Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Cuban Dog

4th of July is right around the corner, and I’ve been mulling over “spruced-up” hot dog ideas in my head for a couple of months now!

Lucky for me, I received an email from a Tilson PR asking if I’d be interested in trying out a pack of National Deli beef Franks and mustard. Their hotdogs are the official hotdogs of stadiums and theme parks all across Florida, and even more impressive: the arena in New York City’s Madison Square Garden! As soon as I found out that National Deli is a Florida based company, I just HAD to show some support (being the 3rd generation Floridian that I am!)!

They sent me a gift card to pick up a pack of hot dogs, a bottle of mustard, and a pack of hot dog buns of my choosing at my nearby Publix!

Hubby and I had been mulling over ideas in our heads trying to think of a hot dog idea that screamed “South Florida” (gotta represent!).  Hubs came up with the idea to do a take on the Cuban sandwich (which happens to be totally appropriate as National Deli is based in Miami)! Hubs came up with the concept, and I came up with the “how to execute it” plan.

What goes into a “Cuban Dog”? Well, you start off with a little mustard and some dill pickles (as any good Cuban sandwich would have):

Then you top it with a little shredded Swiss cheese followed by a generous scoop of piping hot sauteed ham and onion relish (recipe below).  Lastly, if you get down with mustard like I do, you’ve GOT to add and extra drizzle to top this baby off! Take a bite and be prepared to be WOWED.

HOLY SMOKES. Incredible. I mean over. the. top. amazingness.  

Turns out the National Deli hot dogs rock (and I’m NOT just saying that because I got my first pack free)! I really truly mean it! We actually went back and bought ANOTHER pack and made a Hawaiian style dog that was also PURE amazingness (recipe coming later today)!

Hubby told me they were the best hot dog’s he’s EVER tried and that I’m no longer allowed to buy hot dogs unless they are National Deli. Those are some fightin’ words! hah I have to say, I totally agree. The quality is unlike any I’ve tried before, and the price was completely affordable.

Oh, and I am a BIG fan of their mustard as well – it is sort of a cross between yellow mustard and brown mustard. I’m a big time mustard girl, and I LOVED it. I can’t wait to use it on sandwiches and burgers next!

Note: National Deli provided the hot dogs, mustard, and hot dog buns used in this recipe, however please note that my opinion are MY OWN, and are not skewed by this. I may have gotten the first pack of hot dogs free, but I certainly didn’t have to go back and purchase another pack! I would never write about a product unless I really truly love it. Period.

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The Cuban Dog

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For the Hot Relish:
1 tablespoon butter
1 whole onion, diced
1 (7 ounce) ham steak, cubed into 1/2 cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of black pepper

For the Hot Dogs:
8 beef hot dogs
8 hot dog buns
8 ounces swiss cheese, shredded
1 jar of dill pickle chips
deli mustard


In a skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions and ham and saute until caramelized and browning (about 10-12 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low and keep warm until ready to use.

Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat and grill hot dogs to liking. We like ours a little extra dark! Prepare hot dog buns by putting a little bit of mustard and 4-5 dill pickle slices. Add one hot dog per bun and top with a sprinkle of shredded Swiss cheese. Next, carefully place a generous scoop of the hot ham & onion relish on top (it will melt the cheese nicely!). Lastly, top with additional mustard if desired.


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9 Responses to “The Cuban Dog”

  1. 1

    Erin — June 30, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Wish I was having that for lunch instead of my measly Lean Cuisine

  2. 2

    Mike — June 30, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Best hotdog I ever ate (until I had the Polynesian dog)! It tasted just like a Cuban sandwich! Great execution, love.

  3. 3

    Melissa A. — June 30, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    The men-folk in my house would howl at the moon over this! I’m not really sure what that means, it just popped into my head. Sounds delish…thanks for sharing!

    • Kristina replied: — July 1st, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

      haha that made me laugh 🙂 thanks!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — June 30, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I am with Erin – wish I could have had that for dinner tonight – way better than the craptacular Healthy Choice I had. This looks incredible!

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — June 30, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    That looks freaking good!! What a cool idea.

    • Kristina replied: — July 1st, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

      Thank-you Lindsey!

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    kita — July 9, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

    Hot dogs have got to be my number 1 summer time guilty indulgence. Problem is BF hates them. Loathes them. Won’t go near them with a 10 foot pole…. So I never, ever, ever….. (so sad) get one unless its long forgotten on the grill from a family get together. This Cuban dog looks amazing and Im salivating and jealous.

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    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — July 24, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    What a great way to dress up a hot dog and make it wonderful!

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