Stuart Forster shares his Spanish hot dog recipe; a tasty, easy to cook dish that probably has little to do with Spain.
Looking for recipes with hot dogs? This quick and easy hotdog recipe is based on a dish that I used to enjoy as a youngster during school holidays. Spanish hotdogs were a treat that me and my brother would look forward to for much of the six weeks holidays. Served with a glass of Coca-Cola, we’d have them on the final Friday of the seemingly never-ending summer holiday.
The history of Spanish hot dogs
Spanish hot dogs were served at a pub called The Shoulder of Mutton at West Herrington in Sunderland. Curiously, I can’t recall anyone ever referring to the pub by that name. It was always known as The Stackyard; the name now displayed on the pub’s signs.
Horse brasses and Toby jugs used to hang from The Stackyard’s exposed wood beams. We’d normally sit at one of the corner tables, which were covered with shiny beaten copper and beermats. In places, the metal of the tabletop would sink if we pressed it, then boing upwards when we removed our fingers.
The Stackyard is a short walk from Herrington Country Park. I recently checked pub’s menu and found that Spanish hot dogs are, unfortunately, not listed.
Presumably, that has nothing to do with any European Union protected designation of origin. Nor is it likely to be related to the anti-European stance of many Sunderland’s voters during the Brexit referendum. Approximately 61 per cent of Sunderland’s votes were to leave the European Union. That said, my guess is that Spanish hot dogs were taken off The Stackyard’s menu long before the referendum of 23 June 2016.
During the first of England’s seemingly never-ending coronavirus lockdowns I developed this recipe. It’s a homage to the Spanish hot dogs that I used to enjoy at The Stackyard.
Spanish hot dog ingredients
The ingredients for this this tasty hot dog recipe for two people are:
- 4 hot dogs (2 per person is normally sufficient)
- A baguette (a miniature baguette is ideal. Alternatively, use half a full-sized baguette)
- 2 cheese slices
- Two tablespoons of ketchup
- 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 teaspoons of powdered paprika
- 1 small onion
Instead of baguette, why not a barra de pan if this is an authentic Spanish recipe? You may already have registered concern that baguettes tend to be associated with France.
If this is truly is a Spanish dish, where is the chorizo you may cry? To be honest, I don’t know why this dish was ever named the Spanish hot dog. Call it a cheesy hot dog if you prefer. Ultimately, it’s easy to prepare, so ideal as a quick lunch or dinner dish. If you’re looking for hot dog dinner ideas, this one can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Children may enjoy it with a glass of juice or pop. Adults can devour it with a cold beer. Perhaps a San Miguel to emphasise the Spanishness of this quick and easy hotdog recipe.
How to prepare a Spanish hot dog
Pre-heat your over to 200°C/400°F (180°C/360°F for fan assisted ovens).
Crush the garlic gloves and mix the pieces in a bowl with the paprika, ketchup and mayonnaise to make a sauce.
Slice the baguette. A vertical cut, length-ways along the bread tends to work well as it creates a handy groove to hold ingredients. If you prefer, slice through the bread as if making a sandwich. Spread the sauce on the freshly cut faces of the bread.
Place the hotdogs end-to-end in the bread then cover them with a layer of cheese.
Chop the onion into small pieces and sprinkle the chunks over the top of the cheese.
Place the Spanish hot dogs on a baking tray. Bake them in the oven for 12 minutes.
If you’re looking for suggestions about what to make with hot dogs, I hope you’ll give this recipe a go. It’s ideal as a dinner at home while watching sports on television. This dish can be cooked during the halftime pause of a football game.
As always, you’re welcome to let me know what you think of my Spanish hot dog recipe in the comments field below.
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