Bart: Leonard Nimoy? What are you doing here?
Nimoy: Wherever there is mystery and the unexplained, cosmic forces shall draw me near.
Hot Dog Vendor: Hey Spock, what do you want on your hot dog?
Nimoy: Surprise me.
– The Springfield Files (The Simpsons Season 8 – Episode 10)
What exactly is the hot dog vendor putting on Leonard Nimoy’s hot dog? I had always thought it was sauerkraut since that’s a traditional hot dog topping. However, the topping in question is never verbalized and so we have this hilarious, but quick, sight gag and nothing more to reference. The point is I’m going with sauerkraut as the hot dog topping because this is my blog and I do what I want, when I want…Oh God, inchworms!
- Hot Dog Bun
- Hot Dog
Boil your hot dog (as would the hot dog vendor) and place on a hot dog bun. Add a Spock size dollop of sauerkraut.
There is a second shot of Leonard Nimoy later in the episode where it appears he did NOT enjoy his surprise, because he is eating a plain hot dog without any toppings:
The sauerkraut got everywhere; it made the bun super soggy and gross because this is not an appropriate amount of sauerkraut for a single hot dog. Basically the lesson here is never try, I mean never say “Surprise me” to a hot dog vendor.
Cromulence: 4 Homer Is a Dopes out of 10
Spock’s Hot Dog Recipe From: The Springfield Files (The Simpsons Season 8 – Episode 10)