Martha Stewart’s Chicago-Style Hot Dog Recipe

Martha Stewart and her dogs

Martha with her own hot dogs, French bulldogs Sharkey and Francesca. Francesca (r) caused a bit of trouble in 2011 when she bit “mommy” giving Ms. Stewart 10 stitches in the upper lip. Turns out, Martha surprised her napping dog by leaning down to whisper ‘goodbye.’ The frightened dog then lashed out.  The adage “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie,” is apparently great advice.

Chicago-style hot dogs by Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart’s version of Chicago-style hot dogs – These dogs won’t bite

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 1 TBsp grainy mustard
  • 2 tsp. white-wine vinegar
  • course salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 sweet onion (such as Vidalia), thinly sliced
  • 1 Kirby cucumber, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tomato, halved, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. celery leaves
  • 2 TBsp. chopped sport pepper or peperoncini
  • 4 beef hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns, grilled
  • 4 pickle spears
  • relish


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together grainy mustard and white-wine vinegar, season with course salt and ground pepper.  Add sweet onion, cucumber, tomato, celery leaves and sport pepper, toss to combine.
  2. Grill hot dogs over medium-high heat until charred and heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.  Serve hot dogs in grilled hot dog buns and top each with pick spear and relish.