Cachorro Quente: Brazilian-Style Hot Dog

For some reason, we Brasileiros love to make everything our own. One of my favorite Brazilian-style foods has got to be our savory and saucy hot dog. I remember always wanting my mom to make it for me as a kid.

When I came to the US, I was highly disappointed with the dull version of a hot dog. It took me a while to get accustomed to a slab of grilled, unseasoned sausage on top of a cold roll, slathered with ketchup and mustard. But now, I’ve got to admit, you might see me in line for a Costco hot dog every now and then...

 In a Brazilian-style hot dog, we cook the dogs in a flavorful tomato sauce, filled with onion, peppers, and spices. But, we don’t stop the lovin’ there. We toast the rolls with butter until lightly golden, and then spread some mayonnaise on it. After assembling the dogs and sauce on the rolls, we top it off with some grated parmesan cheese and...ta-da!.....best hot dog of your life!

 Now, you may find that some Brasileiros, go even further and add other stuff onto their hot dog like, corn, peas, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, and potato straws. I prefer the simpler version, but you're welcome to experiment adding the extra ingredients! What do you think? Do these have what it takes to take over and make you forget about your grill?

Cachorro Quente

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 small green pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
1cup water
1 packet beef franks (8)
8 hot dog buns
Grated parmesan cheese
In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and peppers and sweat for about 4-5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water and franks and cook until sauce thickens.

Butter hot dog buns and toast until lightly golden.

To Serve: Spread mayonnaise on a bun, add frank and a bit of the tomato sauce, and top off with parmesan cheese.


Gina said...

I'm hiding this recipe from my husband, lol. He would eat one every night if I let him. He found a Brazilian rest. in the city recently and has been rubbing in what he has been trying.

shecanyoucan said...

Excellent post. Visually enticing and well written. Bravo!!!

Lazaro Cooks said...

Agree that a bland hot dog is nothing to wait in line for. A "costco dog", no chance.

Love the flavors on this dog. I've eaten a version of the Brazilian hot dog here in Miami.


Antor Biswas said...

On food, this is really something I'd like you to discuss with the dog's veterinarian because the sister dog does have a medical issue. I can tell you that I have had this issue with my own dog. He has allergies and has been on a variety of specialty foods over the years, not all of them very appealing to him, and we have had food strikes.