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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Hot Chili Sundaes and Rudy's Hot Dogs

Last month our family went to Toledo, Ohio to see my aunt and grandma. My grandma is 97 and still going strong – slower, but strong – and my aunt is one of my favorite people in the world. We try to get up there every year to see them and so they can see the boys. It is usually a fast trip as school is always about to start.

This year we took the boys to one of my favorite fast food restaurants in the world; Rudy’s Hot Dog. I have been going to Rudy’s for as long as I can remember. They have the world’s best chili dogs. They steam their buns, boil their hot dogs, and put no beans in their chili. My aunt gave me a recipe for a chili that is similar to Rudy’s. Tonight I made it for the boys. Mmmmm good. They really liked the chili, but they did think it was a little hot. We took them there this past visit – my oldest had a chicken tenders, and my little one had a bowl of chili. Now my oldest likes chili dogs.

During my visit, my grandma was telling me how she goes to Tony Packo’s – of Mash and Klinger fame. When she is there she likes to order chili – a small portion. They serve it to her like a sundae. I thought it was such a cute idea that I would try it myself. I must say that I did really enjoy eating my chili out of a crystal sherbet glass.

Since I served my chili in such a fancy glass; the crystal was from my parents’ wedding, I decided to serve the hotdog on a china plate that had been my grandparents and given to me for my wedding china. It is from a set that I had always wanted. While tonight’s dinner was very simple, I had plenty of fun cooking and sharing with my boys. Thanks for letting me share with you too.

Chili Dog topping and Chili; adopted from Rudy’s Hot Dog

2 lbs hamburger
3 cups water
½ tbsp thyme
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
2 garlic cloves minced
Dash cayenne pepper

Brown beef in 4-6 quart stock pot. Add all other ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for one hour. Serve immediately either with hotdogs, or alone. Add condiments of choice – cheese, onions, green onions, green peppers, etc.


Beth said...

The sundae looks soooo pretty! I want some!

Becky said...

Rudy's is one of my favorite hot dog spots, just behind Tony Packo's. My family & I have moved away from the Toledo area. Thanks for the recipe, now we can enjoy a little taste of home.

bluesf said...

I am curious as to how closely this tastes like the real thing. Having grown up in West Toledo (and on my last trip, I bought frozen sauce and flew it back to the West Coast with me!), I SO want to be able to make it. Other recipes I've found have various spices i.e. Allspice, oregano, brown sugar, cumin, basil - so I'm wondering if you're convinced that you have the 'secret'! I'm planning on trying yours and adding if it seems to need it. I would love to hear your thoughts as obviously, you know what I'm talking about. There is nothing like Rudy's. Thanks!

Steve said...

I lived in Toledo for a long time and grew up on Rudy's. This recipe was fairly close, but if you change it up a bit you have a very close sauce. I added an extra tablespoon or two of chili powder and a little worcester sauce(maybe a quarter cup, I didn't measure). The worcester sauce is what this recipe really needs. Without it the sauce is good, but tastes more like Ortega taco sauce. With the worcester sauce it tastes very close to the real deal.

Katie's blog said...

I will have to try the Worcestershire sauce - sounds good. I will try this weekend and post my results!