The 4th of July is already a pretty big holiday. But, it’s also right there in close to my mom’s birthday and is yet another one’s favorite holiday in the family. So, for us? It’s go big or go bigger. There isn’t much room in between for anything else. I’m not sure when or where, but I saw the idea for these ‘sparkler dogs’ a while back now and have been meaning to make my riff on them for at least a year or two.
Originally, they were pretty plain, plain, plain. So I decided to up the ante a little bit with throwing some 'Everything’ seasoning at them and using some of my other favorites to make them a little more health conscious.
One of the first swaps I made was to use a good quality wiener. I prefer one that isn’t all junked up with additives, nitrates, and whatever bull tends to be loaded into one of America’s favorites. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t go for the jumbo franks’ though.
Another thing I did was to use an organic refrigerated crescent roll dough and a very trusted brand for the ‘Everything’ seasoning too. Other than that, there’s really not a whole lot else to change around. You’ll want to be sure to get thick cut cheese from the deli too. I chose monterey jack cheese (sliced thick on a 3 or 4 setting) for it’s softer nature; making it better for skewering.
There you have it! A fun and festive take on a pretty classic nosh-worthy bite. The ‘Everything’ seasoning really makes these sparkler dogs feel like they’re even more fun and ‘sparkle’ worthy.
Oh, and those fancy hotdog papers? Yeah, those came from a dollar store.
TheSkinnyFork.com An all American way to eat and enjoy an all American staple! These hod dogs are patriotic themed. Perfect for kids and adults to enjoy! Prep Time: 10 Minutes • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 Sparkler Dog • Calories: 360 • Fat: 23 g • Saturated Fat: 10 g • Carb: 22 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 16 g • Sugar: 3 g • Sodium: 967 mg
• 8 Oz. Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough
• 6 All Beef Hot Dogs
• 1 Tbsp. 'Everything' Seasoning
• 6 Thick Slices Monterey Jack Cheese
• 6 Large Bamboo Skewers
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or a silicone baking sheet; set aside.
Roll the 8 Oz. crescent roll dough out on a piece of parchment paper to press the seams together and make one big dough sheet. Cut the dough into 6 equal strips.
Pat dry the 6 hot dogs and skewer each one onto a bamboo stick leaving at least an inch at the top for skewering the cheese later.
Wrap one strip of the dough around each skewered hotdog and set aside.
Place the 1 Tbsp. of Everything seasoning onto the parchment used for the dough and roll each of the dough wrapped hotdogs around in the seasoning to lightly coat.
Transfer the dogs to the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is browning.
While the hotdogs are cooking, cut out the 6 thick cheese slices into the shapes of hearts (or whatever other shape you desire.)
Once done, remove the hotdogs from the oven and allow to cool slightly before skewering the shaped cheese onto the end of the sparkler dog.
Enjoy right away!
Nutritional Claims: Sugar Conscious • Low Potassium • Egg Free • Peanut Free • Tree Nut Free • Soy Free • Fish Free • Shellfish Free • Pork Free • Crustacean Free • Celery Free • Mustard Free • Sesame Free • Lupine Free • Mollusk Free • Alcohol Free • Sulphite Free