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    New York Hot Dog Cart Onion Sauce

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    Denise's's Note:

    Born in the Bronx, raised in Queens. My father worked for Pan Am in the day (data Control), drove a New York Cab at night, and on the weekends he owned a New York Hot Dog Cart. Before he passed away in February of 2004, he did give me the recipe to the Onion Sauce. When everybody else is saying to use pasta sauce, and this and that, the truth is there are only six ingredients. Bobby Flay is about the only one who got it close. In New York a true New York Hot Dog ordered from a cart is, Nathan Hot Dogs, Mustard, Onion Sauce, and topped with Sauerkraut. I wanted to write this recipe for a long time but after seeing so many Onion Sauce recipes, and hearing how so many people are from New York, it is time to post the original recipe.

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    1. 1
      In a small sauce pan place vegetable oil, and onions.
    2. 2
      Cook over medium heat; saute until onion is soft; don't burn it.
    3. 3
      Quickly add ketchup, water, stir.
    4. 4
      Stir for at least 20 minutes or until the water is reduced about 1/2.
    5. 5
      Note: I had to mention a measurement in order for this recipe to go through. The truth is to use a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of salt.
    6. 6
      This is the true recipe for Onion Sauce for New York Hot dogs.
    7. 7
      When I use the sauerkraut I boil it with added water to make it softer.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 05, 2010


      Perfect, a true classic you can't miss with. Thanks!

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    • on January 04, 2010


      Never had a New York style hot dog before yesterday, but after making the recipe I will only be eating NY hotdogs! So yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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    • on April 28, 2009


      This tastes great! Having never been to New York, can't compare, but had to try this after years of listening to friends from Brooklyn complain about the hot dogs in the Northwest... Not too sweet, but not overpowering on the onion intensity either. Would give 5 stars, but the directions need a little work. Never says where to add the spices, so I put them in after the water reduced... and it says to stir for 20 minutes... Should that be simmer? Anyway, great balance of flavor and I'll make it again. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for New York Hot Dog Cart Onion Sauce

    Serving Size: 1 (131 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 75.5
    Calories from Fat 28
    Total Fat 3.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 325.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
    Sugars 7.6 g
    Protein 1.1 g

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