Crosshatch Hot Dogs on Grilled Croissants

hotdogs, grilled, croissants

A hot dog for grown-ups (and kids…)! Marinating the hot dogs and preparing the coleslaw overnight quickens the prep time while the crosshatch pattern on the dogs speeds up the cooking time. This sweet and savory recipe is just one more way to take the Frankfurter to another level.

Size: 4 servings

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp honey
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp sherry vinegar
6 cups finely shredded green cabbage (from 1/2 small head)
3 fresh red chiles such as Fresno (Serrano or Jalapeno can be substituted), seeded and thinly sliced
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
4 croissants, split but still attached on one side
4 large hot dogs
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 large garlic clove, minced


In a large bowl, stir the honey with the sherry vinegar until the honey is dissolved.  Add the shredded cabbage and red chiles, season with salt and toss.  Let stand until the cabbage is slightly softened, tossing a few times, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, blend the butter and the mustard.  Gently spread the cut sides of the croissants with the butter.

Light a grill.  Thread each hot dog lengthwise onto a thick metal or soaked wooden skewer.  With a small, sharp knife, make cuts at an angle in 3 rows down each hot dog, about 1/2″ apart, cutting partway into the hot dog.  The cuts should look like rounded half circles.  Lightly run the knife down the center of the cut to halve the half circles.

On a large plate, mix the ketchup with the soy sauce, oil and garlic.  Turn to coat each hot dog with the mixture.

Grill the croissants over high heat, cut side down, until toasted, about 30 seconds.  Turn and grill the other side for about 10 seconds.  Grill the hot dogs over high heat all over, until nicely charred and the cuts open up, about 2 minutes total; the hot dogs should resemble pine cones.  Mound the cabbage salad on one half of each croissant, set the hot dogs on top and serve.  (The cabbage salad can be refrigerated overnight.  The cut hot dogs can marinate overnight in the refrigerator).

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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ


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