Are you looking at new ideas for a get-together, or just a different way of doing dinner at home? Maybe you need a to come up with something different for the next little league game, or another event. A hot dog bar is just the thing, and it will be easy to set up.
Figure out how many people you’ll be feeding, and buy ingredients and other items accordingly. Small children may eat just one hot dog, with older children most likely able to consume two. Adults will eat either two or three. It’s better to have too many on hand, than not enough. Be sure to get plenty hot dog rolls as well. Remember, if there are leftover hot dogs and rolls they can be frozen for later use.
Next, think about the types of toppings people may want for their hot dogs. Tastes vary, so have several choices on hand.
- cooked, crumbled bacon
- shredded cheeses such as cheddar and mozzarella
- grated cheeses like Romano and Parmesan
- ketchup, relish, and mustard
- chopped onions, peppers (raw and cooked options)
- cheese sauce
- dill, bread and butter, garlic, and sweet pickles
- taco meat
- shredded carrot
- shredded lettuce, spinach
- and whatever else you can think of
You’ll need enough containers with lids to put all the condiments into. Simply slide the lids under the containers when ready to serve. Pick up plastic spoons and forks for the condiments that need them, and enough paper plates, cups and napkins if the food will be served at a gathering or sporting event.
Consider sides as well. A few different kinds of chips with some French onion and another dip will be fine. You might even pick up a dessert item such as cupcakes.
Grill the hot dogs and rolls on site, serving each person and letting them go to a table where all the condiments are laid out. Each person will choose any toppings they want.
Setting this up at home? Some condiment combination ideas include:
- chili, shredded Mexican blend cheese, peppers and onions
- cheese sauce with shredded radicchio, lettuce, and spinach
- tomatoes, mustard, and pickles
- shredded carrot, cucumber, ketchup, and relish
- taco meat, shredded mild cheddar, tomato, and crumbled bacon
There are so many condiment options, you can have a new combination of toppings every week for months. Encourage everyone to try different things, and they might discover a few new favorites.