NFL MATCHUP: Dallas vs. Detroit. Detroit Coney Island Hot Dog

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Dallas Cowboy Matchup

During the NFL regular season the weekly MATCHUP  feature allows me to exhibit my “diehard” Dallas Cowboys spirit–and win or lose great sportsmanship–by showcasing something tasty from our weekly opponents homefield.  Fashion, Football, and Food.  Now that’s my kinda matchup!

FASHION MATCHUP:  Rag Bone cotton sweater, $195, MOTHER high rise jeans, $220, Rag & Bone wedge shoes, $550, Hobo International vintage leather handbag, $148, Dallas Cowboys Patches Silk Scarf, $9.95

*American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island image:  courtesy of

FOOTBALL MATCHUP:  Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions

FOOD MATCHUP:  Detroit Coney Island Hot Dog

Scouting this week’s NFL matchup recipe gave me a nice little history lesson in Coney Island Hot dogs.  Many states have their version of the Coney Island, NY chili dog but the Michigan variety seems to be the one imitated most often–especially the Detroit Coney dog.

The Keros brothers opened American Coney Island in Downtown Detroit in 1917.  As the story goes, the siblings were beefing (pun intended) with each other and one of the brothers opened Lafayette Coney Island right next door.  Yep as pictured above, the two restaurants are literally right next door to one another.  So who’s winning the battle of the Coney Hot Dog?  I personally can’t tell you as I’ve tried neither and not surprisingly, I couldn’t find a recipe from either but it’s a topic often debated among Detroit natives.   I’d give American Coney an extra point though.   Why?  Well if you want authentic American Coney Island hot dogs for your tailgate and can’t get to the Motor City, you can purchase a kit complete with hot dogs, buns, chili and onion online here.

American Coney Island Kit

*Image:  courtesy of American Coney Island

A guy by the name of Russ Jackson on a forum provided his recipe for an “Authentic Detroit Coney Dog.” Another subscriber, kiop, tried the recipe and said “I have to say – it is so close to the real deal its not even funny!”  After perusing a plethora of Detroit Coney Dog recipes and comments, like my favorite Dallas Cowboy defender, I committed to this recipe.  It scores BIG on the palate!  So big that it’s the third quarter of the game and I haven’t posted this yet.  (If you’re watching or watched this game you will understand why) If you enjoy a great hot dog, you will definitely be a fan of this one.

Sooo…who will be the top dog today on the turf in today’s Dallas vs. Detroit?  My Cowboys of course! If not, I will definitely have a major beef with them.

picture coming after game…


Inspiration and alterations made to recipe from Russ Jackson on a Roadfood forum

SIZE: Serves 20



3 tomatoes

1 sweet onion finely chopped

1 cup of vegetable shortening

5lbs of ground round

1/2lb cow heart ground

6 tbs butter

6 tbs of flour

3 tomatoes halved

¼ cup vegetable oil

32 oz. chicken stock or broth

1/3 cup yellow mustard plus extra for use as condiment

3 tbs chili powder

2 tbs tumeric

2 tbs cumin powder

1 tbs garlic powder

1 tbs onion powder

½ teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon




20 Beef Hot Dogs with All Natural Casing

20 Hot Dog Buns

butter and vegetable shortening to use in skillet if not grilling hot dogs


Preheat oven to 400°F

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange tomatoes cut sides up and drizzle vegetable oil over them. Roast tomatoes until tomatoes appear cooked and begin to brown on bottom, approx 1 hour. Add tomatoes to a food processor and blend until smooth consistency.

In a skillet melt butter, add flour and combine well to make a light brown roux.  Set aside

In a food processor (or ask your friendly butcher) grind cow heart.  In a large pot over medium heat melt the vegetable shortening.  Add ground round and cow heart , cook until brown, stirring  and mashing often to create a paste like mixture.

Add chicken stock to meat, simmer for about 20 minutes at a slight boil then add roux, pureed tomatoes, yellow mustard, chili powder, paprika, tumeric, cumin powder, garlic powder, onion powder, allspice and cinnamon.  Simmer this down for about 20-30 minutes until desired consistency.  Add Salt and pepper to taste.


Grill hot dogs or cook on a griddle or in a skillet on medium low with a small amount of butter and vegetable oil.

Steam buns in a steamer basket or wrap them in paper towels and microwave 3 at a time for about 20 seconds.

Place hot dog in bun, cover with Coney sauce, top with mustard and chopped onions.

DESIGNER’S NOTES:  This makes enough topping for 20 or more hot dogs.  You can definitely freeze the chili sauce  “if” there’s any left.:-)

ACCESSORIES:  A true Detroit Coney doesn’t have ketchup or cheese.  I couldn’t resist, I had to add some shredded cheddar cheese.

DRINK MATCHUP: A nice cold one!

MUSIC MATCHUP:  Journey, Don’t Stop Believin’(when you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan in 2011 you’ve gotta have lots of crazy faith)

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6 responses to “NFL MATCHUP: Dallas vs. Detroit. Detroit Coney Island Hot Dog”

  1. One of many things in this world that I enjoy eating “more than a few” of are hot dogs and these sound delicious! As always your additional notes, accessories, pairings are perfect.

    sorry about your boys though. 🙁

  2. hautecookture says:

    Jed, Chicago style hot dogs are my all time favorite but the Detroit Coney has officially earned a spot on my hot dog team. It’s really good.

    Speaking of teams..words cannot express how upset I am with my Cowboys and especially you know who! In my many years of supporting them, I don’t recall ever being this angry. I was hoping it was a bad dream lol:-)

  3. Girlll… My brother and family live in Detroit and my favorite part of visiting is the Coney Dogs. Is the group up heart what makes em’ soooo DAYUM good?

    • hautecookture says:

      Heyyy Jenny! I have to admit I was very apprehensive about cooking beef heart but yes I do believe the beef heart is the one ingredient that takes the flavor to another level 🙂

  4. Russ Jackson says:

    Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the credit…Russ

  5. hautecookture says:

    Thank you for the recipe! It was so good!

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