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Gourmet Hot Dogs

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Last week, I introduced three variations of gourmet hog dogs - Banh Mi, Peach Salsa and Pizza dogs. This week, I introduce three more variations to make your traditional hot dogs stand out. offer one variation or all six and your Independence Day celebration will be a hit!

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Guacamole Hot Dog

Makes four servings

• 4 hot dogs, any brand

• 1 avocado, peeled and pitted

• 1 Tbl. lime juice

• ¼ teas. each salt and pepper

• 4 hot dog buns

• 4 small Romaine lettuce leaves

• ¼ c. red onion, chopped

• Hot sauce for drizzling

Cook hot dogs according to package directions. In a medium bowl, mash the avocado with the lime juice; season with salt and pepper. Place a hot dog in each bun and, dividing evenly, top with the lettuce, mashed avocado, and onion. Drizzle with the hot sauce.

Bacon Barbeque Dog

Makes four servings

• 4 slices bacon

• 4 hot dogs, any brand

• 4 hot dog buns

• ¼ c. barbeque sauce

• 4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, six to eight minutes; let cool, then crumble. Meanwhile, cook the hot dogs according to the package directions. Place a hot dog in each bun and, dividing evenly, top with the barbecue sauce, cheddar and bacon.

Mac and Cheese Dog

Makes four servings

• 4 hot dogs, any brand

• 4 hot dog buns

• ½ c. Panko breadcrumbs

• 1 Tbl. chopped parsley

• 1 Tbl. vegetable oil

• ¼ teas. each salt and pepper

• 1 c. prepared macaroni and cheese

Cook the hot dogs according to the package directions. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together the breadcrumbs, parsley, oil, salt and pepper. Bake until golden, four to six minutes. Place a hot dog in each bun and, dividing evenly, top with the mac and cheese and the bread crumbs.

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