This is a fun one for the weekend. Nothing fancy, and far from gourmet, these ‘piggies in a blanket’ are something my mom used to make for us when we were kids. I’d kind of forgotten about them until I had little ones of my own and then one day they popped back into my head – much to my children’s delight! In fact the only thing my kids don’t like about them is waiting for them to toast in the oven. But once they’re out, there are no complaints, so give these a try and see how you like them.
If your eyebrows are raised and I’ve offended your inner food snob, don’t worry – I KNOW. Normally my idea of hot dog heaven involves a good quality sausage on baguette with hot mustard and rocket (arugula). But there’s a time and place for everything, even low-brow junk food. For me, this brings back childhood memories of summer, and I secretly love them as much as my kids do. They taste very much like a regular hot dog, but the crunch of the toasted ‘blanket’ hides a warm, soft and oozy melted cheese filling that’s just bliss. Warning: you might need more than one each.
I’ve listed the basic recipe below, but you can jazz them up with chopped onion, sauerkraut, relish, etc – just as you would a regular hot dog.
Ingredients (for 4):
4 pre-cooked hot dogs
4 slices of soft bread
4 thin slices of cheddar cheese (you can also use grated)
Ketchup and mustard to taste
1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 390 F
2. Heat up hot dogs (I use a microwave but boiling water works great too)
3. Spread each slice of bread with ketchup and mustard
4. Lay a slice of cheese across each slice diagonally
5. Put a hot dog on top of each slice of cheese (also diagonal to the bread, so the hot dog is going corner to corner)
6. Bring the other 2 corners together, wrapping the hot dog within, and use two tooth picks to secure each one.
7. Place them in a baking tray, fit snugly together if possible (this prevents them from opening up)
8. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and bread is lightly toasted