On this page, I would like to show you how to make a traditional Danish Hotdog. You might ask yourself, what is a Danish hotdog and how is it different from the original American hotdog? This is the question I would like to answer here. I promise, this recipe for Danish hotdogs is fantastic and absolutely worth knowing. Read more to learn how to make a Danish hotdog.
The original hotdog is from the United States but have over the years been spread across the entire world. Today, it is possible to purchase hotdogs all around the world. However, as the original hotdog has moved around the world its original recipe has been adapted to the locals preferences.
This is exactly what has happened to the Danish hotdog. When it first arrived to Denmark, it was like the American hotdog. However, over the years the original hotdog was transformed into the Danish hotdog as it is today. The original hotdog is a cooked sausage in a bun and topped with mustard – very simple to make but also very delicious.
The recipe for Danish hotdog does require a little more ingredients but is still quite easy to make. In the section below, I will answer the question, what is a Danish hotdog?
How to make a Danish Hotdog
So now the good question is – how to make a Danish hotdog? How is the Danish hotdog different from the original hotdog? The short answer to these questions are the toppings. As mentioned in the section above, the original American hotdog is typically made from three ingredients, hotdog bread, cooked sausage and mustard.
The recipe for Danish hotdog contains the same three ingredients but traditionally also a few extra. Besides mustard, we also like to add toppings like ketchup, French fried onions or raw finely chopped onions, slices of pickled cucumber and Danish remoulade. As said before, the Danish hotdog is all about the topping.
I am not sure how familiar some of these traditional toppings are to people outside Denmark – so let me try to shortly explain some of them.
Slices of pickled cucumber
Slices of pickled cucumber is a must when making a Danish hotdog. I guess this ingredient is quite clear to everybody. However, I will still make a short comment about this ingredient. Pickled cucumber is known around the world and are typically made from whole, semi-thick and short cucumbers.
The traditional Danish pickled cucumber is called Agurksalat and is made by slicing up a long cucumber into very thin slices. If you want to make the traditional Danish pickled cucumber, then I have a great recipe here on my food blog. You can find it by using the search field on the front page or clicking the link.
If you want to save a little time you can simply just use the whole pickled cucumber which you cut in thin slices.
French fried onions
A very traditional topping for a Danish hotdog is French fried onions. French fried onions are thin slices of onion, which have been deep-fried into small and super crisp pieces. In Denmark, you can purchase these fried onions in every supermarkets.
I am not sure how normal French fried onions are in the rest of the world. However, you can easily make a batch your own by frying small pieces of thinly sliced onions. A Danish hotdog is traditionally served with either French fried onions or finely chopped raw onions.
This final topping I would like to talk about is the Danish remoulade. I almost sure that you have never heard about Danish remoulade, if you are not a Dane or are not related to Denmark somehow. Remoulade is traditional Danish condiment and is almost only found in Denmark.
Remoulade is mainly made from cabbage, pickled cucumber and mayonnaise. You can choose to serve your Danish hotdog with Remoulade or just decide to go for mustard and ketchup. If you are interested to make homemade Danish remoulade, then I have a simple recipe here on my blog.
Homemade hotdog bread
If you are interested in making some super delicious and homemade hotdog bread then I have a great recipe here on my blog. Follow the link or use the search field on the front page.
Hotdogs at Copenhagen Airport
In fact, we believe that the Danish hotdog is so good that one of the absolutely first pieces of food that you can buy, when you arrive in Denmark, is the Danish hotdog. When you arrive at Copenhagen Airport you will be able to purchase traditional Danish hotdogs from the Danish ‘Pølsevogn’ which directly translated means ‘sausage wagon’.
This Pølsevogn or Sausage Wagon is located as one of the only food stands just next the baggage reclaim belts at the airport. Therefore, it is safe to say that a Danish hotdog is literally some of the first Danish food you can try when visiting Denmark.
When you are at the Pølsevogn make sure to grab a Cocio chocolate milk, which is traditionally served together with Danish hotdogs.
Recipe for Danish Hotdog
I this final section, I would like to shortly explain how to assemble the traditional Danish hotdog. You start by heating up the hotdog bread and then cut a deep groove where the sausage is going to be. In the groove, you place a pan cooked sausage.
Then you add ketchup, mustard and maybe some Danish remoulade.
Then add some finely chopped onions and maybe some French fried onions. Finish your Danish hotdog by adding thin slices of pickled cucumber.
Serve right away traditional with chocolate milk.
- 4 hotdog bread
- 4 pan fried sausages
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- French fried onions, optional
- pickled cucumber, thinly slices
- Danish remoulade (optional)
Heat up the hotdog bread and fry the sausages
Cut a deep groove in the hotdog bread and place a sausage in groove.
Add ketchup, mustard and some Danish Remoulade, as you prefer.
Add finely chopped onions or some French fried onions.
Finally, add thin slices of pickled cucumber.