Election Night Chili Dogs with Chili-Cheese Fries

Am I behind in my postings? Oh, you bet! This was originally scheduled for Election Night – just never got around to hitting the “publish” . . .

Throughout the day, Hubby, Kiddo and I avoided the internet, CNN and Fox – living in California, we did not want to hear any of the early returns from the east. We wanted to wait until the polls closed in our State.

Hubby predicted a landslide for Hillary Clinton, I thought it was going to be a close call with Hillary pulling out at the end and Kiddo said he just couldn’t figure out which way it would go. The one thing we all agreed upon was a little party – not so much a victory party as a celebration of the end of this whole roller coaster ride of an election.  Like so many Americans, we just wanted it all to come to an end already. And what better way to celebrate something so crazy than with chili dogs and French Fries? No matter the results, you’ve got your comfort food and can blame any indigestion not on the election results but the chili. Yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

chili-cheese-dogSmokey Chili-Cheese Dogs
1 Package Good Quality Hot Dogs (Nathans or Hebrew National)
1 Package Good Quality Hot Dog Buns
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Large Can Favorite Chili (Dennison’s Hot)
Mayonnaise, about 1 tablespoon per bun
Fresh Grated Smoked Gouda Cheese

Heat griddle to about medium-high. Split hot dogs in half length-wise.

While griddle warms, heat chili in a heavy-bottom pot over medium heat, stirring as needed to prevent burning or scorching.

Chop onion, set aside until ready to use.

Grate Smoked Gouda, about a handful per dog. Set aside until ready to use.

When griddle is hot, cook dogs, cut side down until nice and browned. Turn dogs and allow skin to blister nicely without burning.

Split hot dog bun. Smear with mayonnaise.

Place grilled dog on bun. Top with chili, then freshly grated cheese. Top with chopped onion.

chili-cheese-friesChili-Cheese French Fries
1/2 Bag Frozen French Fries
Cooking Spray
Sea Salt to Taste
1 small Can Dennison’s HOT Chili, warmed on the stove
1/2 Cup Grated Smoked Cheese or Sharp Cheddar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Spread French Fries in a single layer on baking sheet. Spray fries with cooking spray.

Season as desired. Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Turn oven off, let continue to warm another 5 minutes or so. While fries are baking in the oven, warm chili in a sauce pot.

Remove French Fries from oven. Place in a large rimmed serving platter, spreading out. Ladle chili over fries. Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Heat broiler element in oven. Pop fries under broiler and let cheese melt. Remove from oven and serve.

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