Hot dogs are often viewed as kids’ cuisine or maybe something you order at the ballpark. However, this recipe for spicy, cheesy garlic bread hot dogs is going to change the way you look at franks forever. These delectable dogs would be perfect for a Super Bowl party or for a fun Friday night dinner with the family.
The recipe from Kitchen @ Hoskins requires just a few simple ingredients: A baguette, jalapeno peppers, garlic, butter, cheese, and of course, hot dogs! (If you’re worried about the spice factor and little kids, you can always layer your jalapenos on half the baguette, and leave the rest pepper-free.)
Your hot dogs are only going to be in the oven a short time, so you should hand-grate your cheeses — cheddar and pepper jack — rather than opting for the pre-shredded stuff. Otherwise, the cheese won’t melt as consistently and will become more gloopy (as pre-shredded cheese has added ingredients like cornstarch to keep it from sticking together in the bag, which in turn makes it difficult to melt uniformly).
While Maria, the blogger behind Kitchen @ Hoskins, slices her baguette open and then hollows out the bread to make room for her franks, you could also cut off the ends of a baguette and then use a spoon to hollow out the bread. This way your hot dog will be neatly contained inside of the bread, kind of like a corndog, except it is surrounded by garlicky, cheesy bread. In a similar recipe, Delish suggests the same method, and they also opt for Parmesan cheese for a different taste.
Of course, you could also create a sort of “deconstructed” take on this recipe, and use bratwursts instead of hot dogs to appeal to more adult palettes. By turning French bread, Havarti dill cheese, and garlic into a crunchy crostini, you can create the perfect buddy for your brats. To add spice, you can cut jalapeno peppers and top each brat crostini with a slice.
Have you tried cheesy garlic bread hot dogs before or crostini brats? Let us know what you thought in the comments!