I’m not that much of a party pooper. I did in fact celebrate July 4th like any good ol’ American. I also watched Katy Perry dance around on stage in an American flag dress… it was interesting to say the least… Anyway, when deciding what we should do, the first thing that came to my mind was obviously what we should eat. What’s American? Hot dogs! We also wanted something that would provide some sort of entertainment, and not purely sustenance. What’s fun? A challenge! LAW, P.Y., D.T., and I had a Fancy Hotdog Party followed by some button smashing on an old N64. We each designed and made our own type of hot dog and shared it with the group, culminating in a glorious sausage fest (not that kind).
While the rest of us were in the kitchen prepping all the ingredients, LAW stole the ingredients and made hors d’oeuvres. Here I present to you his creations: 1) Rosemary Triscuit, pepperoni, mozzarella, olive oil, and red pepper flakes; and 2) Rosemary Triscuit, guacamole, and sour cream and onion potato chips. Both were deeeelicious. Guac + sour cream and onion was surprisingly amazing together. Then again, what isn’t good with guac?
Hence, I decided I wanted to make a GREEN MACHINE for no particular reason other than the fact that I wanted to use avocados and wanted a cool name for my dog (clearly not very creative here). I bought limes because they were on sale and are green. I also bought jalapeños because they are green and would add a nice kick to my flamin’ hot dog. I turned the avocado into guac with some raw onions, lime juice, and salt. I topped the guac with fried jalapeño peppers. When you fry jalapeños, they tend to get a little sweet. Unfortunately I didn’t have sugar, otherwise I would have used it to add even more sweetness. Sugar also helps to caramelize the peppers. Since LAW stole my guac for his crackers, I stole some of his bacon… no longer a Green Machine but definitely tastier.
P.Y. combined two classic childhood favorites into one: pizza and hot dog. With lots of marinara sauce, thick slabs of mozzarella, pepperoni, and basil from my basil plant, P.Y.’s dog tasted like healthy dose of childhood.
P.Y. got so into the childhood theme that he made another dog, combining Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese with a hot dog. He was smart… when it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You really can’t go wrong with pizza and mac ‘n cheese toppings. Though this healthy dose of childhood wasn’t so healthy anymore.
D.T.’s dog took us out of our childhood nostalgia and made us into real women/men again. It was the most mature dog of the night not only in color, but also in flavor. His toppings included a stir fry with lots of garlic, mushrooms, onions, and miscellaneous spices. It was the only dog of the night where I wanted to add more of the toppings because it was so simple and delicious.
LAW’s dog was a bacon wrapped hot dog. It ended up as a great base for all of our dogs… everything tastes better with a little more bacon.
Oh, we also had salad. It wasn’t all meat and bread (potato buns, actually, even more dense). The salad had walnuts, feta, lots of strawberries, and a vinaigrette.
So… which do you think is the winner? I was so hungry that I wolfed down a bit of all of them all at once. It was a little hard to tell. I’m also only slightly biased… the Green Machine had sweet, salt, sour, and spice! Clearly a winner, riiiiiight?