We were asked by Hebrew National to share a recipe using their famous quality franks, so we decided to make a grilled hot dog sandwich topped with some delicious spicy habañero chimichurri!
Originally from Argentina, chimichurri is a marinade usually made from parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice that adds a zing of flavor to all kinds of meat.
We decided to add some heat to our chimichurri with habañero peppers. We love spicy and we thought it would balance the smoky, salty flavors of the hot dog well!
We sliced our hotdog in half, grilled both sides to get a good char, toasted up some whole wheat bread from the farmer's market, placed our hot dog on a bed of arugula and mizuna (I love greens that add a little bite). Then we topped our hot dog with our spicy chimichurri sauce and added some heirloom tomato slices for acid and crunch.
The whole thing was so easy and yummy! This sandwich is a great way to take your hot dogs to a whole new level this summer.
SPICY HABAÑERO CHIMICHURRI RECIPE
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced or pressed
- 1 tablespoon onion
- 2 teaspoons of finely diced habañero pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
Combine olive oil, parsley, red wine vinegar, garlic, lime juice, and salt and habenero pepper in a bowl. Mix and taste. Two teaspoons of habanero should be medium spicy. Add another teaspoon or two if you like it hot! Let it rest for an hour or two to let the flavors combine.
When entertaining in summer, I love putting food out and giving my guests lots of choices.
For a BBQ, I recommend putting out a plate of grilled hot dogs, some sliced bread, some lettuce and tomato, and an array of condiments including ketchup and mustard for those old school flavors. (You can see my Hunt's Tomato Ketchup and Gulden's Mustard here which I served right next to my chimichurri).
I'd give no instructions to my guests on how to make their sandwiches, but let them do the creating. It's more fun that way, and if you can get people talking about food -- their likes and dislikes -- you have a party. In my opinion, there's no better ice breaker!
With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It's all about what makes the cut (and what doesn't). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.
“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.”
Michelle from Michelle's Party Plan-It is here with a creative way to bake a birthday cake... using a waffle iron!
Looking for a fast and easy way to bake a birthday cake without using an oven? How about using a waffle iron? It’s hot here in Southern California and the last thing I want to do is fire up the oven to bake.
I recently baked some ready-made cinnamon rolls in my waffle iron and have since been on the hunt to find other items I can bake with my waffle iron. One of my friends shared how she baked a cake with a waffle iron and I knew I had to try it out for myself.
- 1 box cake mix of your choice (plus ingredients as directed on the box)
- Waffle iron
- Non-stick cooking spray
Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box and turn on your waffle iron.
Spray the top and bottom waffle iron plates with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in the center of the waffle iron. The amount of cake batter will depend on the size and shape of your waffle iron. Just like when you make waffles, it may take some trial and error to determine the right amount of batter.
Cook until steaming stops, then carefully remove the cake waffle.
Once cooled, spread a thin layer of icing on top of the cake waffle and sprinkle some sprinkles on the edges. Stack another cake waffle and repeat.
- Use whipped cream instead of icing and add fresh fruit.
- Serve vanilla ice cream between two layers to make ice cream sandwiches.
- Serve warm with whipped cream and fudge sauce.
This looks crazy delicious, Michelle, and so cool!
Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...
A fun Curious George birthday party with yellow hats and bananas, a wild rumpus Where the Wild Things Are birthday party for a one year old, a rustic shabby chic mint and gold baby shower, and a milk and cookies party featuring Cookie Monster!
Clockwise from top left:
Our super chic blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing an easy table runner made out of craft paper, perfect for a colorful summer party or baby shower!A brightly colored table runner is a great way to take a party table from boring to beautiful, and with this table runner, there is no sewing involved because it's made from craft paper. This quick, easy, and inexpensive party DIY is a fun way to add a little color to your next event!
- Roll of craft paper
- Assortment of acrylic paint
- Wine cork
- Paper towels
Unroll your craft paper and cut it to the length of your table, adding a foot of length to each side. This will not only look nicer, but it also help to keep the runner in place.
