Dave Eckert shares his Memorial Day gourmet grilling ideas

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Copenhagen street dog from Klubb Krokstrom


1 hot dog bun
1 picked pølse (hot dog) grilled
1 Tbs Danish remoulade
1 tbs fried onions (like the ones on thanksgiving green bean casserole)
Cucumber onion salad

Directions :

Open bun and layer the cucumber salad in the bottom, place the grilled hot dog, top with Danish remoulade & fried onions.

Danish chips ingredients:

One bag potato chips- cut down the side
1 tbs Danish remoulade
1 tbs Green onions
1 tbs diced yellow onions


Cut the chip bag open, toss with Danish remoulade, green onions and yellow onions. Enjoy!

Pickled hot dog


1 dozen extra long hot dogs (Fritz’s specialty meat has my favorite)
3 cups apple cider vinegar
1 gallon water
1/2 c pickling spice ( dill, peppercorns, clove, allspice, coriander, bay leaves, mustard seed, crushed red pepper)
8 cloves garlic, smashed


In a Heavy bottom pot (large enough to fit the hot dogs without sticking out) bring all ingredients except the hot dogs to a boil.

Boil 5 min, add the hot dogs and bring back to a boil for 5 minutes.

Turn the heat off and use a weight to fully submerge the hot dogs.

Let cool in the liquid till you’re ready to grill.

Hot dogs can be stored in liquid for 7 days fully submerged.

Swedish Cucumber Sweet Onion Salad


1/2 cup cider vinegar
3 Tbs sugar
1/8 teaspoon fresh dill
2 teaspoon salt
1 sweet yellow onion, shaved thinly and Rinsed in cold water.
2 medium-sized English or seedless cucumbers, sliced very thinly


Make the dressing by combining vinegar, sugar, and dill. Set aside

Slice cucumber & onions. Toss with kosher salt and let sit 5 min.

Drain off the liquid.

Pour the vinegar dressing over the sliced cucumbers & onions cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy alone or on a Copenhagen street dog!

Danish remoulade


1 1/2 qt prepared mayonnaise
2 Tbs Chopped pickles (or relish)
1/4c sweet yellow onion, small dice
2 Tbs Capers - drained
1 tbs Turmeric
2 tbs apple cider Vinegar
2c Mustard - brown mild (sweet)
2 tbs Parsley - fresh chopped
Pinch white Pepper
1 tbs dill- freshly chopped


Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse till desired consistency. If a more yellow color is desired add more turmeric. Allow flavors to develop overnight.

Salmon from Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup rieger whiskey


Mix sugar, salt, and whiskey into a sand mix. Pour onto flesh side of salmon and let sit for 3 hours.

Remove and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry and grill. No extra salt needed.

Beluga lentils


Green Garlic
Blanched Carrot
Cooked Bacon
White Wine


Soak Beluga Lentils in water with thyme sprigs overnight. Pour everything from the soaking container into a stockpot and cook on low heat for 10 minutes or until the lentils are soft.

Thinly shave the green garlic and shallots, small dice the bacon and carrot.

Toss everything in a saute pan until warmed through

To finish the set, add white wine, lemon juice, butter, and salt to taste.

Fresh slaw


Pink Lady Apples
Watermelon Radish


Thinly slice equal parts into matchsticks and reserve in lemon water

right before serving, toss the apples, radishes, and carrots in olive oil and salt.

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