Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Hot Dogs

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Hot Dogs #recipe by

Alert the media, y’all. I have important news. It’s summer. The time of sweat. And bugs. And stinky children. Also, lots of delicious grilled meats. As you might have noticed, I’ve teamed up with Cracker Barrel to introduce y’all to their creamy, delicious, authentic cheeses. It’s sort of a match made in heaven. They send me cheese, I sit on the couch eating cheese all day, husband comes home and asks how I spent my day, I say “working.” Doesn’t get any better than that.

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Hot Dogs #recipe by

Anyway, Cracker Barrel has also noticed that it’s summer. Probably because anytime someone emails, calls, texts, or otherwise breathes in my vicinity, I complain about the heat. Or maybe they just happened to look out a window and notice the sunshine. I don’t know. Who can say, really?

They’ve asked me to put together a delicious summer menu for y’all. To me, that means grilling. Because, duh. It’s too hot for an oven and even if it wasn’t too hot for the oven, I would still use the grill because fire is fun.

I’ve been eyeballing Megan’s Hot Dog Week (and Deborah’s hot dog week, too!) and I just knew deep in my soul that I had to bring you guys a hot dog recipe. I’m sorry, Megan, but five days of hot dogs are NOT ENOUGH. We need more. Git on it.

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This Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Dog is inspired by Frank’s Southern Belle Hot Dog that I devoured while in Austin last month. I basically took two of my favorite things, pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes, and stuffed them in a hot dog bun alongside a nearly burnt hot dog. I’m sorry, but nearly burnt (and even really, truly burnt) hot dogs are the way to go. My kids disagree though, so I only made one nice and crispy. The rest were just warmed through.

I made sure to make my pimento cheese with Cracker Barrel’s award winning Extra Sharp Cheddar and swapped out my usual Monterey Jack for their Jalapeno cheese to give things an extra kick. The Jalapeno cheese gave everything the perfect little burst of flavor! When you want rich, authentic flavors, Cracker Barrel cheese is the way to go! Cracker Barrel still uses their same heirloom cheese cultures that they used when they started making cheese back in 1954. When you have a perfect recipe, why change it?! What this means for you, is that you’re going to get that rich, full flavor of authentic cheddar cheese every time you eat a slice of their award winning cheese.

Now, it’s not a full summer meal without Baked Potato Salad or Pasta Salad on the side!

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I almost forgot to mention the BEST part –  BlogHer is giving my readers a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! To enter the sweepstakes, all you have to do is tell me: What is your favorite cheesy summer dish? Rules and details for entering are below the recipe!

fried green tomato and pimento cheese hot dog recipe

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Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Hot Dogs


4 hot dogs
4 hot dog buns
1 green tomato
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup milk
vegetable oil, for frying the tomatoes
1 recipe Pimento Cheese (you'll only use a portion, but it's good to have extra on hand for snacking emergencies! Also, swap the monterey jack with Cracker Barrel's Jalapeno cheese for a kick!)
mustard, for topping


Add about an inch of oil to a deep skillet. Heat over medium heat to 350 degrees.
In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. In a second bowl, add the milk.
Slice the tomato into 1/4 inch thick slices and then slice in half. Dip each tomato piece into the milk and then dredge in the flour. Working in batches, fry the tomatoes until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes total. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Cook hot dogs on the grill until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Spread the pimento cheese into the bottom of each hot dog bun and top with a cooked hot dog. Place two green tomato pieces alongside each hot dog. Drizzle with mustard, if desired. Serve immediately.

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174 Responses to “Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Hot Dogs”

  1. Sarah Marshall October 30, 2013 @ 6:45 pm (#

    When it’s too hot to heat the kitchen up using the oven, nothing beats tomato soup and a classic grilled cheese sandwich!


  2. Claire October 30, 2013 @ 6:50 pm (#

    Bacon ranch cheddar pasta salad. Add in little cherry tomatoes and it’s basically the best thing ever.


  3. Kenia October 30, 2013 @ 7:40 pm (#

    Empanadas de queso =] Cheese empanadas


  4. steph October 30, 2013 @ 7:45 pm (#

    grilled cheese!


  5. jessica October 30, 2013 @ 8:48 pm (#

    I love cheesy potato’s !


  6. Harriett Daniel October 30, 2013 @ 9:07 pm (#

    Mac N Cheese Caserole


  7. Kayla October 30, 2013 @ 10:11 pm (#

    I love nachos at the ball park.


  8. Alicia October 30, 2013 @ 11:42 pm (#

    I am intolerant to dairy. So I don’t eat cheese. :-(


  9. Andrina G October 31, 2013 @ 12:12 am (#

    My favorite is Macaroni and Cheese casserole.


  10. rose paden October 31, 2013 @ 3:54 am (#

    The classic broccoli with cheese is my favorite!


  11. Karen Drake October 31, 2013 @ 7:31 am (#

    Macaroni and Cheese is my favorite.


  12. kathy pease October 31, 2013 @ 7:56 am (#
  13. Kari October 31, 2013 @ 8:37 am (#

    My favorite cheesy summer dish is a grilled cheeseburger with all the fixins!


  14. Francine Anchondo October 31, 2013 @ 10:10 am (#

    I love jalpeno poppers


  15. susan smoaks October 31, 2013 @ 11:18 am (#

    Macaroni and cheese is my favorite cheesy summer dish. I love it!


  16. Shelley Mitchell October 31, 2013 @ 12:47 pm (#

    Grilled cheese or Quesadilla’s.


  17. Gianna October 31, 2013 @ 3:17 pm (#

    Bocconcini with tomatoes, olive oil and basil.


  18. Tabathia B October 31, 2013 @ 3:35 pm (#

    I love baked mac and cheese with bacon bits

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


  19. Tabathia B October 31, 2013 @ 3:41 pm (#
  20. Kathy Swenson October 31, 2013 @ 4:57 pm (#

    In the summer, I like to make homemade pizza on the grill. My favorite topping is homegrown tomatoes and goat cheese, lots of goat cheese! Yummy!


  21. Sand October 31, 2013 @ 5:34 pm (#

    Pasta salad with cubes of cheese.


  22. Sarah L October 31, 2013 @ 6:44 pm (#

    I like cheddar cheese on crackers (simple & good).
    Thanks for the contest.


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