I live in Chicagoland, home of the BEST hot-dogs on the planet.
Today I wiped out a package of Hebrew National hot-dogs (a very good brand, but not correct). What I did was a bad thing. I slapped them in generic buns, with NO poppy seeds. I wrapped them in paper towels and nuked them in the microwave. I ate them plain. NO bright yellow mustard, NO neon green relish, NO snow-white onions, NO slice of pickle or any sport peppers. NO thin wedges of red tomato. NO celery salt. I ATE THEM PLAIN. Oh My Goodness. I didn't even have the decency to wash them down with a frosty cold beer. I drank Diet Dr. Pepper.
Please, I ask you to pray for my forgiveness from the Hot-Dog Gods before I'm banished to the Culinary Purgatory of Bad Taste. I need your help. Please. I promise to never do this again. I am so very sorry.
Forgive me for I have been bad,
Chef Francis, the IceMan
* (Please be aware, that this post is not any attempt to promote or advertise "Vienna" products. It's just a plea based on my improper eating.)
History of the Chicago Hot Dog
The "Chicago Style" hot dog got its start from street cart hot dog vendors during the hard times of the Great Depression. Money was scarce, but business was booming for these entrepreneurs who offered a delicious hot meal on a bun for only a nickel. The famous Chicago Style Hot Dog was born! They'd start with a Vienna Beef hot dog, nestle it in a steamed poppyseed bun and cover it with a wonderful combination of toppings: yellow mustard, bright green relish, fresh chopped onions, juicy red tomato wedges, a kosher-style pickle spear, a couple of spicy sport peppers and finally, a dash of celery salt. This unique hot dog creation with a "salad on top" and its memorable interplay of hot and cold, crisp and soft, sharp and smooth, became America's original fast food and a true Chicago institution.
Edited by IceMan - 1/10/11 at 6:18am