Regional City Dogs

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What could be better than going out to the ball park? Bringing the ball park home and getting creative with franks by using a mix of city savory toppings. Impress your guests with premium toppings and enjoy some tasteful and fun regional spins on the All-American wiener for your next cookout.

Franks and Hot Dog Recipes

LA Taco Wrap Use farm fresh veggies, sweet caramelized onions, and my 60-sec guacamole as a topping wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. 

Chicago 2nd City Dog How do you improve a Chicago Hot Dog that has been served up in ballparks for over 100 years? for the 2nd city serve up two dogs. AND Infused Hot dogs are gently heated in a good quality beer.

Carolina Double Dip Carolina BBQ is a multi-hour long process, low and slow. For the ultimate mix of 100% Beef hot dog, wrapped with what Carolina does best--pork. And smokey bacon kicks up the flavor and texture.

NYC Street Corner Frank Home to Hot Dog street carts with over 1.5 billion franks. Split top soft buns with spicy deli-style mustard, caramelized red onion sauce, sauerkraut, relish and handcrafted potato chips on the side.

Jersey Red Hots Think flatbread pizza meets hot dogs. Grilled or pan fried and stuffed into Italian bread pizza along with crispy pancetta, potatoes, provolone, fried onion, and grilled red hot pepper.

Chef George Hirsch’s Caramelized Onions Preheat a nonstick saucepan to a medium heat. Place 2 cups sliced onions in the pan and cover. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown. Stir and cover again. Continue the process until the onions are a golden brown. Remove the cover. Cook off any excess moisture. Remove the onions from the pan and cool.

Chef George Hirsch’s Red Onion Sauce Preheat a nonstick saucepan to a medium heat. Place 2 cups sweet sliced onions and 4 cloves of chopped garlic in the pan and cover. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown. Stir and add 1⁄4 cup ketchup, 1 Tablespoon paprika, 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes. Stir all ingredients into onions and cover again. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve warm with sausage, franks or burgers.

 Hot Dog Grilling & Cooking Tips

1 - Start with a clean grill, pre heat grill to high heat; always light grill with the cover up 

2 - Place a high sided casserole pan with *seasoned liquid on grill or side burner and bring up to a boil. *Seasoned Liquid: 1 Bottle of beer, sliced onion, brown sugar, or 2 Cups beef or chicken broth, sliced onion, bay leaf. Or, 1/2 Bottle Beer, 1 Cup Broth, Sliced Onion, juice from drained can of baked beens!

3 - Add Hot Dogs, and very gently simmer and heat until warm 4-5 minutes. With tongs remove hot dogs from liquid and quickly sear on grill surface turning to brown on each side

Lemon Squares


Tune-in GHL Create TV Sat 6/22 6AM/6PM, Sun 6/23 12PM est

I have shared many desserts in my cookbooks and TV series, delighted to share one of my most requested desserts. 

This is the quintessential dessert, although it is also a popular dessert during the summer season. I have been told my recipe is the perfect balance of sweetness, lemony tartness and buttery shortbread. Make a batch and share this refreshing treat at your next gathering.


Lemon Squares (aka Lemon Bars) depends on how you cut them

Makes 1 dozen, eight inch square pan

George Hirsch Recipe |

Short Bread Crust:

1/2 cup sweet butter, room temperature 

1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

pinch cinnamon

A square tip: (lining pan with parchment paper is helpful for removing squares after baking)

Grease an 8 inch square pan with butter, line with parchment

Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

For the Crust: With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. By hand mix flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon forming a light dough. Press dough into greased pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes, should be light brown. Remove from oven and cool in pan.

Lemon Filling:

3/4 cup granulated sugar 

2 eggs

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 

1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest 

2 Tablespoon all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch salt

For the Lemon Filling: Mix with a wire whisk the sugar, flour, salt, and eggs until dissolved. Add fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla just until combined. Do not over mix or too much air will affect filling. Pour the filling over the cooled shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the filling is set. 

Remove from oven and cool. After cooling at room temperature, refrigerate. To serve, cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar. Chill lemon squares until ready to serve.