Food For Thought

Bored of the Bun?

Who doesn’t love a hot dog? The next time franks are on the menu, consider serving them on a hot dog bun alternative for a mouth-watering treat your family and friends will love.

1. English Muffins

Who says hot dogs are just for lunch or dinner? Cut them into quarters to make an English muffin breakfast sandwich, with or without eggs and cheese. The kids can eat them in the car on the way to school or at the family breakfast table Sunday morning.

2. Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Bread

Turn a hot dog into a healthy, economical school lunch by serving it sliced between two pieces of whole wheat or whole grain bread. If you really want to keep it light, Bar-S turkey or chicken franks have less fat than classic franks but just as much juicy flavor. Toss on some crisp lettuce leaves, a slice of tomato and a little mayonnaise to make an FLT: a frank-lettuce-tomato sandwich!

3. Split Top Buns

Perfect for rainy days when you’re cooking hot dogs on the stove, the split top bun is guaranteed to become a family favorite. These New England style buns are cut on the sides so you get more frank and less bun in every bite. And since you’re at the stove anyway, the cut sides are meant to be grilled in a buttered pan to give your hot dog a heavenly, buttery crunch.

4. Sandwich Roll

When you’re doing hot dogs for dinner, make them extra hearty by serving them in a big, crusty sandwich roll. Smother them in sautéed onion and green pepper for a frank that really eats like a meal. Bar-S Signature Smokehouse or Cheese Jumbo Franks are both substantial hot dogs that don’t get lost in this bun alternative.

5. Hawaiian Buns

If you haven’t tried Hawaiian bread, you’re in for a scrumptious surprise. Fluffy, soft and sweet, Hawaiian bread is available as whole or sliced loaves, rolls and even as split top buns. These are a definite crowd pleaser, making them perfect for big backyard barbecues or tailgate parties. Everyone will be talking about how good your franks are when you serve them up in Hawaiian buns – just make sure you’ve got enough relish!

6. Tortillas

Anytime you’re in the mood for a taste of Tex-Mex, whether it’s a quick, weekday dinner or a weekend snack, try serving hot dogs wrapped in a soft wheat or corn tortilla. You can top it with salsa and cheddar or cream cheese and jalapenos for an extra-spicy bite.

7. White bread

At the end of the month when the budget is tight, don’t go out and buy special buns just for your hot dogs. The white bread you already have in your kitchen cupboard will give you the same classic hot dog flavor. Just wrap a slice around your frank and add your favorite topping, or slice up the frank to make a hot dog sandwich.

8. Pretzel buns

Nothing says special occasion like warm pretzel buns. They have the chewy texture of a roll but with the savory taste of pretzels. Tuck half a frank into a mini-pretzel bun with some mustard, and you have a winning appetizer that works just as well before Christmas dinner as it does on game day.

9. Rye Bread

How about a hot dog Rueben sandwich? On cold days this toasted melty sandwich really hits the spot. With grilled franks, melted Swiss and heated sauerkraut with Thousand Island dressing nestled between two pieces of toasted dark rye, you’ve got the perfect hot sandwich for a blustery afternoon.

10. Potato Bread

Buttery, sweet and soft as a pillow, there’s a reason potato bread is a favorite with kids and adults. When you’re looking for the perfect late-night snack, it doesn’t get much better than a hot dog on potato bread. You can dress it up or eat it plain; it’s a delectable snack any way you slice it. If no one is looking, go ahead and butter the potato bread first. You won’t be sorry.