This is an appetizer reminiscent of New York City's street vendor hot dogs. A crisp, classic RITZ Cracker with a slice of cooked hot dog topped with push-cart style hot dog onions and finished off with a drizzle of yellow mustard--a perfect one-bite snack.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
40 bites
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add the diced onions; cook and stir until fluid has evaporated and onions are soft, about 8 minutes.

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  • Stir in hot pepper sauce, sugar, and chili powder. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and water; stir. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Arrange RITZ Crackers on a serving platter and top each cracker with a slice of cooked hot dog. Spoon a small amount of the hot dog onions on top of each.

  • Drizzle the yellow mustard on top of the onions and serve warm.

Tip:

Make ahead: Prepare onion mixture and store in an airtight container up to 24 hours ahead. Reheat in microwave before topping crackers.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 6.7g 2% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 6mg 2% DV; sodium 236.5mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Yummy! Loved the onions and the heat was right up my alley. I even added some sliced jalapeno piece on top to give the bite a little color. I could eat a lot of these. I skipped the tomato paste just because Grumpy doesn't like it. For this reason my topping was just a little liquidy but that was fine I just strained the oinons out with a fork to top the cracker so they didn't get soggy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2018
I didn't like it. Read More
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2014
Yummy! Loved the onions and the heat was right up my alley. I even added some sliced jalapeno piece on top to give the bite a little color. I could eat a lot of these. I skipped the tomato paste just because Grumpy doesn't like it. For this reason my topping was just a little liquidy but that was fine I just strained the oinons out with a fork to top the cracker so they didn't get soggy. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2014
I just loved everything about this bite! The onion topping was excellent and my girls ate these up. Hubby actually enjoyed them too as he's usually not one for eating onions but he really put some down. There is nothing I didn't like about this...my family said it rocked. And I think one kid added Dill Relish on top of hers too. Thanks Lil...it's a keeper. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2014
These little treats are the essence of NYC. For authenticity the hot dogs must be cooked in hot water. I went a step further when serving and made one plate as per the recipe and another small plate topped with sauerkraut in place of the onions. These almost made the football bearable. Thanks Lillian Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2014
I am giving this a 5 because I absolutely loved the onions on this. I even realized I was out of hot sauce after starting the onions and subbed 2 Tblsp of chili sauce and 2 small pinches of cayenne for half the recipe. I followed the rest of the ingredients as is. I used cooked and sliced Trader Joes all-beef hot dogs and yellow mustard as suggested. I am looking forward to making hot dogs over the next summer holiday with these onions. Having it all on a cracker was fine but the cracker just seemed somewhat dry and on the butter side to me with this combination. Maybe if they sat a little longer the cracker would start to soak up some of the yummy cooked onions. I plan to make more of these as an quick appetizer for Super Bowl. They do present well because of the onions. ty Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
What a unique little treat these were and so easy to prepare. My onions didn't sauce up as much as some I see in the pictures but they were perfect for us just the way they turned out. This one is a keeper. Thanks Lillian! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2014
I've never had an authentic NY push-cart hotdog but this recipe makes me want to go hug a vendor! The onion mixture is fantastic and really adds a fantastic sweet and tangy flavor to the hotdogs. Even my 11 year old daughter who normally will not TOUCH onions if they're featured in a recipe loved these! I can't wait to serve these on Super Bowl Sunday they're easy quick and can be made ahead. You created a definite winner Lillian! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
Great flavor! As other have mentioned the onions steal the show. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2014
We used the push-cart onions the traditional way topping a hot dog. What a nice change from same-ole mustard and sweet pickle relish. I added a little more Louisiana hot sauce which gave this just the perfect zing for us. Thanks Lillian for developing this recipe it's a winner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2014
Pretty fantastic little appetizer! Loved the spicy kick. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/16/2018
I didn't like it. Read More