When I lived in Hollywood, many of us ended our nights by heading straight for bacon wrapped hot dogs served in the seedy carts that wheeled along Hollywood Boulevard. These were affectionately called “danger dogs” because you knew there was a certain risk involved in the street food. People were willing to accept that risk for a flavorful late night taste of bacon. If culinary roulette just wasn’t your thing, then your other choice was to head to the iconic Mel’s Diner for a meal. I decided to recreate the memories of my Los Angeles people-watching in a dish, but without the danger, of course. I turned an American diner staple, the BLT., into a hot dog. I wrapped an organic hot dog in bacon, topped with the traditional BLT fixings and a tangy organic lemon yogurt sauce. Turns out BLT hot dogs are a satisfying meal that will cure your cravings.
This 100% organic meal stayed in budget thanks to comparison shopping and watching out for sales. I spied a new brand of organic grass fed hot dogs at the grocery store for a great price. It saved me $1.00 to go with this brand instead of our usual brand. I picked up the rest of the organic ingredients at a few other stores, so I knew I was getting the best price. At just $2.68 per serving, these organic BLT hot dogs won’t bust your budget. For a family of four, it comes to $10.71. Here is the cost of each BLT, and the rest of the ingredients:
- $3.00 Verde Farms Organic Uncured Hot Dogs purchased at Sprout’s.
- $2.66 Rudi’s Organic Bakery Wheat Hot Dog Rolls from Jimbo’s.
- $3.40 Applegate Organic Bacon from Sprout’s.
- $0.25 Wallaby Organic Plain Yogurt from Sprout’s.
- $0.45 Organic Lemon from Von’s.
- $0.45 Organic Tomato from Sprout’s.
- $0.50 Earthbound Organic Lettuce on sale at Sprout’s.
Below is the full recipe for the BLT hot dogs.[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:76]