Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chicago Style Dogs and Homemade Fries

Phil and I were watching the Sandwich King on the Food Network this morning. Jeff Mauro, the host of the show, went to Gene and Jude's in River Grove, IL. Gene and Jude's is Phil's all time favorite hot dog spot. At Gene and Jude's they make homemade french fries and put them on top of their hot dogs. I do not like hot dogs, I know, crazy right! Jeff also made a bratwurst on his show today, which I really like so I decided to go get ingredients to fill both of our cravings today. There is a German Sausage shop close to where we live that I have been wanting to try, so I went and picked up Brats and Chicago dog ingredients. I decided to feature the dog because, well it looks much more appealing then my brat did.

Chicago dogs require a lot of ingredients  sport peppers, Chicago style relish, onion, dill pickle spear, mustard, tomato slices, celery salt. The dog must be Vienna Beef, and the bun should be steamed. Generally the bun is a poppy seed bun, I did not do a poppy seed bun because Gene and Jude's does a regular bun. Gene and Jude dogs only have mustard, relish, onion and sport pepper. Phil did a more traditional dog today and put all the ingredients. One important thing to note is that in order for a hot dog to be considered Chicago is that is must NOT have ketchup on it. A lot of Chicago hot dog stands do not even have ketchup because they consider putting ketchup on a hot dog a cardinal sin. Phil said that the dogs came out as good as any hot dog he has gotten from anywhere around Chicago. We even made homemade fries to top it off and boy were those AMAZING!

Chicago Style Hot Dogs and Homemade Fries


All beef Vienna Hot dogs
Hot dog buns (poppy seed or regular)
Tomatoes quartered
Dill pickle spear, sliced
Onion, minced
Sport peppers
Chicago style relish
Celery salt

Fill a large pot partway with water and bring to a boil. Place a steamer basket in pot.

Steam hot dogs for 15 minutes with a lid on the pot.

Take out dogs once they are done and steam buns the same way for 1 minute.

Top will all ingredients and enjoy.

Homemade Fries

4 medium baking potatoes
Vegetable oil
Kosher salt

Fill a large dutch oven halfway with vegetable oil. Heat oil to a temperature of 375 degrees on a deep fry thermometer.

Wash potatoes and cut into french frie size strips, leaving skin on.

Once oil is hot enough cook fries in oil for 8 minutes.

Drain on paper towels and top with kosher salt.

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  1. Love Chicago dogs and your fries look amazing. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  2. Yum! This looks so good. I seriously need a Chicago dog now:)