Dirt Water Dog

June 8, 2011

Author Notes: Wha'choo lookin' at? Ah, the things we do for food52. The Dirt Water Dog is the epitome of New York City street food. It's been sitting there simmering in its bath of grayish water for days maybe on someone's cart on 6th Avenue. This is not your Papaya dog, which has a satisfying snap to it. And unlike the Chicago hot dog it's permissable (even desirable) to lay on the ketchup and bright yellow mustard. The only food that might be as typical of eating on the street in New York is pizza by the slice with its odd orange color, not to mention plenty of oregano and red pepper flake. But then you get into your falafels... Everything perfumed by the aroma of taxi and bus exhaust. Of course, we could venture in the direction of the Coney Island dog, which is unspeakable except as an object of horror.pierino

Serves: 4


  • 4 all beef hot dogs, in natural casing (Hebrew National if available)
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • ketchup or chili sauce
  • yellow ball park style mustard
In This Recipe


  1. Place the dogs in a shallow pan of simmering water. Go away for an hour or so, but check back from time to time to make sure the skins haven't burst. Don't think about using skinless dogs for this or they will likely decompose.
  2. If you want to be somewhat civilized warm up the buns.
  3. Lay on the condiments.
  4. How hard was that?

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