Pizza dough wrapped around a hot dog, tied into a knot and brushed with garlic olive oil…garlic knot hot dogs! What’s not to like?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hebrew National. The opinions and text are all mine.
Well, we are gaining ground this summer. I am taking the reins and finding my way around the city juuuuust fine thanks to google and google maps. Every week, we try to explore one or two parts of NYC that we haven’t visited yet or think would be really fun. (Our bucket list is right here if you’d like to see!) It’s turned out to be a great method for us. Laundry and house cleaning is at the beginning of the week. The nanny comes mid-week and our trips fall closer to the end of the week when we need a little pick me up, just before Daddy comes home for the weekend.
Traveling to new places is really fun, but it wreaks havoc on our dinner routine. Being out and about has its perks but trying to nourish 3 kids and myself and my husband who is here and then not here and then here again while we’re doing it is slightly tricky. So, I’ve had to think of dinner recipes that will store well, travel well and please every palate regardless of when we’re eating. Usually when we’re home (and even when we’re not) my kids are never eating at the same time. I know I’m usually the one eating LAST because my kids need drinks, napkins, seconds, food not touching other food on their plates, more drinks, their shirt put back on (??) and more. Plus, my husband currently works crazy hours in a city three hours away so when he’s home, we know he wants everything homemade….hence the storing well part of these new dinner recipes.
When opening my fridge last week to figure out what to make, I stumbled across a package of Hebrew National hot dogs. And while I feel like I should have thought of this recipe sooner, this idea hit me like a tidal wave: “garlic knots wrapped around hot dogs. Hot Dog Garlic Knots. Garlic Knot Hot Dogs. OF COURSE I should make that.” My mind works a little differently than other brains out there. Or so I’m told.
So, I did make this recipe using my Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and by golly it was delicious. Think pigs in a much more delicious blanket. The pizza dough cooks perfectly and puffs up nicely and the Hebrew National hot dogs are the perfect salty and savory bite. I use Hebrew National hot dogs because I trust their brand and have come to realize their food standards and quality of product are so.darn.high. Plus, my kids eat them no problem-o and don’t put up a fight. I’ll take it!
And the best news is these are good warm, at room temperature and even cold! My 18 month old grabbed one right out of the fridge the other day. They also can store well in the fridge and reheat nicely, as long as you don’t zap them like crazy.
Here are some of the photos I took of the process. As you would assume, you wrap the pizza dough around each hot dog nearly twice and finish it with a knot tied into the dough. Brush with a little (or a lot) of the homemade garlic olive oil and bake. Not too shabby!
Be sure to scroll down to get my cooking tips and printable recipe card. I’ve also included some pictures of when we went to Washington Square Park one afternoon and two of my kids enjoyed these Garlic Knot Hot Dogs while the other “wasn’t hungry”. Oh, Blake. You are one of three reasons why we are in this whole eating in shifts predicament. Raise your hand if you’re ready for school to start again? Me me me!!
Helpful Recipe Tips
Anyways, this recipe makes 14 total garlic knots and would be delicious without the garlic oil (but much more delicious with!!) Also, I cut my hot dogs in half to be more kid-friendly, but if your crowd has larger stomachs, feel free to keep these whole and make a larger version; you’ll just have to wrap the dough around once more before you knot it.
You’ll also have to watch your oven. I’ve noticed my oven runs cold, and I had to keep mine in a little longer than I anticipated. Be sure to watch these well and to not over bake! You want the pizza dough to stay slightly soft, while the bottoms to get light to medium brown.
Garlic Knot Hot Dogs
Pizza dough wrapped around a hot dog, tied into a knot and brushed with garlic olive oil...garlic knot hot dogs! What's not to like?
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Unwrap hot dogs and place onto paper towels. Place more paper towels overtop hot dogs and roll side to side to dry as well as possible. Slice each hot dog in half.
Divide pizza dough into 14 even pieces. Roll each piece, one at a time, into a 10-inch rope. Roll one hot dog piece with dough, wrapping around once, and then twice, tying in a knot to complete. Tuck dough ends from the knot gently underneath nearby dough. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Pour olive oil, garlic, garlic powder, Italian Seasoning and salt into a shallow bowl. Stir gently and microwave 20-30 seconds until fragrant. Brush onto the dough to moisten and bake 10-15 minutes or until the bottoms of the knots have browned.
Once baked, brush with any remaining garlic oil. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature and store in air tight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
*if you don't like the taste of extra virgin olive oil, use lighter tasting olive oil.