This summer weekend kick-off sets a spark in us as the grills get hot and start smokin’ and our grill masters are sweating to the sizzle of the steaks, burgers and ribs hoping they are perfectly cooked.
Then there are city slickers who are in the summer mood and don’t have the grilling tools but do have the convenience of walking up to the local, crème de la crème shiny hot dog cart on the corner.
What a great way to enjoy a hot dog while sitting in the park on the lawn or a bench and bite into a crunchy dog with the juice from the spicy onions dripping down your arm.
This is one of the most memorable ways to enjoy a hot dog during the warm weather months when you are in the big city.
But how about when you get home and want to create the same taste experience? It’s not always easy — except in this one particular instance the onions can be bought in a jar in your local supermarket (but I bet they don’t taste like the ones from the corner hot dog cart).
OR you can make the spicy onions at home with a few basic ingredients you probably have in the fridge and pantry. Yes, I’m going to share this very tasty and easy to prepare recipe for “Hot Dog Onions”.
I’ve kept this recipe to myself for many years because it was so simple and I thought no one would be interested. Though I have a suspicion that there are many of you already making a recipe that is very similar.
This recipe is flexible. Use as many or as few onions as you like and use as much or as little ketchup according to your taste and if you like more spicy flavors you can add your favorite hot sauce as well. The longer you simmer the onions with the ketchup the more the flavors blend together.
- 3 large onions sliced (big yellow or sweet)
- 1-2 TBLS. butter (or butter alternative)
- 2-3 TBLS. ketchup
- ½ cup water
- pinch of salt and pepper
- hot pepper flakes (optional)
- Add the butter to a medium sauce pan to melt, then add the sliced onions and stir with a wooden spoon until the onions have been coated with the melted butter.
- Add the salt, pepper and the hot pepper flakes and stir just to blend.
- Cover and cook on medium heat until the onions have softened, about 10 minutes.
- Add the ketchup to the onions and stir and then add water a little at a time. You may not need all the water. Cover and simmer for another 10 minutes or just until everything is well blended and the onions are soft.
- Serve as topping for hot dogs or on burgers.
You can definitely make these in advance for convenience and I always make extra to freeze for the next time.
Add these onions to burgers, steak or sausage sandwiches on the deck with cold glass of iced tea.
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