I have a really fun recipe for you today! I have some really creative gourmet twists on the classic hot dog – perfect for a hot dog bar this 4th of July. If you’ve missed some of our potluck ideas this week, we have them all linked here.
The Inspiration for Gourmet Hot Dogs
A few years ago my husband and I took a trip to Kauai. Near our hotel was a little hot dog shack called Puka Dog. We ate there on a whim and we were hooked! We had to go back again before we left. They are unique in the fact that their hotdog buns are tubes of bread that the hot dog slides into. They serve them up with a lemon garlic sauce and tropical relish. My favorite relish was the coconut! Which is one that I’ve re-created for you today. I’ll admit that this recipe isn’t spot on, but it’s still dang good and will bring a little island flare to your mainland celebration.
Here I am at a beachside shop in Kauai chowing down on my Puka Dog! If you ever visit Hawaii you MUST eat at Puka Dog and give me your review. Until then – whip up these tropical dogs.
The Line Up
While I was creating these Hawaiian hot dogs, I went a little crazy and created a few other gourmet combinations. I have for you:
- The Poi Dog – coconut relish & garlic aioli (recipe below)
- The Fido – chipotle mayo, pepper jack, and guacamole
- The Dawg – hot sauce, mozzarella, blue cheese, and green onions
- The Dingo – cream cheese, cheddar, and jalapeños
If you are partial to what I like to call “The Pup” (ketchup and mustard only) I want to challenge you to spread your wings and try something new! You might surprise yourself. Be sure to check out my video tutorial at the bottom of the post.
Because I was creating some gourmet dogs I also added added some gourmet sides. I was skeptical of these plantain chips, but they are super yummy! My dad was in town while I photographed this recipe and we loved snacking on these guys.
- 1/2 cup mayo
- juice from 1/2 of a lemon
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 bag flake coconut
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 1/3 of a jalepeno, seeded
- 1 tbsp mayo
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- In a small skillet heat oil and cook garlic until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
- Create a simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar disolves. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Set aside to cool.