Happy Monday! Not a fan of today? I've created a new Korean-fusion inspired recipe to zap those Monday Blues away! Inspired by both my Asian and Eastern European heritage, I wanted to combine the two worlds in a dish, but also something that would be simple and easy to make for a manic Monday.
Okay, so by now you're wondering, what is KimKraut? I've seen many and have tried a variety of Korean hot dogs. Some even have added bulgogi on top of the hot dog, some more kimchi-oriented. And some more Americanized. I wanted to make something a little different; something that resonates with who I am. So, I decided to mix kimchi and sauerkraut together and BAM! There you have it, folks! KimKraut! I used cabbage kimchi to keep the vegetables consistent together, though, I'd be down with trying other forms of kimchi, such as cucumber or radish.
The KimKraut Dog
4 bratwurst sausages, grilled
4 hot dog buns, toasted
4 tsp mustard
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp ketchup
1 tsp sriracha sauce
1/2 cup chopped kimchi (cabbage)
1/2 cup chopped sauerkraut
2 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp honey
2 green onion, chopped
black sesame seeds, for garnish
- Mix mustard, soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Mix ketchup and sriracha sauce in another small bowl. Set aside.
- Combine kimchi, sauerkraut, rice vinegar, and honey in a small bowl to create KimKraut. Set aside.
- Grill bratwursts. Toast buns at 350°F for 5-7 minutes.
- Prepare hot dog with sausage, KimKraut, mustard and ketchup sauces, chopped green onion and black sesame seeds.
When I had first met my husband and sheepishly confessed that I could cook, he wittingly replied, "Sure, you can. What can you make, just kimchi & kielbasa?" Boy, was he mistaken! He's now my #1 guinea pig. And happily so! I adore cooking for the people I love and I also love sharing stories, especially anything involved with food and cooking! (And maybe my husband.. ha, ha!) This recipe was definitely inspired by my hubby's sense of humor. And yes, kimchi paired with any kind of sausage is absolutely delicious!
I didn't want to Americanize the dish by squeezing regular mustard and ketchup sauce on the hot dogs. Since the dogs are meant to be Korean-fusion based, I also kept the flavors in the sauce. I mixed regular French's mustard with a tiny bit of soy sauce, sugar, white vinegar and a pinch of salt. The ketchup was combined with some sriracha sauce, to add an extra touch of heat in with the kimchi spices. These sauces really gave every single bite packed with tangy and meaty flavor! Lastly, I garnished with chopped green onion and black sesame seeds. Coming up next on the blog? A whole new lookbook series with another style video! Check out my Instagram for a teaser. Stay tuned...