I know ... most of you will say that it's just a chili dog, but Coney Island Restaurants are so popular around here and the Coney is Michigan tradition. I would wager that there are hundreds of these restaurants just in Southeast Michigan alone - chains like National, Kerby's, Leo's to mom and pop operations like Athens. The 2 big ones are located in Downtown Detroit..Lafayette and American..and stand right next to each other. The original is said to be Todoroff's in Jackson. We like to make them at home with my "coney" sauce. And a Michigan made natural casing frank is almost mandatory...Kowalski, Koegel, Alexander & Hornung. And what can be better than chili on a dog?? - inpatskitchen —inpatskitchen
Test Kitchen Notes
Inpatskitchen is not kidding around with these all-meat chili dogs. The spices in the chili are great -- spicy, but not overwhelming. The technique gives the sauce a hefty body that is perfect for topping a dog. I was happy with the consistency as it was, before adding the extra stock. A zig-zag of mustard is the perfect touch to finish these dogs. Don't forget it. - biffbourgeois
The Coney Sauce
pounds ground beef chuck
finely diced onion
Ancho chili powder
chicken broth plus another 1/2 cup for a loose sauce if desired
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!