Fiesta Dogs with Street Corn Guacamole
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m not a huge sports fan. I’m just not very good at playing them, and I tend to get bored watching games/matches on TV.
When it comes to watching sports, my general disinterest can probably be attributed to the fact that I simply don’t know the rules. I suppose I could learn them, but I’m old and lazy, and I already have so many interests and hobbies. (Like young adult novels and eye masking.) I almost got a handle on football one evening last fall and thought, “Ohhhhhh I get it now! This is fun!” But then I realized I was just drunk and enjoying my roommate’s company/explanation of why all these crazy men were chasing each other. At which point I screamed, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!!!” and promptly lost interest again.
Ironically, while I don’t like sports themselves, I live for sporting events. There’s something about the energy in a stadium or arena that I love, and each sport has its own merits. Tennis has excellent mixed drinks and cardigans. Football has touchdown dances. Basketball has t-shirt cannons and regular musical interludes. Hockey has fights!! And baseball? Baseball just makes me feel American and provides an opportunity to eat my annual hot dog. It’s my favorite.
(You’ll notice I have not listed a positive about attending golf tournaments. That’s because I can’t think of one. I would literally rather go to a Widespread Panic concert on my birthday than attend a golf tournament. Sorry.)
I’ll happily attend any of the above sporting events if invited, but I make a point of getting myself to at least one baseball game a year. It’s always a highlight of my summer, and I was rather panicked that I might not be able to get one in this season. Then I got an email from my friends at Peapod notifying me that they had recently become the official online grocer of the New York Yankees, and they’d be sending me and Logan to a game on September 26th. Crisis averted, THANK GOD! I shall get my outdoor hotdog fix afterall.
In other exciting news, Peapod is running a kickass sweepstakes. Now through August 21st, each time a New York customer places an order with Peapod, they will automatically be entered to the Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes. A randomly selected winner will get the full Yankees VIP treatment: 4 tickets to the Legends Suite for a home game, a New York Yankees pre-game on-field experience and a pre-game dining experience with a New York Yankees alumni, and four $100 gift cards to the Yankees Stadium Team Store. Soooo, New York, peeps, you best place your next grocery order, stat.
But wait, there’s more!! In addition to the sweepstakes, Peapod is offering one of you, my fabulous Internet friends, 2 tickets to the Yankees game on September 26. Head over to Instagram (@serenagwolf) to enter the giveaway!
And in case you don’t win the sweepstakes or giveaway, I made you Fiesta Dogs with Street Corn Guacamole as a consolation prize…
These dogs are a hot mess, but in the best possible way. Nestled in a squishy bun with plenty of guac and topped with chopped romaine, tomatoes, cotija, and hot sauce, these taco-themed dogs are the stuff of late summer fantasies. Whether you serve them at a picnic or bbq or crush them on the couch while you watch a game, they’re a guaranteed home run. (Had to.) For the full recipe, hop on over to FromThePod.com.
p.s. The street corn guacamole is delicious insanity. It’s loaded with grilled sweet corn, lime, cotija, cilantro, and chili powder, and the sweet and savory flavors literally explode in your mouth. Even if you hate hot dogs(??!!), I highly recommend making this guac for dipping, tacos, burgers, sandos, toast, etc. Seriously.
- 8 100 % beef hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- 1 cup finely chopped iceberg lettuce or romaine hearts
- 1 large tomato diced small
- Hot sauce for serving optional
- For the Street Corn Guacamole:
- 1 ear sweet corn shucked
- 2 ripe avocados
- Juice of 1 lime
- ½ teaspoon ancho chili powder
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup crumbled Cotija cheese plus extra for serving (Feta is also great!)
- 3 tablespoons minced red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
- Start by prepping the guacamole. Pre-heat a lightly oiled grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Place the ear of corn directly on the hot grill. Cook for 8-10 minutes, rotating the corn every 2-3 minutes, until the kernels deepen in color and are lightly charred in spots. Remove from the grill and let cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, use a sharp knife to slice the corn kernels from the cob. Briefly set aside.
- Slice the avocados in half lengthwise, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into a medium mixing bowl. Add the lime juice, chili powder, a good pinch of salt, and a few cranks of black pepper. Using a fork, mash the avocado until relatively smooth. (A few small lumps are fine.) Fold the corn, cheese, red onion, and cilantro into the guacamole. Taste and season with extra salt and pepper if needed. Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the guacamole (to keep it from browning) while you grill the hot dogs.
- Score the hot dogs on the bias with the tip of a sharp knife. (This is optional, but I like to do it to help the dogs get extra crispy and absorb more smoky flavor.) Place on a lightly oiled grill or grill pan over medium-high heat and cook, rotating the dogs every few minutes or so, until they’re well browned all over. (This should take about 6-8 minutes.)
- Assembly time! Spread the inside of each hot dog bun with a generous amount of guacamole. Nestle the hot dogs in the prepared buns and top with lettuce, tomato and hot sauce (if using). Garnish with a little extra cheese if you’re feeling particularly festive. Serve immediately.
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