What is a French hot dog?
For this version, it's all about using French flavours.
Rather than a standard burger bun, this recipe uses a Brioche bun and delicious Toulouse sausages, which takes the humble hot dog to the next level.
Oven bake, grill or fry the sausages and these are made in 20 minutes.
Add your favourite sauce and enjoy.
There is a dish that is popular in European countries, particularly Denmark, that consists of a piece of baguette with a hollowed out centre.
The sauce or onions and pushed into the hole and then the sausage.
The idea behind this is that it's much less messy than a normal hot dog, especially if you want to eat it on the go.
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of plain white bread or hot dog sausages, so using French inspired ingredients really appeals.
Brioche bread is known as an enriched dough. It is made with sugar, butter and eggs and is sweeter than normal bread. It's popular as a breakfast bread, but is used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
Toulouse sausages are a pork sausage, that have the addition of herbs, sometimes bacon, garlic and red wine for a real French flavour. They tend to be quite lean. meaty and full flavoured with garlic.
They are also essential in a cassoulet: a French dish of sausages, duck and pork all cooked together with beans.
Rather than the standard mustard, I like to serve mine with a good dollop of aioli for an extra garlic hit.
❤️ Why you will love this dish
✔️Simple to make.
✔️Great for bbqs.
✔️Full of French flavours.
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- hot dog buns - brioche hot dog rolls are now widely available in supermarkets, although you can also use brioche rolls, which are slightly shorter.
- Toulouse sausages - sometimes sold in speciality shops formed in a ring, but for this recipe you will need a pack of standard shaped sausages.
- onions - just use plain brown onions.
- oil - vegetable or olive oil for frying the onions.
- salt - cooking salt for the onions.
The printable recipe card with full ingredient quantities and instructions can be found at the bottom of the article.
- sharp knife
- bread knife
- chopping board
- frying pan or skillet
Use a bread knife to slice the brioche rolls lengthways.
Cut just over halfway through to make sure it doesn't split.
Peel the onions, cut in half and slice thinly.
Put the oil in the pan over a medium to low heat.
Add the onions and make sure that the slices are all separated.
Sprinkle over the salt and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The aim is to make the onions sweet but not very brown as they can become bitter.
💭 Top Tip
- Don't be tempted to speed up the cooking process or skip the salt. The salt helps to draw out the liquid from the onions and the longer cooking time allows the natural sugars to give the onions a sweet anmd rich flavour.
⏲️ Cooking Time
While the onions are frying cook the sausages.
Generally, there is no need to add any oil to the pan. They will take about 20 minutes under a medium grill or in a frying pan.
If you want to cook the sausages in the oven, place them on a tray at 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4 for about 30 minutes.
Assemble the hot dogs. I like to spread a little aioli in the bottom of the bun, then a layer of onions and the sausage on top.
🥗 Side Dishes
Serve with some of these salad and sauce ideas.
- Old Fashioned Pea Salad
- Pear and Rocket Salad
- Bacon Aioli
- Cucumber Salad
- Tomato and Onion Salad
- Courgette Salad
- Mushroom Salad
- Fennel and Pear Salad
- Béarnaise Mayo
- Tarragon Potato Salad
- Cherry Tomato and Feta Salad
- Broccoli and Edamame Salad
- Carrot and Celeriac Remoulade
- Toulouse sausages - use any good quality herby pork sausage, such as Lincolnshire, Cumberland or even vension. Merguez sausages are another French favourite and these would work too.
- Brioche buns - use any white long orsubmarine roll or a piece of baguette.
- mushrooms - swap the onions for sliced mushrooms fried in garlic.
- toppings - use your favourites such as sliced pickles, ketchup, mustard or even grated cheese.
- Refrigerator - cool, cover and store cooked sausages for 3 days.
- Freezer - wrap in a bag or airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
- To reheat - in the oven or a frying pan with a little oil added.
🍱 Prepare in Advance
- Cook the onions and sausages in advance if you prefer and reheat in the oven at 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4 until hot.
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French Hot Dog
- sharp knife
- bread knife
- chopping board
- Frying pan or skillet
- 4 Toulouse sausages
- 4 brioche rolls
- 2 onions
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Use a bread knife to slice the brioche rolls lengthways.
- Peel the onions, cut in half and slice thinly.
- Put the oil in the pan over a medium to low heat.
- Add the onions and make sure that the slices are all separated.
- Sprinkle over the salt and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Cook the sausages. They will take about 20 minutes under a medium grill or in a frying pan.
- If you want to cook the sausages in the oven, place them on a tray at 180 C / 350 F / 160 FAN / Gas 4 for about 30 minutes.
- Assemble the hot dogs.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.
Detailed instructions for this recipe, including step by step photographs, hints and tips, can be found in the main article.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat.
- Wash hands after touching raw meat.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds.
- Always have good ventilation when using gas.
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