I’ve always been a mustard and relish kind of hot dog eater. No ketchup allowed!
All kidding aside, I’ve tried a lot of things on my hot dogs…some are better than others! Since hot dog toppings vary by region within the US it should come as no surprise that the same is true in other parts of the world. This month’s Food of The World party takes us to Chile where hot dogs are a popular street food.
The Completo is a hot dog served on a large bun and covered with assorted toppings ranging from chopped tomatoes and mayonnaise to fried potatoes and onions topped with a fried egg. The version I tried is called the Italiano because the toppings– avocado, tomatoes and mayonnaise– resemble the colors of the Italian flag. Sauerkraut is also a popular ingredient. We didn’t use it (with avocado?!?) …but I want to put it out there.
Nowadays we don’t eat hot dogs very often. We treat them like a splurge. To make our Completos we bought the freshest rolls we could find and searched for perfect avocados and tomatoes. The hot dogs themselves were from a German brand we like.
If you’re a mayonnaise lover feel free to pile it on like the Chileans do. We found out it was less messy to spread a generous amount of mayo on the bun, then add the hot dog and toppings.
Now, I’m going to be honest. Avocado, onion and tomatoes on a hot dog taste better than you might think, but for me at least, mustard and relish remains a firm favorite. What do you think? Would you try a Completo? How about the version with sauerkraut?
Tell me about it in the comments.