These hot dogs are famous. Not the brand of dog, the preparation. Generally known in New Jersey as Italian Hot Dogs. Specific cities and towns have their own names that extend from the restaurants where they were prepared. I know them as Tony Go’s.
As a college student I worked one summer for the Information Office of the NJ Department of Transportation. I was interviewed by a local radio station about the newly issued New Jersey maps. And then I packed those free maps as requests poured in. I was quick. I was efficient. Maps were being mailed out daily. I was too efficient. So, as too speedy summer help, it became my job to go out and pick up lunch… since all map orders were filled until the afternoon mail came in! That summer we consumed bags and bags of Tony Go’s hot dogs.
The ingredients are simple:
your favorite hot dog
(did you know you can get hot dogs from both Hillacres Pride and Buck Wild Bison at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market?)
potatoes (yes, potatoes)
a crusty Italian roll (or large piece of baguette…you can get the appropriate “bread” from Amber Grains, Wildflour Bakery, Dulce, and Villa Barone)
1. Clean and slice the onions, peppers, and potatoes.
2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan.
3. Start frying the sliced peppers on medium heat.
4. Add the onions.
5. When the onions are transparent and the peppers are starting to soften (be careful not to burn), toss in the potatoes. Stir frequently for about ten minutes. Put a lid on the pan. Check frequently for another ten minutes or so.
6. When the potatoes are starting to brown (again, be careful not to burn the peppers or onions) and are fork tender add the hot dogs and put the lid on again. Continue to cook until the hot dogs are heated through.
7. Fill a sliced roll (or piece of baguette) with the onion, peppers, and potatoes. Top with a hot dog. Add mustard.
Not only are these delicious, but for me, they always bring back happy memories of youthful summer days!
Ingredients from the Collingswood Farmers’ Market:
hot dogs – Hillacres Pride or Buck Wild Bison
peppers – Hymer Farm, Formisano Farms, Springdale Farms
potatoes – Savoie Organic Farm, Hymer Farm, Formisano Farm
onions – Savoie Organic, DanLynn Organic, Formisano Farm
rolls – Amber Grains, Wildflour, Dulce, Villa Barone