Cary, NC — While folks in Cary may be disappointed that our Panthers are not playing in Superbowl XLIX, we can still host a party and watch the big game on Sunday, February 1, 2015.
CaryCitizen did a little research to find out what foods typically represent the two teams playing for the title this year: The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. This week, we have the Seattle classic: Seattle Dogs.
I must say that, in researching recipes for this article, I was expecting something with coffee in it to top the Seattle menu. After all, the Pacific Northwest is known to be a cold, dreary wet climate, and the residents drink gallons of coffee to maintain a semblance of happy energy.
Cream Cheese is Key
But, to my surprise, a quick scan on the internet kept bringing me back to the classic “Seattle Dog,” which uses cream cheese, of all things, as the signature condiment. Legend has it that a street bagel cart first created the recipe.
This regional favorite was popularized during the 1990’s during what is known as the “Grunge Era” in music as a quick late-night snack after the clubs closed at night. It is still a late night food cart staple after the bars close or at sporting events. Hence our thought that is should go perfectly with the Seattle Seahawks’ run at the big championship.
- 4 quality beef hot dogs, or even better, polish sausage
- 4 hot dog buns
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
- Spicy brown mustard
Optional: jalapenos, grilled peppers, sauerkraut
- Slice the hot dogs or sausages length-wise, and place them face down on your grill or skillet to cook all the way through.
- Meanwhile, start grilling the onions in about 1 T olive oil (either in another pan or beside the hot dogs). Cook slowly until the onions have softened and turned deep brown, about 15 minutes.
- Warm the cream cheese over low heat in a small skillet until very soft (or microwave).
- Toast your hot dog buns either on the grill beside the hot dogs or in the oven. If you use the oven, heat it to 350, place the buns on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast for about 5 minutes or until slightly crisped and browned.
- Spread 1 oz warm cream cheese on each toasted hot dog bun.
- Add a hot dog or sausage, and spread the brown mustard on the hot dog.
- Top with onions, and sauerkraut, if desired.
- Serves four hungry sports fans.
If you are a Seattle Seahawks fan, try serving these at your Superbowl Party. You’ll fit right in with the Seattle late night sports crowd.
Story by Lindsey Chester.