Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer Cook Out: Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney and Red Onion Relish

Summer has officially started, so it's time for my favorite culinary tradition - the cookout. There's just something so simple and delicious about grilled foods. Alas Mr. AT and I are still kicking it apartment style, so we can't grill at home. That's why we so look forward to visits to my family's house for family cookouts - they have an awesome grill set up and my sister's hubby and my soon to be hubby are both excellent grillers.

Yes, it's true, grilling is the one culinary area (well aside from spaghetti and meatballs) that I cede to my honey. I do all the preps, sauces, sides, and he grills the meat. How manly of him, no?

This past weekend we headed up to Kentucky for a lake house weekend with some friends who came down from Michigan. We were in charge of one lunch and one dinner. For lunch I whipped out one of my favorite simple grilling recipes, and once again it was a hit.

Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney& Red Onion Relish

Bon App├ętit | July 2007
Recipe created by: Pam Anderson

Serves 8

photo by Victoria Pearson

ingredients
1 (9-ounce) jar mango chutney (such as Major Grey's), any large pieces chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard plus additional for serving
8 beef hot dogs
8 hot dog buns, opened

preparation

Mix chutney, onion, cilantro, and 1 tablespoon mustard in bowl.

DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill hot dogs and buns until heated through and grill marks form, 2 to 3 minutes per side for hot dogs and about 1 minute per side for buns. Transfer buns to plate. Place 1 hot dog in each bun. Add mustard and relish; serve.

The best part is I was able to whip up the chutney/relish before we even left Atlanta, so lunch was a cinch - we just grilled up the hot dogs and buns and served with the pre-made relish. It's so sweet and the onions add great bite. Yummy!

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