Hungarian Onion Sauce for Hot Dogs2015-05-20
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Hungarian Onion Sauce Recipe for Hot Dogs
Thanks to Joe Carlatta for telling us about Charlie’s Pool Room in Alpha, New Jersey, which he says is like a shrine to hot dogs. One of the many things Joe likes about the place is their Hungarian onion sauce, secret sauce that is simmered in small batches for six hours. Charlie’s secret sauce is a sweet, tangy and slightly spicy combination of a NYC onion sauce and traditional Hungarian paprika sauce.
The shop’s signature frankfurter was “the mealie” –it was pan-fried and topped with Grandma Fencz’s secret Hungarian onion sauce, and fresh-cut onions and peppers. A customer coined the name because it wasn’t just a hot dog; it was a meal. Unfortunately, Charlie’s Pool Room is now closed after its owner, Joe Fencz past away in 2014.
Below is our attempt to recreate Charlie’s yummy Hungarian Onion sauce for hot dogs.
2 large white onions, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 c. ketchup
2 to 4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, depending on taste
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Hungarian smoked paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1-2 dashes of Cayenne pepper, depending on taste
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. all purpose flour