By Lauren Cox of Closer to Your Food
Of all the seasonal summertime foods, one of the most popular has got to be the hot dog. Hot dogs have deep roots in Chicago, baseball games and summer Bar-B-Ques, but while millions enjoy this classic summertime treat, we believe there is a better, healthier dog. The homemade hot dog can be a smarter, healthier, even tastier alternative to store-bought dogs.
App. 4′ natural sausage casings (rinsed in cold water, then soaked in a bowl with 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the vinegar solution and wash again under cold water before using)

  • 2 lbs grass-fed organic beef (high-fat content)
  • 1/4 cup water or organic milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed, ground
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper ground
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg white

In a food processor, add the beef, water or milk, spices, onion, garlic, and egg white. Pulse the mix for about :30 seconds and then blend until it is smooth and uniform.
Prepare the sausage attachment of your standing mixing and gently place the end of the sausage casing over the funnel. On low, carefully add the hot dog meat to the mixer and add more as you stuff the casings using your other hand to gently guide the meat into the casing. The casing should be packed firmly with no air bubbles, but be careful to not over stuff it in which case it might break or tear.
When the casing is completely full or you have used up the hot dog meat, remove from the sausage funnel attachment. Twist the sausages about every 5 inches, firmly but not too tight to make your hot dog links.
Get a large pot of water (or beer if you are in the mood) on the stove and bring it to a simmer. Take care to not let it boil or the hot dogs may burst and add the hot dogs. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes to let the meat cook through. Remove the hot dog links from the water or beer and allow them to cool before cutting the links apart for individual hot dogs.
You can cool and store the dogs as is or you can finish them on the grill or in a hot pan for a sear before serving. Your loved ones will delight over this healthy new way to enjoy a classic summer food, and you’ll love how much better they taste and how much better they are for all of you.