Sometimes I just really get into the mood for a 50's style dinner. The kind you would see in a really cool diner. And when I get in the mood for it, I go all out. For this dinner, I made delicious chili cheese dogs, homemade onion rings, and milkshakes. Making this meal requires me to make my chili dog sauce, and that is just fine because it is super easy. We don't eat meals like this often, so when we do I really enjoy making it special by the doing all the little touches. Here's how I made the sauce:
Chili Dog Sauce:
1 tbsp garlic-parsley compound butter (see Tip below)
1/2 pound organic grass-fed ground beef
1/4 large organic yellow onion, minced
2 tbsp organic ketchup
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flake (may omit if you don't like spicy food)
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper to taste
1/3 cup water (if needed, see Tip below)
Directions: In a skillet set over medium heat, add the compound butter. Once melted add the ground beef and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Break up the meat as it is cooking, I recommend a potato masher, you want the meat to be very fine. Add the onion and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the meat is no longer pink. Add the ketchup and the remaining ingredients and stir very well to combine. Taste for seasoning and add salt & pepper if desired. Cook for another 3-4 minutes then reduce the heat to the lowest setting while you cook the hot dogs. Once ready to assemble, add the water and raise the temperature of the pan until the mix starts to bubble.
Tip: Compound butter is just a fancy term for butter that has stuff added to it. I am definitely a fan of compound butter because it's easy to make some and just use it when you need it. I added 1/2 stick very soft organic unsalted butter and 2 tbsp of organic parsley to a bowl with a lid. I grated 2 cloves of organic garlic and stirred to combine. Keep in the fridge and use as needed. It's good in a variety of dishes, especially pasta. Yummy!!!
As far as the water and the reason I needed it, my ground beef is a 93/7 ground beef meaning it is only 7% fat. It pretty much gave off nothing when I cooked it, so I needed to give it a little help. If you are using a ground beef that has a higher fat content, you might not need the water. I prefer a chili dog sauce that is thick but not runny, which is exactly what I achieved cooking the way I shared with you.