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Giada Dogs (Hot dogs with peppers & mozzarella)

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Every summer, without fail, I crave hot dogs. A plain old hot dog will never suffice though, last summer it was the tijuana dog and bahn mi dog and this year, as inspired by Giada’s recent segment on the Today show, the Giada Dog. Pink’s (the famous Hollywood hot dog joint) is apparently adding the Giada dog to it’s list of celebrity-inspired dogs – though it isn’t on their online menu quite yet. The hot dog is topped with sauteed peppers and onions and mozzarella cheese.

Simple enough and sounded delicious. Because I’m never really a fan of hot dog or hamburger buns, I decided to serve the Giada dogs on garlic bread – just to keep with the Italian theme of course! 🙂

These hot dogs were amazing – it helps that we used high quality beef dogs – but the combination of dogs + peppers & onions + fresh mozzarella all on toasty garlic bread is insanely good.

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Giada Dogs (Italian hot dogs with peppers & mozzarella)

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Ingredients

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  • 3 bell peppers (variety of colors)
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt 
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 baguette or loaf of French bread
  • 4 hot dogs
  • 23 oz fresh mozzarella, diced

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice peppers and onion.

  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat and add peppers and onions, cooking for about 5-7 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

  3. In a small bowl, stir garlic into butter until mixed.

  4. Grill or broil hot dogs.

  5. Slice baguette in 4 even pieces, and then cut in half horizontally and spread butter mixture on bread. Broil bread for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.

  6. Top with hot dog, pepper mixture and mozzarella cheese.

  7. Broil until cheese is golden brown and bubbly, 2-3 minutes.


Notes

  • Use a variety of peppers (orange, red, yellow)

 I used Fork In The Road Honest Dogs with Pasture-Raised Beef and I highly recommend them. They may only be available on the West Coast at this point, but keep your eye out for them at your local health food store or Whole Foods, they have delicious products and the key to good hot dogs is – good hot dogs. 🙂 

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  1. Faith @ For the Health of It

    I always start craving the unique hot dog combos when I see articles like “10 most creative hot dog recipes” or “Americas best hot dogs” in summer editions of magazines. I totally need to do up a veggie dog with all these peppers and the gooey mozzarella – it looks AMAZING!

  2. Liz @ Southern Charm

    Love the italian theme!! These look amazing!! And garlic bread? So smart!

    In New Orleans, we now have a restaurant that just serves hot dogs. Yes, you heard me. They also have a stand right outside a local hospital (that I drive by every day after work). I usually resist, but I think you sparked a craving 🙂

    • Emily

      There is a new one coming to LA too, I’m excited! A few of our favorite burger places also offer a hot dog or two, but I can never bring myself to order a hot dog over a burger!