Friday, July 1, 2011

Gray's Papaya Red Onion Hot-Dog Sauce Recipe

Papaya drink at Gray's Papaya
New York city has so much to offer in food with its complex culture. A microcosm of America the melting pot, yet our country's most famous city is best known for perhaps of the simplest of foods: the humble hot-dog. It's a comfort food craved by thousands daily. Cooked in vendor's hot-dog carts and swimming around in a warm pool of water then topped with your choice of toppings it's a legend which has been nicknamed “comfort on a bun.”

Recession Special
One of the most notable hot-dog franchises is the legendary Gray's Papaya made famous by movies such as "Fools Rush In". When we landed in New York about a month ago with an eight hour layover before our international flight to Brussels, we immediately jumped on the New York Metro for a 9 AM breakfast of champions at the 24 hour Gray's Papaya in south Manhattan. There we got the recession special: two push-cart hot dogs smothered in Sabrett's Prepared Onion Sauce, and two papaya drinks. It's a taste you'll never forget once you eat it, and for those of us unfortunate enough not live within walking distance to a  N.Y. dirty water hot-dog we're forced to channel the Big Apple with this legendary red hot-dog sauce recipe.

Ingredients:
NY pushcart red onion sauce recipe
  • 1-2 Vidalia onions
  • 1 cup water
  • butter or olive oil for sauteing onions.
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon lite corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika 
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Method:
Awesome version of red hot-dog sauce: kraut!
  1. Slice onions, and mince garlic.
  2. In a frying pan over medium high heat melt your butter and saute' onions and garlic with a bit of salt and pepper.
  3. Once caramelized, add vinegar, tomato paste, corn starch and water. Mix and bring to a boil.
  4. Finally add Tabasco, paprika, salt, and lastly the corn syrup. Return to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and simmer and stir for 15 minutes or until thickened slightly.

Optional Awesome Version:
I love sauerkraut on my hot-dogs, so I also take one small can of drained sauerkraut and toss it into the mix around step four. It's rather amazing that way.