Firecracker hot dogs are perfect for Fourth of July or any summer party. They are easy to make with yeast dough, chili sauce and hot dogs, topped with cheese stars.
When our girls were young, about six and eight years old, we moved to Houston, Texas. It was the first time they had ever lived in the United States so we embraced the Fourth of July in a big way. Of course, everyone needed one of those Old Navy t-shirts with the year on it each summer. We planned barbecues for that day and invited friends and family over to watch the fireworks with us. Because we had found the ideal spot.
It was close enough to the big city-organized celebration at Eleanor Tinsley Park where the firework display was set off so we could see them, yet far enough away that we didn’t have to get involved in much traffic to get home after they were done. We parked our van on the corner of an empty grassy lot a couple of hours before the main event, setting out chairs and coolers and marking our territory. If you angled your chairs just right, there was a perfect view of the night sky between the buildings that wasn’t obvious from the street. It wasn’t long before others saw us, got the same idea and joined in. But we were always there first, in the prime location.
We’d laugh and talk and enjoy the summer night, especially when there was breeze, the air redolent with the smell of bug spray and freshly mown grass. We’d tune the radio to whichever station was part sponsor of the fireworks display because there was always music choreographed to go along. No matter how many cars, no matter how many people, the excited crowd quieted down when the first flare went up.
Our oooohs and aaaaaahs and wows were punctuated by the loud reports from the sky. – Did you see that one! Look, look! It’s a heart. Oh, my goodness, a yellow rose! How do they DO that? – Deep in the Heart of Texas dovetailed into classical music, merged with Yellow Rose of Texas on the radio. Everyone sang along loudly to Lee Greenwood’s Proud to Be an American and the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s pretty cool when strangers gather to enjoy the same spectacle.
As the music built to a crescendo for the finale, the fireworks erupted one after the other in a long, loud volley and then the sky went dark. There was a deep collective sigh as we packed up to head home again. Beautiful.
If you are getting together with friends and family this Fourth of July, you’ll want to make these fun firecracker hot dogs. Or, indeed, choose any one of the more than 40 easy Fourth of July recipes the Sunday Supper tastemakers are sharing. Scroll past the firecracker hot dog instructions for the complete list.
- 1 package rapid rise yeast (1/4 oz or 7g)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1½ cups or 360ml warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4½ cups or 565g flour
- Olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons store bought or homemade chili sauce (plus extra for serving – optional)
- 20 hot dogs (The brand I buy has 10 to a pack.)
- 8 oz or 225g block cheese (You won't use the whole thing.)
- 20 wooden satay sticks or skewers
- To make the pizza dough, add the warm water and sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer along with the yeast. Leave to prove for at least five minutes. If it hasn’t created foam, toss it out and buy some new yeast and start over.
- If it’s nice and foamy, add in about 2 cups or 250g of the flour and mix well at a medium speed for 3-4 minutes.
- Add in the rest of the flour, a few tablespoons at a time, with the mixer still going.
- When the dough is too thick for the cake beater, switch over to the bread hook and keep adding flour.
- Once the flour is all incorporated, knead for a further 3-4 minutes.
- Form the dough into a ball and drizzle just a little bit of olive oil into the bowl.
- Roll the ball around in the oil to coat.
- Cover with a damp towel or some cling film and set aside to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C. Line two baking sheets with silicone liners or baking parchment.
- Use some paper towels to dry your hot dogs then push a skewer through each, till about 1½ inches or 38mm shows out the top.
- When the resting time for the dough is up, lightly sprinkle your clean work surface with flour.
- Press the dough out into a rectangle. Use a pastry brush to spread the chili sauce evenly all over the rectangle of dough.
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to divide the dough into 20 relatively equal strips.
- Hold one skewered hot dog right over the end of one of the dough strips and wrap it around the hot dog right at the bottom, making sure to overlap the dough as you complete the first turn.
- Keep turning the skewer so that you are winding the dough up around it, until you get to the top of the hot dog.
- Wind the final bit of dough around the top of the hot dog and pinch the end to connect it to the dough by the skewer.
- Put the wrapped hot dog on your lined baking sheet. Continue until all the hot dogs are wrapped.
- Bake the hot dogs in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the dough is starting to turn golden.
- Rotate the baking sheets halfway through so that the hot dogs are evenly baked.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool while you create the cheese stars.
- Cut thick slices from your block of cheese and use a small star cutter to create 20 cheese stars.
- Top each firecracker hot dog with a star.
- Serve with extra chili sauce on the side, if desired.
This recipe was adapted from Handmade in the Heartland.
Happy Fourth of July to all Americans, wherever you might live. Many thanks to our host this week, Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings and our event manager, Shelby of Grumpy’s Honeybunch. Check out all the great easy Fourth of July recipes we’ve got for you!
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