Fourth of July Hot Dog Recipe

It’s just about that time of year when we celebrate America’s Independence!

I saw this image on Pinterest and had to give it a quick look . . . basically what you see is what you have.

4th of July Firecracker Hot Dogs on a stick.

Recipes with pictures are much more exciting than words, but, of course, I’m going to tell you all about it. These images from Handmade in the Heartland show the finished product and the beginning process. It is an impressive way to make patriotic hot dogs for the 4th of July. Your guests are going to flip over these!

What You’ll Need To Buy:

  • Thick slices of Colby Cheese Slices or any cheese of your choice from your favorite deli where you can get it sliced — you want your slices to be 1/4 inches to 3/8 inches thick.
  • Star Cookie Cutter — large for the star on top, but also a small one for little stars to use for extra cheese to decorate your plate.
  • Wooden Skewers
  • 1 can refrigerated bread stick dough
  • 1 or 2 packages of hot dogs of your choice — depends upon your crowd

Bringing It All Together:

  1. Carefully push your wooden skewers through your hot dogs — you want it to go all the way through so you can have room to place your cheese star on top. These skewers are long, so you’ll have plenty of  stick for handling and giving your hot dog a look of a fire cracker.
  2. Take a piece of bread stick dough and carefully wrap it around your hot dog starting at the bottom and winding your way up the hot dog — making a nice spiral.
  3. As you have probably guessed, these don’t go on the grill, but are put in the oven following the baking instructions on the bread stick dough can. Before baking, put them on a nonstick cookie sheet — you may want to also use parchment paper to line the pan, but you don’t have to.
  4. While your wrapped up hot dogs are baking, cut the stars out of the cheese.
  5. After your hot dogs have cooled, put your large cheese stars on the skewer at the top of your hot dog.
  6. They’re impressive to put in a nice bucket with red, white and blue confetti paper with a nice chunk of styrofoam hidden under the colorful paper. Presentation is very important — this will truly wow! your guests.
  7. I’m sure you’ll find a use for your left-over cheese . . . those cutter cutter scraps could be melted into a cheese sauce you can use for dipping your hot dog into . . . or to make some nachos . . .

I hope this recipe brings some joy to your 4th of July celebration.