The dwindling days of summer don't always lend themselves to culinary ambition: It's hot and I'm lazy. So, taking a cue from the nickname, I make the hot dog my supper of choice. When there's a baseball game scheduled the evening of my culinary dog day, all the better.
Even when you dress up the pup with a zesty slaw and assorted accouterments, this supper is speedier than a fastball. Because the franks are precooked, the microwave heats up the entree in about a minute.
Before you know it, it's time to step outside, turn on the radio and enjoy supper.
Renee Enna writes for the Chicago Tribune, which provided the recipe analysis. Dog Night With Zesty Slaw -- Makes 4 servings -- Total time: 16 minutes
1 bag (16 ounces) shredded coleslaw mix
1/4 cup each: light mayonnaise, chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon each: red-pepper flakes, salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
4 each: hot dogs, hot dog buns
mustard, onions, relish
For slaw, combine the coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, cilantro, red-pepper flakes, salt and black pepper to taste in a large bowl; set aside.
Combine ketchup, cumin and red pepper in small bowl; set aside.
Place hot dogs on a microwave-safe plate; cook on high (100 percent) power until done, about 1 minute. Place in buns; garnish with desired accoutrements. Serve slaw on top of dog or on the side.
Per serving: 392 calories, 23 grams fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 40 milligrams cholesterol, 36 grams carbohydrate, 12 grams protein, 1,691 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber