I have a lot to be thankful for when Father’s Day rolls around. Between my Dad, Allan’s Dad, my Step-Father and soon enough (!!!) Allan, there is certainly no shortage of fatherly love, advice, caring and support.
To my dad, the man who taught me to be brave and kind, get dirty (as long as you get clean afterwards and don’t drag it through the house), to stay true to my word and to always work hard and to appreciate good music (especially if that music is Joe Cocker’s With a Little Help From My Friends) I am eternally grateful. And anxious beyond anything to watch you become a grandfather to our little girl. To watch her fall in love with her silly Pop-Pop and gain the wisdom we’ve been lucky enough to have him bestow on us. Like: Mold can be cut off of everything and expiry dates are merely a suggestion. Try everything once. Be on time – always. Get on all the scary roller coasters even if they make you barf. If you find yourself near an ocean, you’re never too old to jump and laugh hysterically in the waves. You don’t have to boil the pre-cooked lasagna noodles (haaaa!). Your time is the best gift you can give someone, especially your dear old dad.
Hug your pops, or your fatherly figure, tight and tell him you love him tomorrow. Life would be a lot less filled with bear hugs, bedtime stories, piggy back rides, delicious spaghetti dinners, good music, belly laughs and fun without you, D-Money. I love you dearly (and I know I’m not exactly sharing these dogs with you tomorrow, but I will soon. I promise).
makes 6 dogs
While this would still be super tasty on a grocery store hot dog, if you can find some homemade dogs they will be that much better. If you’re in Ottawa, Hintonburg Market sells some really delicious ones made in-house.
Traditionally, Guadalajara Dogs are made with plain sour cream, diced tomatoes and onions. I thought we could do a bit better for Dad so I mixed things up a bit. The sweet roasted tomatoes with the creamy spicy sauce and biting onions is a killer pairing if you have a bit of extra time to put into them (and doesn’t your dad deserve that much after dealing with you all these years? I think so).
2 cups cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
3/4 cup sour cream (full fat is best, of course)
1 tbsp spicy chili oil* (more if you like it hot)
1/4 tsp lime zest
1 tsp fresh lime juice
1/2 cup raw onion, diced fine
6 hot dogs
6 hot dog buns
cilantro, to garnish
lime wedges, to garnish
For the tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 350. Toss the halved tomatoes with the garlic and olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes or until soft and oozy.
For the Chili-Lime Sour Cream
Mix the sour cream, chili oil, lime zest and juice and a pinch of salt. This is best if it has time to chill for a bit, 20-30 minutes up to 1 day in the fridge.
For the Dogs:
Cook hot dogs and buns however you like them – I lean towards roasting or BBQ’ing them. Toast or grill up your buns. Top each dog with a spoonful of the roasted tomatoes, some diced onion, a drizzle of the chili-lime sour cream and some lime and cilantro to garnish. And don’t forget to toast to your awesome Dad before you chow down!
*I use a chili oil from our Asian market. It’s fresh red chili in oil and it is HOT. You can always make your own if you’ve got a little bit of time. Sriracha would be good, too, but would alter the flavour slightly.