Monday, May 4, 2015

Recreating the Chicago Style Hot Dog of My Youth

I admit that there are hundreds of recipes for Chicago style hot dogs.  Having grown up in Chi-Town, it was not uncommon for me to buy Chicago style hot dogs in local restaurants and from any number of street vendors. The Chicago Style Hot Dog was and still is a daily part of native Chicagoans life. 
Now that I have been away from my hometown for decades, I have found it hard to capture the exact taste of a true Chicago style hot dog. However, I could be just more than a little bias on the subject. 

Therefore, searching my memory for what I have been missing, I have pulled together these ingredients to recreate what I believe is the closest I will come to a true Chicago Style Hot Dog.

Chicago Style Hot Dog 


Large Vienna Beef Hot Dogs in their natural skins
Steamed Poppy Seed Bun/ Wheat Buns
Diced Spanish Sweet Onions
Sweet Pickle Relish
Tomato wedges
Celery Salt or Gumbo File
Kosher Dill Pickle
Serrano Sport Peppers
Cucumber, sliced
Ketchup, If Desired


There are four methods for cooking a Chicago Style Hot Dog.
  1. Use an Old Fashioned Hot Dog Roller 
  2. Deep fried hot at 375 degrees for 2 to 3 minutes, no more than that amount of time,
  3. Steam it, or 
  4. Grill it.
The way in which you cook it is up to you. However, a Chicago Style Hot Dog is not perfect without the above ingredients.