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Chicago Style Hot Dogs

From Jesse Allerton, United Way Worldwide

Recipe Story

Born during the Great Depression in the meat-processing capital of the U.S., created (and consumed) by immigrant laborers who needed an inexpensive, fulfilling meal, the Chicago-style hot dog is an amalgam of ingredients that reflect the unique mix of cultures that brought it to life. Some describe America as a "melting pot" or "salad bowl" of diverse immigrant cultures mingling together to create something new and wonderful. But I think a better descriptor is the humble hot dog. Just remember to follow the cardinal rule: no ketchup!


Start with an all-beef hot dog on a poppyseed bun and "drag it through the garden" by adding these seven essential ingredients: yellow mustard, neon-green relish, tomato slices, diced onions, sport peppers, a pickle spear and top with a sprinkle of celery salt.