Let the Cookouts Begin!
The weather is finally warming up, and we hope it stays that way. It’s time to spend more time outside being active, enjoying the sun, going on picnics, and one of our favorite activities—grilling!
We believe that any nice day is a great day to fire up the grill, but in case you need an excuse, there are multiple holidays in May that call for a celebratory cookout. Did you know that May 16th is National Barbeque Day? Or that May 28th celebrates two holidays-in-one? It is officially deemed National Hamburger Day and National Brisket Day. Perfect excuses to get the grill going and to celebrate over delicious food.
And of course, we can’t forget Memorial Day on May 31st, one of the most popular weekends of the year to throw a cookout with friends and family. No matter which days you choose to grill and celebrate, try your hand at some of these twists on American classics—hotdogs and hamburgers.
Have a Hotdog
We recommend serving any of these hotdogs on delicious Cellone’s hotdog buns for the best possible outcome.
- Cheese Dog: because who doesn’t love cheese? Serve this dog with cheese on top or stuffed inside as a filling.
- Chicago-Style: this tangy twist on a classic hotdog istopped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, bright green sweet pickle relish, a pickle spear, tomato slices, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt.
- Chili Dog: top your dog with chili and, if you wish, additional toppings such as cheese, onions, and mustard.
- Basic Hot Dog: a basic hotdog features pickled relish, mustard, and ketchup.
Cook Up Some Burgers
Is there anything that doesn’t go on a burger? It was hard to choose, but here are some of our favorite suggested burger toppings. Cellone’s hamburger buns pair great with any of these burger combinations.
- Barbecue Burger: beef patty served with BBQ sauce, onions, cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo.
- Bacon Burger: beef patty served with smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, and choice of cheese.
- Egg Stuffed Burger: beef patty served with bacon, egg, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo.
- Chicken Burger: chicken patty served with cheese, tomato, avocado, bacon, and lettuce.
Sides and Apps
Hotdogs and hamburgers are the stars of the show, but it’s always best to have a spread. Appetizers can include an assortment of fruits and veggies, cheese and crackers, or dips. If you really want to impress your guests, serve your favorite dip in a bread bowl! Using Cellone’s Signature Italian Loaf, simply cut out the middle by slicing off the top of the bread loaf in a circular shape, 1 inch from the edge of the loaf. Then, cut down deep using a serrated knife to hollow out and remove the interior section of the bread. Fill with dip such as buffalo chicken or spinach and artichoke and serve with chips or pita bread, and voila!
For the sides, some of our favorite classic cookout foods include macaroni or potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, chips, a leafy green salad, mac and cheese, and the list goes on. What is your perfect Pittsburgh cookout?