Main Dish | June 29, 2017

Gourmet Hot Dogs – Four Ways

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.

Gourmet Hot Dogs – Four Ways overhead shot

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.

woman eating tropical hot dog in hawaii

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.

Gourmet Hot Dogs – Four Ways overhead shot with plantain strips

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.

Gourmet Hot Dogs – Four Ways on platter

I’m curious – what do you eat on your hot dog?  Would you be open to trying one of these gourmet dogs?

5 from 1 vote
The Poi Dog with Coconut Relish
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

These'll have your family saying, "MAHALO!"

Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: hawaiian
Keyword: coconut relish, gourmet hot dog, poi dog
Calories: 1264 kcal
Author: Kadee
Garlic Lemon Aioli
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
Coconut Relish
  • 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
Garlic Lemon Mayo
  1. In a small skillet heat oil and cook garlic until fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine.
Coconut Relish
  1. 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.
  2. Set aside to cool.
Nutrition Facts
The Poi Dog with Coconut Relish
Amount Per Serving (1 CUP)
Calories 1264 Calories from Fat 846
% Daily Value*
Fat 94g145%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 52mg17%
Sodium 3132mg136%
Carbohydrates 101g34%
Sugar 102g113%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 5.5mg7%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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