-eater family. I’m a vegetarian, my husband is an omnivore and our kids are free to choose what they eat. For now, everyone else in the family eats meat occasionally.
Hebrew National provided me with some of their awesome all-natural hot dogs and I came up with the rest, including three topping options. (I also threw in a plate of meatless dogs for the veggie-heads in the party.) We enjoyed California Dogs, Chili Cheese Dogs and Kraut Dogs as well as some Mexican cheese dip and tortilla chips for our Father’s Day hot dog extravaganza.
Some people tend to get excited about meat on Mr. Meaty’s behalf. Now it’s not like I deny him access to meat. It’s just easier for us as a family to have limited meat in the house. But, when it comes to all-natural meats like Hebrew National hot dogs and other quick and easy meats, the kids and Mr. Meaty are super stoked when we get a chance to have them in the house. And, a chance to invite the neighbors over for a party and have everyone enjoy some fiesta toppings can’t be beat!
I chose the toppings based on our family’s all-time favorites (we often have hot dog and veggie dog dinners; or the kids have hot dogs and I have noodles or simply toppings). Chili is our all-time favorite, partly because I can just eat a bowl of it on its own. And, this summer, when we went to a family wedding in California, I enjoyed a veggie California dog at a famous local hot dog restaurant and it was fantastic! I wanted the fam and I to be able to enjoy this flashback to our vacation treat at home. So, I crafted the California dog toppings with mashed avocado, caramelized onion and salsa.
As for the saurkraut dogs, those are a traditional favorite. My grandparents actually came off the boat from Germany and used to make their own saurkraut all the time. So when I picked up a book on fermentation (by Wardeh of GNOWGLFINS), saurkraut was the first recipe I tried. And it turned out great! We paired that with caramelized onions and mustard. The theme of our party really celebrated family, with our family favorite topping, Chili; our family memories topping, California dogs; and my family history topping, saurkraut.
Mr. Meaty absolutely loved his special day and so did the kids and neighbors. I was so glad to be able to share my love of family with our little family and share a great meal of hot dogs (and veggie dogs) with our friends, thanks to Hebrew National!
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Hebrew National Hot Dog Party
- Hebrew National All-Beef Hot Dogs
- California Dog Toppings:
- 1 Avocado, mashed
- 1/4 cup caramelized onion
- 1/4 cup salsa
- Chili Dog Toppings:
- 2 cups Chili (can use “real” meat in lieu of meat sub)
- Mexican cheese
- Kraut Dogs:
- 2 cups saurkraut
- 1/2 cup Caramelized onions
- Mustard, to taste
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.