Thai Style Hot Dogs
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 8
These Thai Style Hot Dogs are a fantastic twist on an American classic. Topped with cool papaya salad, crunchy peanuts, and spicy Sriracha.
  • Papaya Salad
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried shrimp*
  • 1 - 2 Thai chilies, seeded and sliced*
  • 1 small green papaya*
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • Hot Dogs and Toppings
  • 8 all-beef hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns
  • mayonnaise, for slathering on the buns
  • Sriracha, for drizzling
  • ½ cup cilantro, torn
  • ¼ cup peanuts, roughly chopped
  1. To make the papaya salad, combine the lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, dried shrimp, and chilies in a small bowl. Stir to combine and using the back of a spoon, press the dried shrimp and chilies against the sides of the bowl to release the flavor and heat. In a large bowl add the shredded papaya, carrot, garlic, and tomatoes. Pour the sauce over top and toss well to combine. As you're tossing, pound the ingredients of the salad a bit to release the flavors and juices.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high. Cook the hot dogs until you get those beautiful grill marks, turning occasionally, about 4 - 5 minutes.
  3. Add the buns, open side down. Cook until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds.
  4. To assemble - place the hot dogs in the buns, slather with mayonnaise, papaya salad, Sriracha, torn cilantro, and peanuts. Serve immediately and enjoy!
* A package of dried shrimp can be found at an Asian grocery store. I highly recommend using it as it adds some fantastic flavor, but if you cannot find it, you may omit it.
* If you can't find Thai chilies (aka birds eye chilies), you can use 1 serrano pepper.
* Sometimes you can find pre-shredded papaya; in that case you want about 2 cups. If you cannot find it shredded, simply peel and shred using the large holes of a box grater. Papaya contains hard, round seeds - just shred the fleshly part of the papaya and when you get close to the seeds, move to another part of the papaya.
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