The Incredibly Simple Way Ina Garten Makes Hot Dogs

If there's one thing Ina Garten is known for, it's cooking almost entirely from scratch while using only the highest quality ingredients. Though the celebrity chef often insists that "store bought is fine," anyone who watches "Barefoot Contessa" knows that Garten uses the term "fine" pretty loosely. She is certainly not a food snob, however, when it comes to a good ol' hot dog.

According to Garten's post on Twitter, she and her husband, Jeffrey, like to enjoy the store-bought staple on occasion, especially during the summer holidays. Rather than whipping up a feast in her kitchen as she usually does, Garten heads to the backyard. "Instead of grilled, we like ours over an open fire," she shares of her hot dog cooking process. As for prepping the dogs, Garten keeps it simple. For the buns, she uses potato rolls — "Jeffrey and I are traditionalists," she explains — and for the condiments, her go-to is Gulden's mustard, no ketchup, and most importantly "LOTS of relish."

Hot dogs are Ina Garten's favorite food

As someone who has dedicated her career to the culinary arts, it may come as a surprise that Ina Garten puts hot dogs on a pedestal. But let's not forget, Garten is a New York gal — she was born in the city, dirty water dogs are practically part of her DNA. In fact, Garten loves hot dogs so much, she told TODAY she'd have one as her last meal. But not just any hot dog, one specifically from Frenchie To Go. She shared on Instagram that Frenchie To Go makes their own hot dogs, and Garten is definitely not one to turn down food made from scratch.

As much as Garten is a self-proclaimed hot dog "traditionalist," in true "Barefoot Contessa" fashion, she also likes to take them to another level, per her Instagram post. She says a great way to make hot dogs extra fancy is to wrap them in puff pastry. Of course, a hot dog in any shape or form is good enough for Ina Garten. And in this case, she really does mean store-bought is fine.