NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce #SundaySupper

So I couldn’t decide at first if I would participate in this weeks Sunday Supper event, even though the theme was Holiday Music/Movie/TV Inspired dishes, which is such a fun theme. Why did I hesitate? Well today is a special day, it is my 5 year anniversary. But our recent trip to New York inspired me so I decided to honour my husband’s favourite Christmas movie, Die Hard, with this post. Every time we go to New York my husband says we need to try a authentic NY hot dog from one of the hundreds of hot dog stalls around the city. But every time we go I chicken out. I am not a hot dog fan, I don’t eat meat that isn’t at least 80% meat and even then the other 20% needs to be whole ingredients so hot dogs aren’t something I would normally eat. But I do know that for things like this a sausage doesn’t quite provide the same taste and texture. So I did some research and was happy to find there is a company here in the UK that makes a hot dog with 82% pork and the rest of the ingredients aren’t too horrific as I know what they are, when you can’t pronounce an ingredient and you have no idea it is that is when I run. So I decided to finally eat a hot dog for the first time in 10 years and I have to say it was pretty good. What made it was this incredible onion sauce that from what I understand is a staple condiment on most of the NY hot dog cards. I picture it being just the thing a tough guy like John McClane would eat.

NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce

125mL (1/2 c.) water
1 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp inexpensive balsamic vinegar
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce (I used Franks RedHot sauce)
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 large red onions, sliced thin (The recipe called for red onions but I didn’t have any on hand)
1/4 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 frankfurters
4 buns
Recipe from Amazing Ribs


In a medium sized bowl combine the water and cornstarch and whisk it until smooth. Add in the tomato paste, balsamic, mustard, (I have to confess I forgot to pick this ingredient up when I was at the store so I just committed it. Turned out wonderful but I wanted to keep it in the recipe as I wanted it to be more authentic) brown sugar, hot sauce, and cinnamon.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and warm the oil. Add the onions and sprinkle with the salt. Cook until the edges start to brown but don’t let it burn. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Add the liquid mixture to the onions and stir well. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. Check frequently to make sure it is not burning and the water has not evaporated. Add more water if needed. The final result should be thick, not runny, but not pasty. After an hour, taste and adjust salt and other flavors as you wish.

Heat the hot dogs according to the package directions. We chose to grill ours but I know the more authentic way is to boil. Add the hot dogs to the buns and spoon a large helping of the onion sauce. Add sauerkraut if desired.

Party Appetizers & Snacks:

Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”- Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song”Food Lust People Love
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Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies
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“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” - In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow”Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding
Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol”No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes
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Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”
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Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts
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Festive Main Dishes

Maple Syrup Spaghetti- Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” -girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” -Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause”The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies - Inspired by the movie
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Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”Curious Cuisiniere
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Sweet Holiday Treats:

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” - The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies - Inspired by the movie “White Christmas” -The Foodie Army Wife
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Cozy Drinks:

Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa- Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”- Chocolate Moosey
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20 Responses to NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce #SundaySupper

  1. Happy anniversary! Don’t even get me started on Squirrel’s love of Die Hard. It runs deep. This onion sauce looks amazing. Now I need to go find me a hot dog. Pinned.

  2. Love that you chose Die Hard and i love that you made hot dogs! My Husband would be happy if I served him your recipe! Awesome post, so creative!

  3. Happy Anniversary and Merry Christmas to you and your family. So glad you are part of the #SundaySupper Family!

  4. Stacy says:

    You can’t think too hard or read the labels if you want to eat hot dogs, Laura. I love your caramelized onions on that beautiful dog. Definitely worth turning a blind eye to the other 18 percent we don’t want to think about. :)

  5. Liz says:

    I’m the same way about hot dogs and rarely eat them. But when I do, they sure taste good! I’d love to try your onion relish! Happy Anniversary!!! xo

  6. Renee says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I’m a little picky about the hot dogs I eat, mainly due to the flavor instead of the ingredients (we all have our splurges). Now I’m dreaming about your onion sauce and thinking how great it would be on lots of other things too.

  7. One of my husband’s favorite Christmas movies as well. Good call. And the onion sauce sounds amazing! I will have to give that a try.

  8. Katy says:

    I love the choice of movie and this lip-smackin’ relish!

  9. Happy Anniversary! I rarely eat hot dogs for the very same reason, you point out, but yours looks amazing – especially the onion sauce!

  10. I’m not the biggest hot dog fan either but covered in your sauce, I’d go for one! Merry Christmas Laura!

  11. I usually eat the turkey hot dogs but obviously they lack in flavor, I love the onion sauce to go with it! I’m going to give this a shot!!! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  12. Shannon R says:

    I’m so glad someone did Die Hard! Happy Anniversary, I hope you have a wonderful day!

  13. Shaina says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for still joining in with us today :)

  14. If you’re ever wanting to try hot dogs again, make sure to try looking for kosher or halal hot dogs. The majority of brands that produce these for the Jewish (kosher) and Muslim (halal) food industry are scrupulous about only filling them with real meat. They will be more expensive but also delicious.

  15. Boy these sound good! I just love a good hot dot!

  16. I’m giggling thinking of Die Hard as a Christmas movie, but hey – it’s true! It is! As a huge fan of all things onion-related, I’m putting this sauce on my must-try list. Looks so great!

  17. I don’t eat hot dogs much anymore either. If I’m at a sporting event, it seems like a must though! And these look delightful, plus it’s nice to know they aren’t too bad for you.

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