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Chicago Dog


Some traditions you just don't mess with, and a Chicago dog is one of them. All-beef frankfurters are "dragged through the garden," meaning they're piled with a bunch of veggie condiments. Try rocking these dogs at home for your next casual buffet.

  • Yield: Makes 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2011


  • 6 split hot dog buns
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 6 all-beef hot dogs
  • 6 dill pickle spears
  • 12 tomato wedges
  • Yellow mustard
  • Sweet relish
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 6 sport peppers or peperoncini
  • Celery salt


  1. Brush outsides of buns with butter; sprinkle with poppy seeds.

  2. Bake, split sides down, at 350 degrees until warm, about 5 minutes.

  3. Warm hot dogs in boiling water for 5 minutes; transfer to buns.

  4. Arrange a pickle on 1 side of each hot dog and 2 tomatoes on the other side.

  5. Squirt mustard over each in a zigzag; top with a dollop of relish.

  6. Divide onion among hot dogs.

  7. Top each with a sport pepper or a peperoncino. Sprinkle with celery salt.

Cook's Notes

You can make up a platter of the dogs, but it's also fun to arrange the toppings in bowls and let your friend do the rest.

Reviews Add a comment

  • j.scanlan
    24 JUN, 2017
    Heck yes, this can be a healthy recipe if you use all-beef hot dogs as shown here. But, a key ingredient is missing. It's not authentic without pickle relish. And never, never, never use ketchup. The acid damages the taste of the other ingredients.
  • Nazneen2906
    8 JUL, 2013
    hank you for this “Martha Stewart “recipe. It looked so easy and healthy and I tried it right away. The results ? The kids just loved it and so did the grownups. And not to mention how yummy it was. Can’t wait for more of your delicious recipes! as seen on tv store locations
    • spaisley39
      3 JUL, 2015
      You cannot be serious! Good, Yes! Healthy, NO! Since when is a hot dog ever healthy? I hope you don't feed your kids based on that thought! LOL!
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