NFL Championship Weekend paired with the Ultimate Chicken Sausage Hot Dog

Its the Championship games and what better way to enjoy them than with a great lunch!
However first and foremost:

*Some moments are best when shared. Please ignore the poor photo quality, as the quality of the moment was more important*

and of course food is great too:  
The Ultimate Chicken Sausage Hot Dog

Sure you can enjoy the usual game day foods: hot dogs, burgers, chips, etc...but why settle for normal when you can have extraordinary!? Okay so a bit of exaggeration but the bottom line is everything can be so much more interesting with just a few more ingredients to jazz up the ordinary.

To be honest though this lunch was also a bit driven by my small crave for carbs this week... but hey food still needs to be consumed while I watch my team play. Sadly no one else in my family are big on football, so I'm a lone wolf on this one. Nonetheless, their benefit was free lunch and being fed.

You would think making hot dogs would be a lot faster...but it took me a whole hour to get it together... though my mom mopping the kitchen while I was trying to cook and the game playing probably didn't help concentration much... so I guess the lesson is try to cook when there are less distractions.

Now let's discuss ingredients:
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, cut into stripes
  • 1 Diced onion
  • Slightly healthier version of hot dog buns (Trader Joe's Four Multigrain buns)
  • 1 pack of Smoked Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage (or meat of choice)
  • Garlic Olive Oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Basil Flakes
  • 1 package of Trader Joe's Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Chipotle mustard
In case you couldn't tell, I like shopping at Trader Joe's quite a bit, but really any store will supply their own version of all these ingredients. There are so many different things you can do with an ordinary hot dog, plain mustard and ketchup are a thing of the past! Well at least it is for today and if I had a grill that would've made these so much better! Unfortunately since I do not, the pan will have to suffice.

  1. In a small bowl, mix some olive oil (about 2-3 tbsp) with garlic salt and basil, then with a pastry brush, lightly brush on the oil mix onto the insides of the bun.
  2. In a medium size saute pan, or any pan with a flat surface, place the coat buns face down until it becomes crispy and lightly browned. Place aside in a square baking pan lined with foil.
  3. Spread a light layer of mustard on the inside of the buns (optional)
  4. Slice the sausages down the middle and then heat them up in a pan just like the buns and once slightly browned and crispy, place inside the buns.
  5. Place jalapeno strips inside the sausage.
  6. Saute the onions and then add into the hot dog.
  7. Warm  the spinach & artichoke dip and layer on top of the onions
  8. Sprinkle a few more bits of diced onions on top
  9. Add cheese (optional)
  10. Bake in the oven for about 5 minute at 325 degrees.
  11. Enjoy with the game!
Great game, great food, great day!