Coney Island grill, courtesy of Mike Bruchas
Tulsa's Coney Island, courtesy of Mike Bruchas

Mock Coney Island Coneys from Guestbook 205, where Scott Linder said:

OK, it's Sunday around noon here in sunny L.A. and I have decided to treat myself to a few "mock" Coney Islander dogs. Here's my quick/fake recipe:

Do a few Nathan's Famous dogs on a well-seasoned flat cast-iron grill or in a heavy cast-iron skillet over medium heat.

Place a can of Skyline Chili (or the Skyline Cincinnati Chili mix available at in a small sauce-pan and not boil.

Meanwhile, finely chop a medium white onion.

When the dogs are heated-through and glistening, lightly steam the appropriate amount of fresh white-bread buns in a steamer-basket or metal colander over a small amount of boiling water in a large sauce-pan or pot with the lid on...this takes only a few moments.

Have French's prepared yellow mustard standing-by at room temperature.

When all ingredients are ready, assemble as follows:

Place a dog in the steaming-hot bun, apply the mustard to the dog and on each side next to the bun, add a layer of chili just covering the dog, then add the onions with a fork, pressing them into the chili.

A sprinkling of fresh-ground pepper and a dusting of cayenne are recommended. If you must, a topping of cheese is OK...but use ONLY thin pre-shredded cheddar to maintain the proper taste.

OK, I'm gonna have lunch now......

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