This recipe might sound simple but do not underestimate the flavor because this really is something special. You will need mild sausage links to make this dish, along with hot dog buns (or soft rolls if you prefer) but this is no ordinary hot dog recipe. Instead of serving fried onions on your sausage, you will be making a delicious tomato and onion condiment to go on the sausages, and the flavor of this is just heavenly with the sausages. Feel free to use white onion or sweet onion if you prefer, and use regular tomatoes if you cannot get the vine-ripened type.
The Marinated Tomato Topping
Tomatoes and onion are marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, oregano, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil, to infuse these vegetables with a great Italian flavor. You do not need to time the marinating process. Simply combine these ingredients and add the tomatoes and onion and then get on with cooking the sausages. To serve, you will need split buns which you can toast on the cut side if you want. Add a cooked sausage to each bun and spoon the tasty tomato and onion mixture on top.
If you are serving these on plates with knives and forks, then add plenty of the juice from the tomato mixture because it has a wonderful flavor. If you are handing them out with napkins then you might want to limit the juice so nobody drips it over their clothing, but to be honest this is a bit of a messy dish to eat if you are having it without cutlery, so just enjoy it and don’t worry too much about that! You will be too busy enjoying the wonderful flavors anyway.
Classic Italian Flavors
Italian sausage is of course Italian, while tomatoes and onions feature in many Italian recipes. The marinade used for the vegetables also features balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, typical Italian ingredients, as well as the herbs. Overall you will be in no doubt about which country the inspiration for this recipe came from, as soon as you take your first bite and get your first sense of the fabulous flavor explosion on your tongue. If you want to make tweaks, you could use hot sausage instead of mild sausage, or swap the dried oregano and basil for a pinch of mixed dried herbs or even herbs de Provence.
An Unusual Twist on Hot Dogs
So if you are in the mood for hot dogs but you either want to make an elegant twist on the classic dish or try something brand new, consider making this recipe because it is easy yet so delicious. The combination of Italian sausage and fluffy buns are really brought to life and given star quality by adding the marinated tomatoes and onion. It is hard to describe the exact flavor of this, apart from just saying it is terrific and you will want to make this dish again and again because of the amazing flavors it boasts. Serve it just as it is or with something else on the side, such as a creamy potato salad if you like, or even some mozzarella balls to add to the Italian flair.
- 6 mild Italian sausage links, 4 oz each
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 3 vine-ripened tomatoes
- ⅓ red onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 6 hot dog buns
- Preheat the barbeque for a medium heat.
- Whisk the balsamic vinegar, salt, extra-virgin olive oil, pepper, red wine vinegar, oregano, and basil together.
- Cut each tomato into 6 slices and thinly slice the red onion.
- Pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the tomato and onion and let them marinate for 30 minutes.
- Use a sharp knife to pierce the sausages several times.
- Cook them for 15 minutes or until they are cooked through, turning often.
- Serve the cooked sausages on hot dog buns with the tomato and onion mixture.
There are hot dogs and there are gourmet hot dogs, and these fall into the latter camp. Italian sausages are barbequed to give them a lovely smoky aroma, then they are served on fluffy buns along with a marinated tomato and onion mixture. Including balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and herbs, the marinated mixture makes a fantastic condiment and is bursting with Italian flavors. The photo shows a family having fun cooking their sausages on the barbeque, which has to be one of the best ways to spend a lovely summer afternoon.
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