Jason Loring’s Apocalypse Nosh Dog—a take-off on the Apocalypse Now burger featured at Nosh Kitchen Bar—is the eighth hot dog in the Blue Rooster Summer Chef Series. It features a bacon-wrapped hot dog, topped with pork belly, foie gras mayo, cherry jam and cheese sauce.
At $9, the Apocalypse Nosh dog is the most expensive of the hot dogs offered to date, but also the most generously topped one. (Not surprising, since its namesake burger has been described by Loring as an ode to excess.)
For instance, there’s a trifecta of pork in the hot dog/bacon/pork belly combo, and an ample hit of cheese sauce. I tend to think of cheese sauce as that gooey, impossibly salty, neon-yellow colored stuff you see being poured on to mountains of pasta and burgers in commercials for boxed dinners and fast food chains. This version had a thicker consistency, and a milder, more pleasant taste.
I’m usually wary of fruit—in any of its forms—as a condiment, but I found that I really liked the contrast the sweet cherry jam against the hot dog’s more savory ingredients, so much so that I’ll consider trying the Apocalypse Now burger the next time I’m at Nosh. And what a neat visual: that smear of very-dark purple jam almost resembles caviar. (Less aware was I of the foie gras mayo but, on this edible ode-to-excess, I can’t tell you that I missed it for a second.)
The Apocalypse Nosh Dog will be available through Thursday, July 24.
I will be traveling for the next two weeks (maybe one of my fellow Portland food bloggers will report on Mike Wiley’s contribution?), so my next bit of Blue Rooster coverage will be the hotly-anticipated Week 10 entry from Joe Ricchio.