I’ve been a huge Chicago Blackhawks fan since I was 5 and my dad was stationed at the army fort outside of Chicago. I endured a lot of lean years as a Blackhawks fan, so I was really eager for them to end their Stanley Cup drought last season. I’m a big believer in the power of lucky foods, so when they reached the cup finals, I planned my lucky meal immediately- Chicago-style hot dogs. And it worked. I like to think that the “Brian Campbell” engraved on the Stanley Cup last year is not the defenseman who had the lone assist on Kaner’s cup-winning goal, but me, the guy whose lucky dish made it all possible.
Right now the Chicago Blackhawks are just outside of the playoffs, in a five way tie with 68 points, but they’ve earned points in 6 of their last 7 and have a reasonably favorable schedule down the stretch. Nonetheless, it’s time to break out the hot dogs early this year.
What’s makes a dog Chicago-style? Well, it’s served on a poppy seed bun and served with yellow mustard, tomato wedges, sport peppers, green relish, a dill pickle spear, celery salt, and chopped onions. Sport peppers are a regional ingredient. So if you don’t live in the Chicago area or Texas or a few other places, they can be hard to come by. I had to order some last year. Once you have all the ingredients, assembling them is pretty straightforward. So get cracking.