Star Spangled Firecracker Hot Dogs
Here comes the 4th of July! Let’s celebrate. For the rest of this week we are going to be sharing different fun foods for you to celebrate the 4th with. We hope they’ll make a big bang and inspire you to add some red, white and blue to your 4th of July get-togethers and family festivities this Friday and throughout the holiday weekend. We had so much fun designing all the fun food we are going to be sharing!
The first fun food we are sharing with you is our playful Star Spangled Firecracker Dogs. These firecracker dogs are just too cute not to have on hand for your celebrations. They bring out the kid in all of us.
Prepping these guys is simple and only takes a few steps to make. Let’s get started.
- 2 can refrigerated breadstick dough
- 2 packages -16 hot dogs
- 16 thick slices Colbycheese – Have the deli slice this for you in ¼” slices
- 16 skewers
- First take your skewers and stick them all the way through your hot dogs leaving about an inch of the skewer exposed out of the top of each hot dog.
- Take a section of breadstick dough starting at the top of the hot dog carefully wrap it one time around and pinch it just a bit to secure it and continue wrapping it around the hot dog until you get to the bottom.
- Place the wrapped dogs on a non stick baking liner, parchment paper or spray your baking pan with a non stick coating spray.
- Bake according to the package directions for the breadstick dough. It took us about 20 minutes at 350.
- While the hot dogs are cooking cut out your cheese stars. The key to achieving success with this step is to have your grocers deli counter cut slices of Colby cheese that are 1/4″-3/8″ thick. Using a small star cookie cutter cut out your stars. Depending on how big or small your cookie cutters are will determine how many stars you get out of each slice of cheese. We could only get one star out of each slice. Hint: we highly recommend using Colby because it’s softer and more playable than other cheeses like Cheddar. Hard cheeses want to crack and crumble when you insert the skewer into your stars. Probably any softer cheese would work well.
- After your dogs have cooled completely, carefully stick the skewer into the star. Hint: it isn’t necessary to stick the skewer all the way through to the top of the star.
- Now for the cute pail to display your star spangled dogs…We used a small pail and pushed a Styrofoam ball down into the pale until it was hidden below the lip. Then we added shredded crinkly paper to display them in. This makes a fabulous fun focal statement on your holiday table. You can also just layer them on top of each other on a plate. Enjoy! Life is Delicious!