The Chicago Dog

Hopefully this one will take you out to the ballgame in your mind.

 Claire Benoist

Nicknamed the “dragged through the garden” dog, this all-beef dog with relish, tomatoes, peppers, and pickles was a complete meal for a nickel in tough economic times. Thanks to its veggie-heavy content, van Kraayenburg calls it “one of the lightest—and dare I say, most nutritious—dogs out there. If you’re looking for a dog with sweet, spicy, and garden-fresh flavors, this is the one for you.” To stay authentic, though, “be sure to keep the ketchup far, far away.”

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 1 all-beef hot dog
  • 1 bun
  • Yellow mustard to taste
  • Neon-green relish to taste
  • 2 tomato wedges
  • 3 whole sport peppers
  • 1 dill pickle spear
  • Celery salt to taste

Pan-fry hot dog. Toward the end of cooking, steam bun. Place dog in bun. Top with a line of mustard, a spoonful or two of relish, tomato wedges, sport peppers, and a pickle spear. Sprinkle with a dash of celery salt.