With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, we’re taking a page out of our easy-summer-entertaining playbook. Hot dogs fresh off the grill are sure to make you the top dog at your Labor Day gathering. But are you looking to up your hot dog game this year? Wisconsin cheese and a few simple ingredients can transform the lowly frankfurter into a restaurant-worthy creation that’ll leave everyone talking. Try one of these five flavor-packed combinations this weekend:
- Hawaiian Barbeque Dog
Bright and fruity meet smoky and smooth flavors in this tropical-inspired dog topped with BBQ sauce, shredded Wisconsin gouda, pineapple chunks and scallions.
- Buffalo Blue Dog
Fiery and piquant, this dog spices things up with a creamy buffalo sauce extinguished by its timeless counterpart, Wisconsin blue cheese. For the sauce, combine 4 parts sour cream to 1 part Louisiana-style hot sauce. Top with crumbled blue cheese, diced celery and shredded carrots.
- Feta & Guacamole Dog
Smooth guacamole and tart Wisconsin feta are the ultimate combo in this dog topper, elevated with a dose of smoky spice from Aleppo pepper (or red chile flakes, if you prefer).
- Colby Jack & Kimchi Dog
Kimchi brings the heat and funk while shredded Wisconsin colby jack cheese mellows its intense flavor in this surprising balancing act.
- Pimento Cheese Dog
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but Wisconsin cheese is here to prove “them” wrong with this creamy, tangy combo. Top your dog with yellow mustard, Wisconsin pimento cheese spread and thinly sliced romaine lettuce for a cool crunch.