Revamp your summer hot dogs and top them with creamy cheddar cheese and crunchy, tangy, spicy kimchi. It’s the perfect gourmet combo.
When we lived in Japan, I taught a 6th grade ESL class. One of the lessons we did was a show-and-tell of sorts, where the students would come to class with a how-to presentation to share. One of my students MADE KIMCHI. I was in absolute awe, especially since it was our first year in Tokyo and I had little to no idea about Asian food at all, let alone the process of making kimchi. He obviously had to simplify the process for his presentation, you know, because of the fermenting in the ground part, but we got the idea. Needless to say, I have been fascinated and obsessed with kimchi since that moment. It became more familiar and meaningful to me then, which is what I love about so many of my favorite foods.
So, for these tasty hot dogs, I topped them with some funky, spicy kimchi and some ooey, gooey melted cheddar cheese to create a fun twist on a summer favorite. This would also be a fantastic addition to your DIY Hot Dog Bar on the 4th of July! And before you say anything, YES, cheese with kimchi is a thing. See here, here, and here.
And of course, if the kiddos are not into spicy things, you can make some plain hot dogs and top them with their favorite toppings while the adults enjoy this version washed down with a tasty unfiltered wheat beer. Deal? DEAL.
- 4 natural, all beef hot dogs (I like Applegate)
- 4 brioche hot dog buns
- ½ cup kimchi
- ½ cup Tillmook Farmstyle Shredded Cheese (because it is the best at melting into gooey deliciousness)
- sriracha for drizzling
- Thai or regular basil and/or cilantro for garnish (and because it looks prettttyyyy)
- Cook your hot dogs on the grill or under the broiler until hot all the way through. Place them in your hot dog buns, then place them on a baking sheet. Preheat your broiler to high if it isn't already started.
- Top the hot dogs with the kimchi and sprinkle with the cheese. Place under the broiler, watching carefully, until the cheese has melted. Take care not to burn your buns! (Insert inappropriate jokes *here*)
- Drizzle the hot dogs with sriracha and sprinkle with basil and/or cilantro.
- Serve and enjoy!