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Brazilian Hot Dogs

June 25th 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

In Rio De Janeiro, the late-night crowd like to hang around vintage VW vans that have become home to food trucks known for their Podrão (pronounced po’-drone). Hot dogs simmered in a tomato sauce with onions and peppers and then piled mile-high with every topping imaginable.  This is Brazil's classic midnight snack and it’s junk food at its finest. If you would like to conjure a little more authenticity to your World Cup midnight snacks, this is the way forward.
 
Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 all-beef, pork or turkey hot dogs sliced into thirds
1 14.5-ounce can stewed tomatoes
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
6 hot dog buns

Toppings:
salt and freshly ground black pepper, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard

EXTRAS:
hard boiled quails eggs, canned peas and/or corn, drained and rinsed, grated parmesan cheese, french fried matchstick potatoes

Step 1 - Warm the oil in a stock pot and add the onion, pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring until softened.
Step 2 -Add the hot dogs, tomatoes, oregano, salt and pepper and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Step 3 -Serve hot, scooping the sauce and a few hot dog segments into a bun with your choice of typical food truck toppings.
 
Maybe wash it all down with a caipirinha or two - Brazil's national cocktail drink, or maybe stick to a cold beer to get you in the mood for surviving a month of football madness.