My mom started this tradition several years back where we turned our hot dogs into mummy dogs around halloween. I believe our first few years doing this, we used little smokies instead of actual hot dogs, so we had about a million and one mini-mummies. They were cute... but also a little bit of a pain in the rear to make.
After we learned our lesson, we began to use regular size weenies and it was a whole lot easier of a process! Now that my daughter is older and more sentient (as my brother would say), I really enjoy sharing all the fun and festive holiday stuff that my mother used to do for my brother and I.
While it's a silly and rather minimal tradition, it's ours and we love it.
It helps too that my daughter is a hot dog fiend.
It's seriously one of the only forms of meat that she will actually eat.
I feel that I should put a disclaimer here. I called these 'healthier' mummy dogs since... there isn't a whole lot to change around here to really claim them to be healthy, healthified, or even skinny. I had full intentions of making a gluten free crescent roll dough, and in fact... tried two different times. But, I was just not happy with either end result, so I ended up sticking with the original canned crescent roll dough - which makes my soul cringe just a little bit. Sorry everyone!
I also feel as though I should explain the fact that I have the servings listed as 8 and yet only show 6 mummy dogs in my photos below. Well, while I was moving back and forth between the kitchen and the table... my loving kitty decided to get up and taste test. Thanks, Orion!
Anyway, back to the weenies.
These little guys are a super fun halloween treat to play around with and are perfectly great to serve up at any sort of halloween party since they are something that both kids and adults can enjoy.
To make these 'healthier' I swapped regular old weenies out for their turkey brethren (without preservatives, nitrates, etc.) and used a reduced fat crescent roll dough. That's... really about all that could be done.
Well, thank goodness I was done with taking photos since right after I shot this one... my daughter came in and swiped the mustard eyes off this little guy and made me eat it. But, she did happily sit down and ate her 'healthier' mummy dog without another complaint.
'Healthier' Mummy Dogs
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 Mummy Dog • Calories: 210 • Fat: 13.5 g • Carb: 15 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 8 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 700 mg
1 (8 oz.) Container Reduced Fat Crescent Roll Dough
8 Turkey Hot Dogs (I used Oscar Mayer Selects Hard Wood Smoked.)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with foil and give it a light coat of non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Open and unroll the crescent roll dough.
I like to cut mine in half down the vertical line and cinch the perforated cut marks together on each half.
Roll it out slightly with a rolling pin.
Using a pizza cutter or sharpened knife, carefully cut the dough into long skinny strips.
I got about 32 strips out of all of my dough.
Begin wrapping each hot dog up with the strips, starting at one end and working towards the other. It's not rocket science and they by no means need to be perfect. I actually find that their differences are kind of fun. Just be sure to leave some space at one end or the other for the eyes!
I used about four strips (or one crescent roll) per weenie.
Place each of the mummy dogs onto the prepared baking sheet and put in the oven to make for 8-9 minutes.
I like to turn mine about halfway through cooking to bake more evenly all the way around.
Once the dough is cooked and starting to brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Dot some mustard on there for 'eyes' and serve right away. Enjoy!