so simple it's stupid
Chicago Style Hot Dog Relish
makes your dog a gourmet lunch
Everyone I have served this to has said, "Oh my gosh, that's sooo good, how did you DO that?" I can't pretend it was hard, but I'll take credit for being clever. :-)
This is one of those things that's so simple I can't figure out why I didn't think of it, or see it done, sooner. Most of the time, I can take or leave hot dogs. They're just such a one-note flavor and texture. I guess I wanted to add some dimension to my dog, get some veggies involved, and we had recently been to Chicago, so...
Prep time: ten minutes.
- One ripe, firm tomato.
- 1/4 to 1/2 fresh onion, sweet or sharp as you prefer
- Kosher or dill pickles, any shape. I like Vlasic Dill Stackers, which are salty and sour.
- Chop the tomato up small. No need to peel or remove seeds.
- Peel the onion if necessary, and chop small.
- Chop up the pickles.
- I like a mix of about 2 parts tomato to 1/2 part onion to 1/2 part pickle, but it's really a matter of taste and whatever you want to use up. That's it. The pickles are salty enough that no seasoning is necessary. This is especially tasty on bratwurst with mayo and mustard, with the bun lightly buttered and toasted... Mmmm.