Martha Stewart reveals her love of late-night hot dogs

If you find Martha Stewart at 11 p.m. in New York City, she may be eating a hot dog.

"After a long day with no dinner, sometimes I have to stop and get a hot dog," she told Bon Appétit before grilling skewers from her meal kit company, Martha & Marley Spoon, on the rooftop of Martha HQ. "I commute to Bedford [in Westchester, NY] every day, which is an hour away, so if I'm coming home from work at 11 o'clock at night, one of my drivers will bring us to Papaya King on the Upper East Side. That's an evil thing I do."

Two hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard are her go-to order, while her driver opts for just ketchup. Stewart's been a hot dog fan since her childhood in New Jersey. Her family was "too poor to go out and rarely went to restaurants," she said, but they found time for hot fudge sundaes at ice cream parlors—if they saved up their babysitting money—and hot dogs.

Martha Stewart grillingPhotographed by Hugh Stewart. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.

"Rutt's Hut [in Clifton, NJ] was a place we'd go. It was a hot dog place, and was probably a precursor to McDonald's. I stopped there recently and remembered my mother there. My mother loved hot dogs," she said with a smile. "They do all kinds of versions of hot dogs now, but they used to just use mustard, relish, ketchup, and sauerkraut. That was a nice place to eat together as a family."

Once they moved to Connecticut, everything changed. You see, the CT-style dog has a unique version of "the works": mustard, sauerkraut, bacon, and relish. Rawley's Drive-In in Fairfield is her all-time favorite, and that combination of flavors inspired her own hot dog at Pink's in Los Angeles. Her signature dog there has relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, and a finishing drizzle of sour cream—no ketchup or mustard in sight.

So the next time you ask yourself, "What would Martha Stewart do?" the answer is simple—eat a hot dog.

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The Leftovers Guide: 10 Things to do with Leftover Burgers and Hot Dogs
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The Leftovers Guide: 10 Things to do with Leftover Burgers and Hot Dogs

Find out how to use those leftover hot dogs and hamburgers.

Pasta Filling

Crumble up the patty and use it in a creamy pasta dish. Add some water or broth to the pan while heating up the burger to moisten the beef. Check out our Hamburger Buddy recipe for inspiration.

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Soup Add-Ins

Bulk up your soups with the crumbled meat from your burgers. You can add it to an existing soup that needs a little more depth or create an entirely new one. Try our Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage soup for a healthy but hearty meal.

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Taco Meat

If you're craving Mexican food, you are in luck because your leftover burgers can easily be converted into taco meat. Crumble up the patties, add taco seasoning, some tomatoes, peppers and onions, and you have the perfect taco filling (or topping for a taco salad)!

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Wraps and Sandwiches

Use your hamburger patty as the filling for an inventive wrap or sandwich. Top a hoagie roll with marinara and mozzarella for a hearty Italian sub, or try our Southwestern Beef and Bean Wrap if you're craving something spicy.

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Salisbury Steak

Convert the patty into a salisbury steak. You can get creative with this one and use new and unexpected flavors. Try our Asian Salisbury Steak recipe for an oriental twist.

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Franks N Beans

This one is a classic, plus it is perfect for a summer camping trip. Add those leftover dogs to your baked beans for the ultimate comfort food.

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Kill two birds with one stone and use your leftover burgers and hot dogs in one casserole dish. This Hot Dog Corn Bread Casserole isn't complete without a scoop of chili on top. Make sure you crumble your beef patties and use them in your chili!

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Chop up the leftover hot dog and add it to your omelet. This is a great way to get a hearty breakfast and quickly use up all of those leftover hot dogs. This could work with crumbled beef patties or bratwurst as well!

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Pizza Toppings

Hot dogs and hamburgers make great pizza toppings! Try sliced hot dogs, jalapenos and pineapple for a Hawaiian-inspired pizza.

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Spaghetti Hot Dogs

Your kids will not only love eating these spaghetti hot dogs, but they will also have a blast making them with you. Entertain your kids for a few hours and get them to clean their plates. What more can you ask for?

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