Top Dog Hot Dog opened near the UC Berkeley campus in 1966 and has remained a student staple since then. Owner Dick Reimann (a New York native) knows that a good sausage is a meal in itself and doesn't need anything except a top-quality bun. We spiced up this New York-style frank with sauerkraut and the student favorite, Russian spicy mustard, a very spicy and slightly sweet mustard.
Recipe courtesy of Melissa Gaman
Top Dog Frankfurter
Total:
1 hr 15 min
Active:
5 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
1 hr 15 min
Active:
5 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Four 4-inch pieces soft, seeded French bread (about 1 pound), split
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 all beef kosher-style frankfurters or knockwurst (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and squeezed dry

Directions

In a small bowl whisk the mustard powder, sugar, wine, vinegar, salt and turmeric until smooth and thick. Adjust the consistency with up to 1 teaspoon warm water. It should be thick, but not pasty since it will tighten up a bit as it sits. Chill for at least one hour or up to 3 days to allow the flavors to meld. It should be very sharp and a bit sweet. 

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. 

Put the bread in the oven to warm while cooking the franks. Heat a large griddle or nonstick skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When melted, add the franks and cook, turning, until hot through and browned on the outside, about 5 minutes. 

To assemble, put a frank inside a warm piece of bread and drizzle with the sweet hot mustard to taste. Top with sauerkraut.

Categories:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Kobayashi Dog (Japanese Hot Dog)

BLT Dogs

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Tokyo Dog

Recipe courtesy of Ladybird Food Truck

Corn Dogs

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

Nacho Dog

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Madison Dog

Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Salty Dog

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Holy & Hungry

7:30am | 6:30c

Holy & Hungry

8:30am | 7:30c

Emeril's Florida

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

11am | 10c

Unwrapped 2.0

11:30am | 10:30c

Unwrapped

12pm | 11c

Unwrapped

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unwrapped

1pm | 12c

Unwrapped

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cheap Eats

10pm | 9c

Cheap Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Cheap Eats

2am | 1c

Cheap Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here