Joe Ricchio’s “Happy Ending” Dog (Blue Rooster Food Co. Summer Chef Series)

by chubbywerewolf on 3 August 2014


The Blue Rooster Summer Chef Series enters the home stretch this week with its week 10 entry, Joe Ricchio’s “Happy Ending” Dog.

Served atop a griddled bun, the Happy Ending dog is topped with caramelized shiitake mushrooms, grilled scallions, tama miso, kewpie mayo, sriracha sauce and cilantro. 

joe-ricchio-happy-ending-dog-2Although the Happy Ending dog’s pedigree is distinctly Asian, biting into this hearty and satisfying sandwich with its grilled ingredients brought to mind the experience of eating a stadium sausage topped with peppers and onions, the type you’d find outside Fenway Park or Wrigley Field.

Kewpie mayo and sriracha sauce have each achieved a high degree of popularity here in the U.S. in recent years. Enjoying these versatile ingredients together, on this hot dog, its easy to understand why. (The approximate two-to-one ratio of the rich, cool kewpie mayo to spicy sriracha was perfect for me.)

I’m a bit of a dilettante when it comes to things like tama miso (I had to look it up to recall exactly what it is: a miso paste made with egg yolk and rice wine), but I definitely enjoyed it. I wasn’t surprised to read that it is frequently served atop grilled foods, as it was a great fit here. Inspired by my experience with the Happy Ending dog, I may attempt to make a batch of this savory stuff at home.

The Happy Ending Dog costs $8, and will be available through Thursday, August 7. Next week’s hot dog comes to us from Andrew Taylor of Hugo’s and Eventide Oyster Co.

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NolaSox August 4, 2014 at 9:02 am

You referred to Ricchio’s creation as a “sandwich,” but the picture looks very much like a hot dog. I’m confused.


chubbywerewolf August 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

Hot dogs are considered sandwiches by a great many people, myself included.


NolaSox August 4, 2014 at 6:03 pm

What about a hamburger?


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