Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

March 2009
Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

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We're losing our minds over the ultimate game-day meal: a juicy hot dog rubbed with smoky spices, stuffed with melted cheddar, and topped with mounds of sweet and spicy chipotle onions.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 20 mins

  • 4 franks
  • 2 tablespoons grill seasoning
  • 2 deli slices sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small onions, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 hot dog buns
  1. Preheat the broiler. Make a slit lengthwise down each frank, being careful not to cut all the way through. Place the grill seasoning and franks in a plastic bag; shake to coat. Place the franks on a baking sheet and stuff each with 2 or 3 strips of cheese.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until softened and golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the brown sugar, chipotle, adobo sauce and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes.
  3. Butter the insides of the buns and place face up on the baking sheet with the franks. Broil until the cheese melts and the buns are toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Assemble the hot dogs and top with the caramelized onions.
Tip Get ahead
  • Stuff the franks, prepare the onions and refrigerate up to 1 day ahead; then on game day, just heat, assemble and dig in!