Seattle dogs

Superbowl Eats: Seattle Dogs

Seattle dogs

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.

Seattle Eats

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.

Seattle Dogs

Ingredients:

  • 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

To Prepare:

  1. Slice the hot dogs or sausages length-wise, and place them face down on your grill or skillet to cook all the way through.
  2. 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.
  3. Warm the cream cheese over low heat in a small skillet until very soft (or microwave).
  4. 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.

Assembly:

  1. Spread 1 oz warm cream cheese on each toasted hot dog bun.
  2. Add a hot dog or sausage, and spread the brown mustard on the hot dog.
  3. Top with onions, and sauerkraut, if desired.
  4. 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.

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Story by Lindsey Chester.

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