Carnaval is a huge time for celebration in Brazil. Thousands of tourists visit to take part in the festivities, especially from the Friday to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The streets are filled with parties, parades, costumes, dancing, and food. A great street food sold around the clock during Carnaval is the Cachorro Quente- Brazilian Hot Dog. The hot dog links are placed in either a hot dog bun or French roll, then topped with a seasoned beef sauce and cheese. I made my hot dogs with just the basic toppings. Based on the region of Brazil, there are many other topping choices available. Add your favorites, mix and match, or add everything you can for a “completo”. Popular topping include ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, corn, peas, shoestring fries, mashed potatoes, lettuce, olives, grated carrots, bacon bits, tomato and parsley vinaigrette, Catupiry cheese and/or Parmesan. This has the ability to become quite the messy street food.
You can use hot dog buns or French rolls, store-bought or homemade. I used this hot dog bun recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride.
Do not assemble the hot dogs until right before serving. The beef sauce will cause the bun to become soggy if it sits for too long.
Safety note: Due to the high choking risk, I cut Evan’s hot dog into quarters after cooking.