I am so ready to have the weekend to just chill out with my family after the first week of school. My husband, who usually works on Saturday, is off from work (Woot), so I think we are going to head to the lake. I have been making food for the past few days to get ready for a weekend away from home. When I am cooking for the weekend, I have to remember to get some fun foods for the kids to eat as well. Nothing says a relaxing weekend at the lake like hot dogs, right? My kids love it when I make one of their favorite fun foods; Firecracker Hot Dogs.
Firecracker Hot Dogs
These Firecracker Hot Dogs are so easy to make, the kids can help. My son Henry has a form of Autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, and he has a short list of foods he will eat. He will eat hot dogs, but I cannot cook them on the grill. No food that enters my son’s mouth can have those black grill marks! That makes these Firecracker Hot Dogs perfect for Henry because I bake them in the oven! Henry LOVES these Firecracker Hot Dogs and they are super fun to eat! SO for my family, we have a win-win here!
I will offer you a piece of advice. Let the deli cut your slices of cheese. I bought a block of cheese and tried to cut it myself and it was a disaster! I found my star cookie cutter in the Wilton area at the Walmart. If you don’t have or cannot find one, my daughter found a template online and we could have cut the stars by hand if we needed to. Two great 4th of July treats that go great with these Firecracker Hot Dogs are my Layered 4th of July Jello Shots and Patriotic No Bake Mini Cheesecakes.
- 16 wooden skewers
- 16 hot dogs
- 16 pieces of refrigerated breadstick dough
- 8 1/4" thick slices of colby jack cheese (you should be able to get 2 stars from each slice)
- Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie/baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet
- Insert skewers through all of the hot dogs, leaving about 1/2" exposed at the top for the cheese
- Take one piece of the bread stick dough and wrap around one hot dog. Start at the bottom and circle towards the top. Repeat for the remaining hot dogs.
- Place wrapped dogs on the baking sheet and place in oven, baking according to the breadstick directions.
- While the hot dogs are baking, take a small star shaped cookie cutter and cut out your cheese stars.
- Once the hot dogs are done, cool slightly and stick a cheese star on the top.
What fun food do you make for the Fourth?