31 years ago my sister and I had a double wedding reception in our parents backyard and we’ve been marking time together with our husbands ever since. This year we went to the beautiful Hawaiian islands where we saw some of the most incredibly gorgeous places on the face of the earth in addition we ate our way through the trip on what has to be the freshest most delectable food I’ve ever experienced. I was snap happy and took way too many pictures of food, some day I’ll get to a post about specific places that are “must visits”, but for today I want to share a very simple mock up of a rather simple meal gone Hawaiian that we had at our recent family reunion at Bear Lake.
The Puka Dog is famous in the Islands for their wonderful sweet bun with a hole in the middle stuffed with fabulous sauces and mustards. If you haven’t had the opportunity to have one, plan to try one when you make it over on your dream vacation. I had heard about them on a food show and jumped at the chance to taste a Puka Dog for myself when I was over there. They are FABULOUS. FYI, if you aren't planning a trip to the land of paradise real soon you can purchase their sauces and mustards here if you think that far in advance - - - or you can do what my sister and I did. Check it out.
Of course the dogs Kathy and I made last week weren’t exactly the same, no secret sauce here, but you know what, we did have the taste of Hawaii in them and the family did keep coming back for more. We also served two other options, the All American Hot Dog and a Bacon, Mushroom, Blue cheese Hot Dog, really with all three of those choices who couldn’t be happy?
I did learn a few things about making toppings for a hot dog bar. They need to be minced. Did I say minced, yes, minced. If you are interested in the recipes for the garlic lemon sauce, tropical relish, or the coconut sauce we used send me an email and I’ll shoot them off to you.
For more hot dog bar ideas see this article by Valerie Phillips, food editor of the Deseret News.