Banh Mi Hot Dogs
Instead of serving boring old hot dogs this year, why not give them an interesting twist? Make Banh Mi dogs. I did this last year for my Fourth of July and not only were they super easy, but they had an incredible taste. Be sure to purchase nitrate-free dogs free from antibiotics and artificial ingredients.
Organic Hot dogs
1/4 Cup Cilantro
2 Carrots (peeled and shredded)
1 small onion (diced)
Hot dog buns
Cook hot dogs according to package directions. Chop cilantro. Either shred carrots or cut them into matchstick pieces. Mix equal parts mayo and sriracha depending on how spicy you like your hot dogs. Spread mayo / sriracha sauce on bun. Place cooked hot dogs in bun. Top with carrots, cilantro and onion.
8 ears of white corn
2 quarts cherry tomatoes
3 tablespoons high-quality balsamic vinegar
1 medium red onion
1 bunch asparagus chopped
1 small container blueberries
small container of almonds
Toss asparagus in olive oil and cook in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes. In the meantime, strip raw corn from ears. If you don’t have a corn stripper just run your chef’s knife down the side of each ear about 8 times. Slice all cherry tomatoes in half. Chop the red onion into a large dice. Roughly chop basil or flat-leaf parsley. Toss all in a bowl, along with the vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Don’t forget the cocktails. Sure, it’s easy to just put some craft beer out in a cooler, but why not offer one special cocktail in addition? Sangria is a good choice and is easy to whip up ahead of time. With all the cooking I have to do, the last thing I need is something complicated. So, my advice is to go with something simple like a Shandy (mix of beer and lemonade) or a watermelon margarita.
Watermelon Margarita Recipe from MyRecipes.com
2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.
2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass.