Hot Dog Rubens…not for the faint of heart

WARNING:  If you’re watching your weight, your heart, your cholesterol, your health, your breath, your religious beliefs, the last notch on your belt,maybe your immediate sexual expectations …DO NOT GO FURTHER!! this is not for you…BUT, if you are an all around person, a belly up to the bar type, thinks belching out loud in public is normal, haven’t seen your toes in a while, or just tired of grazing on rabbit food, trying to convince yourself how good thistles taste, and don’t give a rat’s ass about what Dr.Healthy has to say…proceed, give caution to the wind and try ..

Hot Dog Rubens

_MG_0215web  I owe the credit to my ex sister-in-law for this one. She got me started. I passed it on to the family and for the last 20 years or so, we turn to it like a drug. It’s really easy to make and while this example is only for a master of debauchery or if you have suicidal thoughts, I would recommend making only one layer.

Start with great hot dogs, not the greasy kind. Get good Rye bread, Jewish by preference, they know their stuff when it comes to that. This one is a whole loaf that I sliced nice and thick ( the packaged kind with their idea of a slice is for sissies.  Get a good package of sauerkraut, the German kind and good Swiss cheese or sliced Gruyere along with Thousand Island Dressing.

_MG_0130  Mix Kraut ,diced onions, and dressing in bowl. Feeling ambitious? Saute onions first till light golden brown for more flavor….

Slice 2 dogs lengthwise (I know there’s 3 case you’re really brave)


Put a slice (or two) of cheese on the first layer of bread,then the dogs,then the mix and another layer of cheese on top. Stop there and add the top layer of bread,if you’re a beginner, if not repeat the process on the next layer…Come on,you only live once and isn’t that enough???


Now the best part, put butter on the bread and some in the pan and saute this beast till the bread gets golden brown…


Pour a glass of lip smacking beer, did I say a glass?  What’s wrong with me…Share it with your mate, I didn’t say lover cause after this one, you’ll be done for the night!

Matthew Pace is a #foodphotographer working in Miami,South Florida, and Atlanta. More work can be seen at