This year we’ve had a rather chilly and rainy summer in Munich which I’m certain has dampened many an outdoor picnic or grilling session. But one of my favorite activities is INDOOR picnics and grilling sessions. With a little creativity and a grill pan or electric grill ala George Foreman you can make a good dog regardless of the weather. One Saturday I picked up some various “hot dogs” and sausages from my local market and set out to find my favorite one. Since we don’t have Ball Park Franks in Germany, my favorite was a sausage from northern Germany which was a thick and savory one with just the right amount of spices. I fired up my Le Creuset grill pan on the stove top and within minutes had toasted my bun and grilled my sausage to perfection. Beforehand I had prepared this delicious topping with onions and sweet Thai Chili sauce. Put beside some homemade cole slaw and a cold beer and I was in summer heaven. The recipe is simple, quick and easy and quite addictive, so if you’re considering doubling the recipe, go ahead, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. I could imagine it on hamburgers, grilled chicken or even scrambled eggs! I made my cole slaw the way my Mother often did with shredded white and red cabbage, diced sweet onion, grated carrot, a little sugar, salt and freshly ground pepper, and mayonnaise. My personal addition is a splash or two of rice wine vinegar. So the next time those rain clouds threaten to postpone your summer cookout, have no fear, and take it inside.
Sweet chilli dogs
Slightly Modified Recipe by: BBC Food
- 4 fat sausages or hot dogs of choice
- 2 onions , one red, one white
- 4 tbsp sweet Thai chilli sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 4 hot dog buns
- Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Spread the sausages in a roasting tin and cook for 20-25 minutes, turning, until golden and cooked through.
- Meanwhile, fry the onions in a splash of oil over a high heat until almost softened and browning. Stir in the sweet chilli sauce and tomato purée with some seasoning, and cook for 1 min more.
- Split the hot dog buns, add a spoonful of the sweet chilli onions, top with a sausage, then a spoonful more onions.