Brown Rice, Seaweed and a Dirty Hot Dog

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan
79 years young !

When searching for food that Bob Dylan likes it is hard to find. He is not the kind of music icon that writes a recipe book.

So to honor him I want to make a recipe for a line in “On the Road again“,
I asked for something to eat I’m hungry as a hog
So I get brown rice, seaweed and a dirty hot dog.

Display of Dirty Dog Sushi

I am thinking a Sushi, with brown rice which will be tough. wrapped in seaweed paper. There is a dish called dirty rice, which is a Cajun dish with all kinds of seasonings and garnish veg that give it a dark color.
What about making a dirty Cajun hot dog. How Dylanesque is that???

Hot Dogs in Dirty Water

However after googling Dirty Hot Dog I found a recipe for these Dirty Water Hot Dogs that are popular in New York with all the street vendors. It got it’s name from the water that the dogs sit in looks dark and dirty after hours of marinating, and new dogs just added to the same water.

How appropriate because Dylan cut his teeth with his singing in New York in the early 60’s, and spent a lot of time on the streets.

2 Qts. water
2 Tbs. red vinegar
1/8 Tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch ground cumin
Favorite hot dogs, not skinless!

Sabretts Onion Sauce

This is a knock off recipe but very good;

Large yellow onion, peeled and coarse sliced.
3 Tbs. cooking oil.
Pinch of Crushed red pepper and hot sauce to taste, optional.
1 Tbs. red vinegar
1/4 c. Tomatoe sauce or ketchup for sweeter version.

In covered 4 Qt saucepan, bring water to slight simmer, stirr in vinigar, cumin and nutmeg. Add up to two pack of dogs and cover for at least ten minutes. Enjoy with any toppings! For onion sauce, Heat oil and red papper in pan over medium heat, sautee onion 3 to 4 minutes, about half opaque. Reduce heat to just keep warm. Stir in vinegar and slowly add tomatoe to desired thickness. Serve dogs on warmed buns with warm onion sauce or kraut and any other toppings.

So now for turning the dirty dog into Sushi …..hmmmmm


Nori is the Japanese word for edible seaweed and in this case dried seaweed sheets that are used for Sushi. First eaten as a paste, Nori was then perfected in the 1700’s using Japanese paper making techniques. The industry itself was saved after all knowledge was lost in WW2 by a British lady scientist, whom a statue was erected in Japan she is called the “Mother of the Sea”. Read more here

First I cooked off the Short Grain Brown Rice and mixed it with a vinegar and sugar solution that was heated, and that gave it a nice sticky texture.

Dirty Dog Sushi, Ready to Roll

Then I made an onion sauce that is popular with the New York City hot dog vendors, cut the hot dog in half and mirrored it with dill pickle spears. Then I rolled it using a kitchen towel, brushing some water on the edge of the Nori so it would stick and hold the roll tight.

Layout, ingredients for Hot Dog Sushi

All the ingredients laid out.

I added a stick of Tillamook Cheddar to this roll

Korean Hot Dog Kimbap | HapaMama
Courtesy of Hapamama

Here is the vid of The song of Inspiration …..