My son is off to school camp this week – so excited! He’s fussy, though, so mom’s a little worried about what he’ll eat. My idea of great camp food is Loaded Mushroom and Cheddar Hot Dogs Not sure schools go in for caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms though! I’ll just have to make these for him when he gets back. #hotdogs #cheddar #kids #camping #eatwithyourhands



2tbsp olive oil
2tbsp unsalted butter

1 sweet onion, diced

1tbsp honey

340g sliced mushrooms, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced

6 hot dogs
6 whole wheat hot dog buns, toasted
170g white Cheddar cheese, freshly grated
ketchup, mustard + relish

4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled


1 Heat two skillets over low heat. Add 1tbsp each of olive oil and butter to both skillets. To one skillet, add diced onions with a pinch of salt. Stir to coat. Cover and cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the onions don’t burn. Remove lid and add honey, tossing to coat and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until completely caramelized. Once caramely, set aside.

2 In the meantime, add the chopped mushrooms to the other skillet, tossing to coat. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add in garlic and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

3 Cook hot dogs as desired: braaied, grilled or in a skillet over medium heat until browned. Place each hot dog in a bun and top with an equal amount of grated cheese. Place hot dogs under the grill (or even back on the braai) for a minute or two just until the cheese is melted. Top with ketchup, mustard and relish, then add mushrooms, onions and bacon. If not serving immediately, wrap in aluminum foil tightly. They can be reheated this way too!