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Easy & Fun After-School Snack Recipes Kids Will Love (National Hot Dog Month)

July is National Hot Dog Month, so we're turning the spotlight on the well-loved sausage! 

Many foodies wonder, how has a sausage came to be known as hot dog? According to National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the sausage was initially known as a "dachshund" or "little-dog" sausage, and was invented in the 17th century by a butcher named Johann Georghehner from Coburg, Germany. 

There are a million ways you can cook a hot dog, and many foodies are getting more and more imaginative in transforming the mundane sausage into creative culinary masterpieces that kids adore!


Octopus Hot Dogs (Viki Official)

Viki Official has a post on Octopus Hot Dogs which is more of a tutorial than a recipe for cutely shaped hot dog pieces. It's all about cutting hot dogs into thumb-size pieces and cutting half of it  lengthwise into eight, creating a octopus legs that naturally curl once cooked. These octopus hot dogs look adorable on top of a plate of pasta or boiled rice!  

"After cooking them all, I chose to serve mine with classic mac-n-cheese (a bit of East meets West, if you will), but you can easily serve this dish with ramen noodles, dress up a salad, or even make a fun lunch for kids by serving it with ketchup and mustard!"


  • 1 package of all-beef hotdogs

via Octopus Hot Dogs (Viki Official)


Tortilla-Wrapped Hot Dogs (La Cocina De Leslie)

If your family likes corn dogs, this recipe from La Cocina De Leslie called Tortilla-Wrapped Hot Dogs is an easier version but still offers the lovely flacor combination of sausage and bread. It's a great snack to make after school and it only takes a few minutes to make. And because they're easy to whip up, your kids can even help you out with these babies! 

"These Tortilla Wrapped Hot Dogs, which are a very popular street food here in Mexico, also make for a delicious snack to eat while watching your favorite team battle it out on the football field. If you've never had a hot dog wrapped in a crisp golden fried tortilla, you have been missing out."


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 12 hot dog sausages (beef, pork, or turkey) 
  • Vegetable oil (for frying) 
  • Ketchup 
  • Mustard
  • Salsa

via Tortilla-Wrapped Hot Dogs (La Cocina De Leslie)


Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dogs Bites with Homemade Marinara Sauce (Damn Delicious)

This Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dogs Bites with Homemade Marinara Sauce from Damn Delicious is just so classy and fun at the same time. It's basically spaghetti threaded into hot dog buttons - the result? A cute, picturesque and cartoon-like plate of spaghetti and hot dogs. This is a great example of how a creative technique can transform everyday ingredients into excellent dishes.

"These hot dog bites are so fun to make with both kids and grown-ups!"


  • 8 ounces spaghetti, broken in half
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package andouille chicken sausage, sliced

For the Marinara Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

via Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog Bites with Homemade Marinara Sauce (Damn Delicious)


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:

No time to cook hot dogs? The microwave is your best friend! Just put the hot dogs in a bowl, pour enough water to cover, and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain water and let the hot dogs cool down a little before serving.


Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.


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