We were asked by DiGiorno® to come up with a fun pizza design using their new DESIGN A PIZZA kit. The DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with everything you need to create your own pizza masterpiece.
I knew my daughter, Lainey, would enjoy doing this. She loves creating any kind of masterpiece, especially one she can eat!
Lainey is a huge Minecraft fan, in fact she's going to Minecraft camp in a few weeks, so when we came up with the idea of making a Creeper pizza she was so excited!
The DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:
- Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
- Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
- Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni.
Because we both love pepperoni, cheese, and seasonings, those were the toppings we chose to go with for our pizza. Here are all the toppings right out of the box:
First thing we did was add the extra cheese.
Next, because everything in Minecraft comes in blocks, we had to make a block pizza. I used a square piece of 7.5" x 7.5" paper to cut it out.
Next we cut the pepperoni into squares. We needed 4 square pieces of pepperoni and one additional square cut in half and then one half cut into quarters.
Here the Minecraft design so you can see how the pepperonis are put together.
And here's Lainey adjusting the pieces.
Our finished pizza...
And since the DESIGN A PIZZA kit comes with a pack of oregano, and Creepers are green, it was the perfect touch!
What did we do with the pizza edges? We sprinkled on a little extra cheese and... delicious!
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DiGiorno. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DiGiorno.
Nothing to me says summer like ice cream. Since I was a child, ice cream has always been my favorite dessert.
One of my best summer memories is of my dad taking me out for ice cream to our local ice cream shop in New Jersey called Grunings. The best part was that I was allowed to order anything I wanted, and I always got the same thing... a banana split. My special banana split had vanilla ice cream with extra chocolate sauce and extra whipped cream. It was delicious.
I can still picture eating it out of one of those big glass banana boats. But what really makes the memory special is that it was time I got to spend with just my dad. I remember him being so tall and handsome. He had a mustache, wore tennis clothes, and drove a little Datsun 280z. And I remember being so proud to be out with him.
So when I was asked by Nutella to "Spread the Happy," and share a favorite summer memory, I thought in honor of my dad and our trips to Grunings, I'd make frozen Nutella banana toppers.
These were simple to make. All ll I did was slice bananas and lay them on a sheet of wax paper covering a small cutting board. I heated the Nutella for 20 seconds in the microwave to melt it a little.
Then using a spoon (and my finger), I coated the tops and sides of the banana slices.
I froze them for about three hours and then used them to top my ice cream! They are delicious, just like my old banana splits, and the best part is they make me think of my dad.
If you love Nutella and want to share how you enjoy it, check out the Nutella Tumbler page!
Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.
I love when I get to participate in blog hops, especially with bloggers I admire and respect.
So, if you need July 4th party and BBQ ideas, then please hop over and visit some of my favorite friends. There are crafts, recipes, free printables, and more! Enjoy the jaunt!
July 4th Ideas:
- 1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup S'mores
- 2. Free 4th of July Chalkboard Art Print
- 3. DIY 4th of July Scrap Fabric Banner
- 4. Free Printables 4th of July Tags
- 5. Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Bar
- 6. Flip Flop Ice Cream Sandwiches
2. Dirt cupsTo add to the theme of getting dirty, Oreo "dirt, "pudding cups, with gummy worm candy make for a fun treat for kids.
7. Party supplies
- Construction zone paper dessert plates
- Construction zone beverage napkins
- Construction zone cupcake toppers
- Construction zone tablecover
- Construction zone dangling swirls
- Black and white baker's twine
- Yellow mini popcorn boxes
- Black horizontal paper straw
- Black gumball tube
- Lemon rock candy sugar stick
- Yellow construction hat
- Construction sign cutouts
For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all these construction birthday parties on our site.
Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...
A gorgeous pink, white and black Parisian girl birthday party, a hot pink and gold baby shower with hot air balloons and elephants, an amazing colorful cowgirl birthday party, and a fun boy Minecraft birthday party.
Clockwise from top left:
- Sweet Memories' J'adore Paris!
- Nora N's Pink & Gold Hot Air Balloon and Baby Elephant theme
- Lisa K's Savannah's Rodeo
- Creative Parties & You's Minecraft Themed Birthday Party