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The Coney Island Hot Dog

We’re bringing the magic of a summer afternoon at Coney Island right to your kitchen. This NYC destination is famed for its traditional hot dogs, which you can grab right on the boardwalk but a real Coney Island dog is loaded up with special sauce, cheese, and onions. For our version, we’re creating our own hot chili and shredding up some iconic New York State Yellow Cheddar to give the beef frank a true taste of the Big Apple. Perfect for Game Day or backyard barbecues, this New York classic is guaranteed to hit the spot.

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1 lb Ground Beef

1/3 Cup Yellow Onion, diced

3 ea Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

3/4 Teaspoon Celery Salt

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 Cup Beef Stock

1 Tablespoon Murray's Italian EVOO 750mL

2 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne

1/4 lb New York State Yellow Cheddar 6 Months, finely grated

4-6 Beef Hot Dogs

4-6 Hot Dog Buns

1/4 Cup Sir Kensington's Dijon Mustard 11oz

1/4 Cup White Onion, diced

Begin by heating the oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to break up the clumps. Sear until the beef has lost any pink color and remove with a slotted spoon. Set aside in a medium bowl.
Add the diced yellow onion and cook in the rendered fat, stirring to lightly brown the onions without burning them. Cook for 5 minutes before adding the sliced garlic.
Lower the heat to medium and add the reserved beef and stock.
Add the spices and cover, allowing the beef, onions and seasonings to stew for 15-20 minutes. Check occasionally to ensure that the mixture hasn’t lost too much moisture. Turn off the heat until ready to serve the hot dogs. Set aside.
Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium and sear the dogs, ensuring they char and blister on all sides but do not burn. The dogs should take no longer than 7 minutes over direct heat to cook.
Warm the buns over the grill or in a 200 degree oven. Reheat the chili over low.
Place each hot dog in a bun and follow with a healthy dollop of the hot chili. Shower the dog first with the shredded cheddar cheese followed by the diced white onion and finally, the yellow mustard.

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