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When we lived in Elberton, Georgia, there was this big old place downtown called Time Square Cafe. They had the best chicken salad and pimento cheese this side of Athens, but what my family loved ordering the most was bird dawgs. Now, there's nothing redeeming about this dish. It's bad for you through and through. I can't even say serve this with a bed of greens or a fruit salad. Nothing will counteract the high calories and carbs. Sometimes, though, you just have to indulge. I make bird dawgs for us if we're watching European or Australian rules football together. I bet it would make some mighty fine tailgate food, too. It's portable, so it makes for good times while traveling or picnicking (minus all the toppings).
You'll need the following ingredients for each bird dawg*:
1 hot dog bun
1 large breaded and fried chicken strip (or buffalo chicken strip)
1 piece of cooked bacon
1/4 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon honey mustard (or ranch dressing)
strips of celery, optional for buffalo bird dawg
* All of us with the exception of the little-Little eat 2 of bird dogs.
You probably already guessed it.
You simply place the bacon and the chicken strip side by side in the hot dog bun. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Toast the bird dawg for a few seconds under a broiler, just until cheese melts and bun browns. Top with honey mustard.
If making a buffalo bird dawg, assemble as above, but use the buffalo chicken strip and top with ranch dressing and strips of celery.
Easy peasy! My family wants good old french fries with this, so good luck serving anything healthy as a side.