Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Different Kind of French Franc: Applegate Hot Dog Review and Giveaway




I feel pretty safe to say that the majority of Americans will be grilling this 4th of July.  While hamburgers, steaks, ribs and chicken will make a healthy showing, I'm willing to bet that many of us will also have some hot dogs sizzling on our grills too. 

When I was a kid hot dogs were a staple in our house.  My mom always made sure to leave an open package in the fridge so that we could have an instant cold lunch.  I liked them better hot, but what's an 8 year old girl to do when she's starving and Dark Shadows is coming on?

Then one day my mom read somewhere that hot dogs were made from pigs' hair, lips and rear ends, and the fun came to a screeching halt.  She replaced our beloved hot dogs with celery sticks and apple slices, which while very good, just don't cut the muster when you are looking for a quick protein fix.  Oh sure we still had them on occasion, but the fun had been taken right out of eating them.

Years later when my own children were young, I would buy hot dogs every now and again, only after pouring over the labels trying to figure out which one might be the better out of the available options.  After exhaustive research, I would finally just throw a package of the most expensive brand in my cart and pray that just a couple wouldn't kill them.

This summer I won't have to face that old dilemma thanks to Applegate.  They offer a full line of  all natural and organic hot dog products that even my mom would feel good about serving.  Their "cleaner wieners" do not contain hormones or antibiotics and are free from any artificial ingredients, fillers, added nitrites and nitrates.  Their products are produced from animals that are humanely raised, and all of their organic products are made from animals that are fed a completely vegetarian diet.

Applegate provided me with a generous selection of their hot dog products for sampling.  It was a hard decision, but I couldn't wait to try the Applegate all-natural, uncured Big Apple Hot Dogs that are a combination of pork and beef in natural lamb casings.  They are everything I hoped they would be, with a just right smoky, savory flavor and a delicate little "snap" when you bite into them. Mmmmm, deeeelicious.  I can't wait to try the rest of them starting with maybe the organic chicken or turkey dogs. Either way my guests are getting lucky this 4th of July.



For more information about Applegate's products, their Wienervention campaign, and how you can get a $2.00 off coupon, please visit their site by clicking here.

Since these are pretty special hot dogs I wanted to prepare them in a special way, so  I called up a favorite food memory from many years ago.  It was while on a trip to Paris with my family that I bought a hot dog from a vendor at the Eiffel Tower.  The hot dog itself was pretty darned good, but it was the simple presentation that was so memorable to me. 

The vendor cut a crusty, super fresh baguette in half, turned the cut end over a large wooden dowel and pushed it down over the dowel a couple of times to form a channel within the bread.  He then squeezed a generous amount of mustard into the bread before then filling it with a steaming hot wiener.  Had the unexpected heat of the French mustard not blown the top of my head off, it would have been the perfect dog.

Since then I have prepared my own version of this Parisian treat with a mellower mustard sauce poured inside on several occasions.  Sometimes I also like to doll them up even further with a little dressed arugula, Boursin cheese and a sprinkling of grated Gruyere.  These two hot dogs prove that an easy meal can also be a sophisticated treat.


Since I didn't have a large dowel like that vendor at the Eiffel Tower, I used my well washed and dried knife sharpener from my knife set to form a channel in my bread.  Be sure to stop short of the end of the bread, leaving it closed to hold in all of the sauce and goodness.  You can also repeat this process with uncut bakery hot dog buns or hoagie rolls if you can't find a baguette or French stick with a small diameter.  To get just the right size, I baked my own bread using my favorite Artisan Bread in Five recipe.

Slightly Spicy French Inspired Hot Dog Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon hot prepared horseradish (or more or less according to your taste)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl.  Transfer to a squeeze bottle if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Once ready to use, squeeze in to the channel of a prepared half baguette then top with a hot dog.

This sauce does get a bit stronger as it sits.  If you are preparing it in advance and like a much milder sauce, I recommend reducing the horseradish by 1/3 to 1/2. 



