I love seeing the look on the littlest son’s face when I make him ‘fun’ food. Holidays provide the ultimate opportunity to surprise him. Still, sometimes I just don’t have the time, or the energy, but these Mummy dogs are so simple and quick. From start to finish it took less than 20 minutes. Add some fun to your Halloween lunch or dinner with this adorable idea.
recipe adapted from Pillsbury
- 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls, or homemade crescent roll dough
- 2 1/2 slices American cheese, quartered (optional)
- 10 large hot dogs
- cooking spray
- mustard or ketchup
- If using Pillsbury crescent roll dough, unroll the dough sheet. Press together at the perforations to seal it into one large rectangle.
- Cut the rectangle into ten ‘bandages’. Stretch the bandages a bit to elongate them.
- Wrap one bandage around one hot dog and 1 quarter of cheese. Repeat for each hot dog.
- About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate the ‘bandages’ so that the hot dog shows through for it’s ‘face.’ On an ungreased baking sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down).
- Spray the dough lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 13 to 17 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown and the hot dogs are hot.
- With mustard, draw features on the ‘face.’
While I’m notoriously not a fan of hotdogs, the rest of my family is. Pretty sure, if allowed, two of my four children would eat them everyday and possibly, quite happily, turn into one. Being the hot dog snob that I am, I will only eat two brands, and I can’t stand them doused with condiments. In an effort to practice what I preach to my children and ‘try new things’ I decided to hunt down something to do with them, some recipe that I would actually enjoy. Oven baked hot dogs quickly became my best hot-doggy friend. Instead of a hot dog on a limp bun, I’m now into crunchy sandwich territory, and it’s heavenly. While these may look like typical chili-dogs, they’re actually cleverly disguising the satisfying outer crunch that protects their delicious insides.
Seriously, about that crunch, you probably want to eat them using a knife and fork. I did say I was a hot-dog snob, right?! With these I am finally one satisfied snob.
Oven Baked Hot Dogs
recipe adapted from Alyssa B. Young
- 8 hot dogs
- 8 hot dog buns
- 1 can of chili, or leftover homemade chili
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- cheddar cheese
- stone ground mustard
- dill relish
- Line the inside of hot dog buns with mayonnaise and mustard. Evenly add the relish. Fill with hot dogs and squeeze the stuffed buns into a 9×13 baking pan.
- Top hot dogs with chili, diced onion, and cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
- Carefully remove from the pan with a spatula and serve.