Thinking of things to make for dinner can sometimes make me want to rip my hair out. I get complaints of being sick of the same old things I make over and over and yet there are times I try something new and no one wants to eat it because it is unfamiliar. The other day I was in need of a Tough Day Dinner and I remembered some interesting hot dogs I saw at Aldi. They were Bavarian Style Hot Dogs. They looked lighter in color to your typical hot dog and they were also longer and skinnier. I am sure there are more details to what makes them “Bavarian” but this is all I have for you right now. Back to business, I remembered seeing these dogs at the store and I decided I was going to do dressed up dogs for dinner.
I knew that I needed to top them with something and of course since they were German Style Hot Dogs I knew that I needed to have some German sauerkraut and some Spicy brown Mustard. I wanted to have one more component that added some crunch. I immediately thought back to being in Arizona last Spring and the Sonoran Style Hot Dogs I had at a place called Simon’s Hot Dogs
If you aren’t familiar, Sonoran Hot Dogs are a typical street food in South America or places like Columbia and the dogs have unique sauces and toppings. The one I had at Simon’s was topped with crushed potato chips so I knew I had to add this to the dressed up dogs I was making for dinner.
I ran to Aldi on my way home from work and I picked up the package of hot dogs, brioche hot dog buns, a jar of German sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and a bag of thin and cripsy potato chips.
I came home and grilled these dogs up, stuck them in the bun, topped them with the cold sauerkraut, a schmear of spicy brown mustard and a couple of tablespoons of the crushed up potato chips.
This dinner was absolutely delicious, cost me ten dollars to make and we had some nice leftovers for lunch the next day. The crunch of the chips really added someting special to the hot dog.
This recipe really has inspired me to think up other ways to give my usual recipes a makeover. Adding some different ingredients to tradtional recipes is a great way to feed your family without them, and you, getting bored. Think about ways to add some different flavors and textures to your tradtional dishes.
I will be thinking of some new ways to spice up my typical Taco Tuesday and I will be sure to share! Let me know ways you have changed up dinner in the comments below!
For another Tough Day Dinner Recipe, Check Out my Recipe For Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs