Go Beyond Your Basic Hot Dog

No ketchup, mustard, or relish is involved in these three creative variations

Simple Week Night Meal Hot Dogs
Farideh Sadeghin

I've waxed poetic about mozzarella sticks, Australian Tim Tam cookies, and Little Caesar's Crazy Bread, so it probably comes to no surprise that one of my favorite foods are hot dogs; slightly junky but oh-so-delicious, I'll never turn one down.

While I love a humble dog with ketchup, mustard, or relish, these handheld bad boys are the perfect vehicle for a variety of creative toppings. So, the next time you set up a hot dog bar (because yes, this is something you should do and you should do it soon), surprise your guests with toppings to talk about. Make a Maryland dog with crab, corn, and Old Bay-spiced chips, throw potato salad on your dog, or put pineapple salsa and coleslaw on top for a little extra crunch.

And if you must, you can lay out some ketchup, mustard, and relish to add onto any of these hot dogs. Like I said, I support creativity.

Potato Salad Hot Dog

Potato Salad Hot Dog

You've probably gone to a barbecue where you've eaten both potato salad and hot dogs—just not together. That changes now. Get the recipe for Potato Salad Hot Dog »Farideh Sadeghin
Pineapple Avocado Hot Dog

Pineapple Salsa Hot Dog

Top your hot dog with pineapple, avocado, and red cabbage for added crunch and sweetness.Farideh Sadeghin
Maryland Crab Hot Dog

Maryland Crab Hot Dog

Buttery corn, fresh crab, and Old Bay-spiced potato chips are piled on top this Maryland-inspired hot dog.Farideh Sadeghin