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A few years back, a little fast food place opened here north of Detroit, Michigan. It was called Loaded Links. Basically, it was a high-end hot-dog and circus food place. They had all sorts of options on the menu. For instance, there was the Millionaire’s Dog, which had a Wagyu steak dog with fois gras and truffle sauce. They also had menu items with names like Windy City Dog or New York-Style, etc. I went through trying all of the variations. My wife had been getting the Reuben Dog with a few small alterations. I believe it normally came with an all-beef hot dog, and she would substitute a Polish sausage, instead. She would also get it without pastrami. Now, I thought pastrami was kind of an odd innovation. Corned beef, yes. Pastrami? Eh. So, I didn’t try the Reuben Dog until we had been there at least ten times. And I was very pleasantly surprised. It was without a doubt the best thing on their menu. A week later, I was jonesing for that Reuben Dog. We headed over there, and…they were closed. They had a note saying that they were moving and would be at a new location in the spring. And then CoViD-19 appeared. Loaded Links has not yet reappeared if it will. And I’ve been jonesing for another Reuben Dog.
Oh, I have had Reubens since then. Given my conditions, they have to be naked, no bread. Likewise, Loaded Links had an option to serve the hot dogs in a gluten-free corn tortilla, which is how I had been eating them there. But those naked Reubens weren’t quite the same.
My wife goes shopping on Saturday evenings. She’ll bring back the ingredients so I can cook something up that will last most of the week. Maybe it will be some form of pizza or casserole, a soup or a stew or chili. Yesterday, I suggested having Reuben Dogs this week. There is nothing special about them. They’re easy to make. She suggested using brats instead of normal hot dogs. I was up for that.
So, here it is:
Ingredients (per serving)
1 Hot Dog Bun or Substitute (corn tortilla, lightly fried)
2 T Sauerkraut
1 Slice Swiss Cheese
1 Slice of Pastrami (optional)
Thousand Island Dressing
If you are using corn tortillas, start by gently frying them in a bit of butter.
Cook the brats per package directions.
While cooking the brats, preheat the oven to 300º F. Prepare oven-safe serving dish(es) by putting down the buns (or substitutes). Then add the slice of Swiss cheese and pastrami (if used). When the brats are finished, put them into the buns. Add the kraut over the top. Bake at 300º F for fifteen (15) minutes to melt the cheese and heat the other ingredients.
Add Thousand Island dressing to the top and serve.Published in