The Shady Porch: Baked Hot Dogs: old dogs; new tricks!


Baked Hot Dogs: old dogs; new tricks!

Now that March Madness is over, and it's baseball season, that means hot dog season, too! Every kid loves hot least they did when I was growing up! At our house we've never stopped eating our hot dogs, but we've made some changes over the years. Mainly, we don't eat them as often; we like different toppings; and I only trust one brand of beef franks. I'm not going to name the brand, but they are kosher with no fillers, by-products, artificial colors or flavors (you can search for them, if you want). We love 'em! I also prefer split-top buns, which weren't common when I was younger. 
Oven Baked Hot Dogs
Oven Baked Hot Dogs

Over the years, we've grilled, slow-cooked, boiled, and microwaved our hot dogs, but never baked them. When I saw this recipe for Oven Baked Hot Dogs, I knew I'd found supper! 

Oven Baked Hot Dogs
[Source: In the Wabe]
Oven Bake Hot Dogs prepped for baking
Prepped and ready to bake

8 beef franks (our preferred brand only has 6 per pkg.)
8 hot dog buns  (split tops only come 6 to a pkg., as well.)
1 can of chili (we have a favorite from the deli department at our grocer that we buy)
1/2 onion, diced
shredded cheddar cheese
dill or sweet relish

Use a 9 x 13 casserole dish. (We lined ours with foil to prevent sticking...and the dogs stuck, so I won't do that again.)
[Please don't let the following words turn you off...even though it sounds weird and maybe yucky] 
Lightly spread mayonnaise on each hot dog bun...seriously, you don't taste the mayo and I think it helps the buns hold up better. Add mustard, if desired. Now, add the frank.

Next are the toppings - obviously you can add or omit, as desired. I don't usually use all of these toppings on my dogs, but for the sake of trying something new I did this time and they were great!    ** actually we fixed 3 with relish and 3 without **
Top hot dogs with chili, onion, relish and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes 

Carefully remove from the dish with a spatula. You might need a fork for these dogs! 

The buns are a little toasted on the outside yet still soft and fresh on the inside. This is a super easy meal; it is going to be a quick summer "go-to" recipe at our house!

...other Shady Porch recipes you might enjoy! 
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