How to Cook Hot Dogs

Some have asked me how to cook hot dogs in different ways. I can understand why I am asked this question. Hot dogs are a very cheap way to feed a family and kids seem to love them. I purchased one hundred hot dogs from the local butcher for only $25.00; that is twenty five cents for each. These are good quality, nice size and great tasting. What else can you buy for this amount of money?  

Of course, everyone knows how to cook hot dogs by boiling them in hot water and serving on buns with catsup or mustard. There are many more ways to serve them than on buns. Kids might think the best hotdog recipe is what we call pigs in the blanket or dogs in the blanket. This recipe is great for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. Serve a little fruit with them, fresh salad, French fries or other side items your family loves.

How to Cook Hot DogsHow to Cook Hot Dogs

When I am asked for my best hot dog recipe from people wanting to know how to cook hot dogs, I can think of many. I would say one of my best hot dog recipes is what I call “cheap man’s stuffed crown roast” recipe; standing hot dogs are stuffed with mashed potatoes and surrounded with buttered carrots. This is a delicious combination!


Poor Man's Stuffed Crown Roast RecipePoor Man's Stuffed Crown Roast Recipe

Watch Me Make Poor Man's Crown Roast

  • 20 to 24 Hot dogs
  • Mashed potatoes to feed your crowd
  • Cooked carrots to feed your crowd

Run a large needle with thick thread through the hot dogs ½ inch from the bottom; leave extra string at both sides.

Do the same ½ inch from the top.

NOTE: At this point I place hot dogs on griddle to heat. You can wait until finished arranging and place the crown roast in the oven at 375F degrees for 20 minutes.

Tie the ends of the top strings together; tie the ends of the bottom strings together to make a circle.

Stand the ring of hot dogs upright on a heatproof platter; tie a ribbon or string around the center.

Fill the “crown” with mashed potatoes (or stuffing); garnish around the sides with cooked carrots.

NOTE: If you want to spend a little more money, the larger fat frankfurters with a natural curve work quite well.

Most of us love hot dogs and baked beans that is why so many cans of “Beanie Weenies” are sold. When learning how to cook hot dogs you will find they add a lot of flavor to casserole recipes. The casserole below is along the same line but much more delicious. Try it for a take in supper.


Baked Beans CasseroleBaked Beans Casserole
  • 1 Pound hot dogs cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 3 Cans pork and beans ( 19 3/4 ounce each)
  • 1 Can tomato paste
  • ½ Cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup minced apples
  • ½ Cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • 4 Strips bacon

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT bacon strips; blend together and spoon into a greased casserole dish.

Top casserole with bacon strips; bake about 70 minutes.

Serving of Baked Bean CasseroleServing of Baked Bean Casserole


Hot Dog Veggie CasseroleHot Dog Veggie Casserole
  • 1 Pound hot dogs cut in pieces
  • 5 Medium potatoes washed and sliced in peel
  • 3 Medium carrots sliced
  • 3 Stalks chopped celery
  • 1 Medium chopped onion
  • 1 Can drained green beans
  • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme divided
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper divided
  • 1 Can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 Cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400F degrees; coat a large casserole dish with oil.

Layer half of potatoes, carrots, celery, onion and green beans; top with half of hot dogs.

Sprinkle with half of the seasonings; repeat the layers.

Top with tomatoes with chilies; cover and bake at 400F degrees for 20 minutes.

REDUCE oven temperature to 350F degrees; bake 1 hour longer until vegetables are tender.

Top with cheese and place in oven until cheese melts; serve hot.

A Serving of Hot Dog Veggie CasseroleA Serving of Hot Dog Veggie Casserole


When learning how to cook hot dogs you will find them a great alternative when making tacos. The flavor is excellent!

  • 2 Tablespoons taco sauce
  • ½ Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green chilies (canned)
  • 4 Hot dogs
  • 4 Taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Marinated garbanzo beans drained
  • Guacamole sauce

In medium bowl combine taco sauce, cheese, onion and chilies.

Split hot dogs lengthwise (Not all the way through; only so you can open them) place in shells.

Stuff the hot dogs with ¾ of the stuffing mixture; stand upright in a 7 X11 inch baking dish.

Top with remaining cheese mixture; place in oven or microwave until thoroughly heated.

Serve topped with lettuce, beans and guacamole sauce.


When learning how to cook hot dogs you will find many of the recipes very quick and easy to make like this one.

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 Frankfurters
  • 1 Package refrigerator crescent refrigerator roll dough
  • 1 Beaten egg
  • 1 Can (15 ounces) baked beans in tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Sauté frankfurters in hot oil`3 to 4 minutes; drain on paper towels.

Separate dough into 4 rectangles; press each to an 8 X 6 inch rectangle.

Brush edges of rectangle with beaten egg; add 1 sautéed frankfurter on each dough rectangle.

Add about 1/3 cup of the beans to each; fold dough over hot dogs and beans and press edges to seal.

Place bundles on greased baking sheet; brush each with beaten egg and sprinkle with cheese.

Place in oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown.


When learning how to cook hot dogs, you will find they come in handy for many easy appetizer recipes. Quite often they will taste completely different only by changing the sauce.

  • 1 ½ Pounds hot dogs cut in 1-1 ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ Cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons fat
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Cup catsup
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • ¼ Cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tablespoon prepared mustard
  • ½ Cup chopped celery
  • ½ Cup water

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; arrange hot dogs in baking dish.

Lightly brown onion in skillet with hot fat; add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.

Pour sauce over the hot dogs in baking dish; bake about 45 minutes.

This recipe is about enough for 6; if you are having a party you might want to double or triple the recipe.


Pigs in a BlanketPigs in a Blanket

Watch Me Make Pigs/Dogs in a Blanket

For decades when learning how to cook hot dogs, one of the most popular hot dog recipes is called Pigs in the Blanket or I sometimes call it Dogs in the Blanket. The recipe takes UNBAKED BISCUITS, SLICED AMERICAN CHEESE AND HOT DOGS.

You can make homemade biscuits or you can purchase them from the refrigerator section at the supermarket.Here is the recipe that I used: 


  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons solid shortening
  • 3/4 Cup milk

Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

Blend all ingredients together until smooth; roll dough out and cut in rounds like making biscuits.

Then roll each round to about a 5 inch round circle.

Place a slice of cheese on top of the dough and a hot dog on top of the cheese. 

Roll the dough and cheese over the hot dog; stick with a toothpick to hold closed. 

Bake in the oven until the dough is light brown; remove from oven and serve hot.

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