BLAST Off Dogs! Bacon-Lettuce-Avocado-Serrano-Tomato Dogs

Aired July 3, 2013

Serves Serves 12-16
24 halved Serrano peppers
1 small red onion, sliced
A small handful cilantro or parsley leaves
1 teaspoon coriander seed
1/2 cup rice wine or white wine vinegar
1 cup water
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons kosher or coarse sea salt
1 pound good quality smoky, thick-cut bacon
3 avocados, sliced
2 limes
3 vine-ripe tomatoes halved and sliced
Celery salt and pepper
12 to 16 hot dogs, pork or beef
12 to 16 hot dog rolls, brioche, potato or roll of choice
Shredded iceberg or romaine heart
Ketchup and mustard


Place Serrano peppers and onions in a small container with cilantro or parsley leaves, and coriander seed. Bring vinegar, water, sugar and salt to a low boil in a small saucepan and pour over the top of the peppers. Cool and store several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375F. Arrange bacon on a slotted broiler pan and bake to crisp, 20 minutes.

Dress sliced avocado with lime juice. Dress the tomatoes with celery salt and pepper.

Par-boil the hot dogs a few minutes in simmering water to heat through then crisp up casings on a grill or griddle. Toast rolls.

Fill rolls with sliced crisp bacon, lettuce, avocado, Serrano peppers, tomatoes and dogs and top with drizzles of ketchup and mustard.

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