italian garden hot dog

The Italian Garden Hot Dog

The classic combination of tomato and basil rocks this topping.

To make your Italian Garden Hot Dog

  • 8 ripe cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved

Make the mayonnaise and place in a squeezy bottle to serve. Add the tomato and a dash of olive oil to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. To assemble the Italian garden hot dog, place basil leaves on a toasted bun, add the grilled sausage, add a squiggle of aioli, top with tomato and then the shaved parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 4

Aioli mayonnaise with Dijon mustard

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup light olive oil
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons hot water, if necessary

Blend the eggs, garlic, lemon juice and mustard in a food processor. Add the combined oils in a thin stream. If you’d like your aioli runnier, add a couple of tablespoons of hot water, then place the mayonnaise in a squeezy bottle for easy serving.

The Gardener