Cheddar Cheese Dogs With Cider-Braised Leeks And Apples

Prep Time: 45 Minutes

Yields: 6 Servings


Leeks and apples simmered in cider add a touch of sweetness to this recipe, which is a nice contrast to the melted cheddar. In England, oblong pretzel rolls are preferred when making these English-style dogs.


6 grilled all-beef hot dog

2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2½ cups thinly sliced leeks, white and pale green parts only

1 apple, peeled, cored and diced

2 tbsps butter

½ tsp caraway seeds

pinch ground allspice

salt and black pepper to taste

granulated garlic to taste

1½ cups apple cider

¼ cup bourbon

6 grilled hot dog buns

6 tsps Dijon mustard


Heat grill according to manufacturer's directions. When ready to serve, grill dogs 5–8 minutes. Grill buns at this time if you wish. In a heavy-bottomed sauté pan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add leeks and apple then cover and cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Mix in caraway seeds and allspice. Season to taste with salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Add cider and bourbon then bring to a rolling boil, reduce to low and cook 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated. When ready to serve, place bun on a plate and spread with Dijon mustard. Top with a grilled hot dog and sprinkle with cheese. Top with hot leek mixture.