I’ve never been to Seattle but it’s my understanding that every night when the bars start closing party-goers flock to the hot dog stands. What they’re after is Seattle dogs!
So what to heck is a Seattle Dog? It’s basically a hot dog on a toasted bun that has been smeared with cream cheese and then topped with grilled onions!
There are other options including jalapeños and other peppers, sauerkraut or grilled cabbage and scallions. Condiments such as mustard (American yellow or spicy brown), barbecue sauce, and Sriracha sauce are favorites, while ketchup is used less often.
But it’s the cream cheese and grilled onions that define the Seattle Dog! It sounds like a weird combination but it is oh so delicious!
I think it’s neat to see how different regions come up with different ways to dress up hot dogs! If you’re just a dog and mustard kind of person you really need to give Seattle Dogs a try.
- 2 hot dogs
- 2 hot dog buns
- 1 onion halved and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 3 ounces cream cheese or more, i like a lot!
Heat the butter and oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sugar, cook for 20 minutes or until onions are caramelized, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
As the onions are caramelizing, heat the cream cheese in a pot until soft and warm but not melted. Just easily spreadable.
Cook the hot dogs according to the package directions and toast the buns.
Spread cream cheese on each warm bun. Top with a hot dog and onions.
Recipe based on one by sofie-a-toast
Photo by gailanng