Have a Hot Dog Party

April 22nd 2010 09:08 pm

cookout 002 Have a Hot Dog PartyHot dogs are the perfect cookout foods and they work great for parties too. I always plan a few parties a year around them. I like to have campy parties and weenies scream campy!

Have your friends wear their best touristy gear for a fun costume party addition. It’s easy to forget the stress of your week once you’re in plaid Bermuda shorts, sandals with socks and have binoculars or a camera around your neck.

Make sure to have a tropical fruity drink to accompany your festive fare. Something that looks good with an umbrella straw tucked away in it. I usually choose a pina colada or strawberry daiquiri. They may be predictable, but everyone loves them.

You could even go red-neck gourmet and make a hot dog enchilada casserole. Spread about 2 cups of pre-made chili over the bottom of a greased rectangle baking dish. Wrap a tortilla around each hot dog and arrange on top of chili. Top with the rest of the chili and shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake in a 400 degree oven between 30 – 40 minutes. Serve topped with crumbled Fritos.

If you go for the traditional hot dog feast, make sure to have tons of toppings for your guests. Ketchup, mustard, and pickle relish are requirements. Make a Carolina dog by topping it with cole slaw and chili. You could also make a Greek salad dog with feta, olives, chopped tomatoes, red onion, and touch of Greek dressing. Feel free to add gourmet extras like roasted garlic, red peppers, goat cheese or even nacho cheese.

If it’s raining or you just don’t feel like cooking outside, use your slow cooker. I have a Crockpot trio that has 3 small slow cookers on one base. If you have lots of time you can heat the hot dogs up in the slow cooker. Personally I like to heat them on the stove and keep them warm in the slow cookers. I put veggie dogs in one, turkey dogs in another, and veggie chili in the last one. This way everything’s ready for people as they drop in.

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Posted by Myriam under Drinks & Hostessing & Party Food & Spring Entertaining & Summer Entertaining | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Have a Hot Dog Party”

  1. Hardwood Flooring Mississauga responded on 23 Apr 2010 at #

    Pina colada or strawberry daiquiri with hot dogs? This is funny mix:D

  2. Micah - Coffee machine responded on 02 May 2010 at #

    I love hotdogs! Are they many kinds of hot dogs and sausages?

  3. Joanne responded on 10 May 2010 at #

    This is the perfect way to entertain on a budget! The enchilada hot dog idea would be perfect for a Mexican themed party.

  4. Rene responded on 12 May 2010 at #

    I like the idea of pina colada with hot dogs. Hot dogs are our favorite NFL snack. BBQ never wears out as a fashion here.

  5. Sarah responded on 12 May 2010 at #

    Red-neck gourmet! That sounds cool. Sometimes we even make hot dogs pasta. Casserole is a great idea as well.

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