Summertime is time for hotdogs and hamburgers, chicken and ribs, coleslaw, potato salad, and all those other wonderful picnic foods, but Paul and I enjoy hotdogs year-round. We have a few favorite places in Connecticut, like Blackie's in Cheshire or Dalla Riva's Hotdog Cart seasonally in Kent, where we like to stop when we can for a dog or two.
Most places just offer standard sides - mustard, ketchup, chopped onions, sauerkraut; others have signature relishes or chili. Of course, we like to stop and try every hotdog cart or stand we pass and test out any unique condiments they may offer.
We like things spicy and the relish below I developed a number of years ago to satisfy our taste buds. Turns out a lot of our friends enjoy it too, so I always bring some along when we are invited to a barbeque. If you want to add a completely new dimension to your plain ol' dog - a little spicy with a bit of a crunch - give this recipe a try. It is a staple in my refrigerator over the summer months. BETH’S SPICY HOTDOG RELISH
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/4 cup chopped Dill Pickle
1/4 cup chopped Sweet Pickles
1/4 cup small Capers
1/4 cup chopped Red Onion
1/4 cup Gulden's Mustard
1/4 cup Ketchup
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce (optional)
DIRECTIONS Just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, spoon into a jar, cap and chill; can be stored in the refrigerator for the summer.