Frank-o-phile Hot Dogs

About 2 cups baby arugula
French vinaigrette (approximately 1/4 cup or to taste)
Boursin cheese (or any other soft spreadable cheese with herbs)
Butter, softened to room temperature (optional)
1 - 2 French baguettes (depending on the size of the bread)
6 grilled, boiled or steamed Applegate hot dogs
1 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
Super thinly sliced red onion, cut into quarters (optional)

Toss arugula in vinaigrette, set aside.

Spread Boursin and butter on opposite sides of the inside of the bread.  Place hot dogs inside of the bread.  Top with equal amounts of the dressed arugula and grated cheese.  Enjoy!

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*Applegate provided me with a gift pack free of charge, containing a generous assortment of their hot dogs, a butcher block, and a reusable tote for my review.  They have also provided me with one to give away to one of my readers. I was not paid in any way for my review of their products. As usual, all opinions and statements that I have made here are my own.


 

100 comments:

Haley @ Cheap Recipe Blog said...

"Cleaner wieners" made me giggle! But for real, these look really tasty! Never thought to put a hot dog in French bread with mustard before. I'll have to give it a go!

rachel said...

This sounds so elegant! I haven't had a hot dog in awhile so I'd totally try this brand out.

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

I love your presentation Karen...best looking dog I've seen in a long while!

I'm not familiar with this brand but I'll look for them now; I love the occasional hot dog (in a Crescent roll...that's my ode to how I fixed them for my kids!).

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Danielle D'Ambrosio said...

Wow this looks gorgeous! I love how you managed to dress up a hot dog...it would make me feel very elegant eating one :) way better than from the hot dog carts in the city!

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Angie Schneider said...

Can't remember when I last had a hot dog...this looks mouthwatering.

Ansh| Spiceroots said...

That looks like summer on a plate. I love the flavor combinations of Arugula with the horseradish Oh so peppery! I keep wishing you lived close by :)

Lea Ann said...

Cold hot dogs and Dark Shadows ... that brings back memories. :) I like Applegate products. This hot dog you've made sounds and looks incredible Karen. Pinned.

Mary Spilman said...

I love the idea of the baguette and I just so happen to have a sharpening steel with the set on my counter. I would love to win the giveaway, but after your review of the "cleaner wiener," I shall be trying the chicken or turkey ones anyway. Enjoy your day, Karen.

Holly @ abakershouse.com said...

You baked the bread too-- wow! I have never seen a hot dog look so scrumptious!

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Way better than a hotdog on a steamed bun. I've seen Applegate products but not their hotdogs.

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Nancy said...

I love the idea of creating a channel in the baguette to receive the hot dog. Those Applegate wieners sound great. My folks cut us off from got dogs when we were little too. To this day, I still feel a little guilty eating a "regular" hot dog.

Brenda said...

Great recipe and these flavor combinations are Awesome!! Love the Baguette Idea Very Creative and I love Applegate products too
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Enter me for sure! I love how you did the French version of the hot dog. I had one of those myself when I was in Paris many years ago...I still remember the spiciness of that mustard and the crustiness of the baguette. Yum!

Donna-Marie said...

These look wonderful. I want to try the tunneled one for sure! Yum.
Thanks so much for the idea.

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Oops ...... forgot! I've had those hot dogs in Paris ...... totally forgot about it until now ..... they were awesome!!! So, will these wieners take me back to that day in Paris???? The recipes you provided sound awesome!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

I love the idea of a hot dog in a baguette! That's a new idea to me - very clever. We eat hot dogs maybe twice a year; and they are awfully good. I've known about the miscellaneous body parts in hot dogs (and some other sausages), and although I'm not thrilled with the idea, I always suppress that info when I'm enjoy a dog or two. Fun post - thanks.

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I'm heading out to get some Apple Gate Clean Weiners for July 45th!

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I'm heading out tomorrow to get some Apple Gate "Cleaner Weiners" for July 4th! Thanks for the great article Karen.

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Karen that is a great post. I LOVE Applegate's cold cuts and they are actually the only ones I buy at our local Vitamin Cottage. You can always find their salami, pepperoni and ham in my fridge. Your hot dog pictures are fantastic, Karen!!!

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