It is always a challenge to fix a dinner that everyone will enjoy, especially the kids. I received the current issue of Family Fun Magazine (February 2010) and noticed a way to fix hot dogs that was different than I have seen before. This may sound like Forrest Gump and the shrimp conversation - but I know that you can fix a hot dog in many ways...
...with the usual condiments - mayo, mustard, ketchup and relish - in different combinations
... with saurkraut with or without above mentioned condiments
... cooked over a open fire on a stick
...without a bun and cut up in wheels
...in pork 'n beans
...in mac 'n cheese
...tator dog - a hot dog sliced lenght-wise with a scoop of mashed potatoes, sprinkle with shredded cheese and baked - YUM! An old cafeteria favorite!
...an octopus dog - take the bottom half and cut in strips, cook, add mustard for eyes and mouth
My husband and I cut up the hot dogs in thirds. Then with DRY SPAGHETTI, we skewered several spaghetti through the hot dog pieces length-wise. Carefully cook them in boiling water until pasta is tender. I asked my husband what we should serve with these dogs. We came up with spaghetti sauce and shredded cheese and the usual ketchup.
My boys LOVED them! The older one, Daniel -9 yo- had it with the sauce and cheese the younger had them plain. However, with the younger one, Garrett- 3yo- there were stories and playacting with eating of these Squid Dogs. As for me - well - I didn't really care for them - honestly. But I am ok with that. And I am ok with NOT eating mac 'n cheese and canned raviolis- less calories...