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JULY 4TH RECIPE: Firecracker Hot Dogs

Firecracker Hot Dogs

July 4th Hot Dogs

Skip the hot dog roll this year, in favor of these fun firecrackers (photos courtesy USA Pan).

 

Why stick a hot dog in a roll?

These Hot Dog Firecrackers are an easy recipe to serve over 4th of July weekend, fun for all age.

You don’t need a roll to hold the ketchup or mustard. You can neatly add them to the “firecracker” via a squeeze bottle or a knife.

This recipe came to us from USA Pan, makers of fine bakeware.

Prep time is 15 minutes, cook time is 15 minutes.

You don’t need a grill: These firecrackers are baked in the oven.

RECIPE: FIRECRACKER HOT DOGS FOR JULY 4TH

Ingredients For 16 Hot Dogs

  • 1 refrigerated crescent dough sheet
  • 16 hot dogs
  • 16 slices thick slices of cheddar, colby or jack cheese
  • 16 wooden skewers, soaked
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Stick the skewers through the center of the hot dogs until there is an inch and a half of the skewer coming out from the top of each dog.

    2. PLACE the crescent dough on flat surface. With a knife, cut ¾ inch thick strips.

    3. WRAP each hot dog with a strip of dough, leaving a gap between each spiral. Place the hot dogs on a half sheet pan (see below), leaving a small amount of space between each hot dog. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. While the hot dogs are cooking…

    4. CUT stars from the cheese. Assemble on top of the finished hot dogs and serve.

     

    THE HISTORY OF SHEET PANS

    A sheet pan, baking tray or baking sheet is a flat, rectangular metal pan used in an oven. It is typically used for baking bread rolls, pastries and flat products such as cookies, sheet cakes, swiss rolls and pizzas.

    The most basic sheet pan is literally a sheet of metal, hence the name. If you have a cookie sheet with no continuous lip around the edges, you have a sheet pan.

    One or two edges are rolled to enable easy handling in and out of the oven. The open sides allow you to remove the warm cookies without disturbing their shape.

    Modern sheet pans used in commercial kitchens typically are made of aluminum, with a 1 inch lip around the edge.

    The Sheet Pan Evolves

    The next step in the development of the sheet pan was to include a lip on one or more edges, to prevent food from sliding off. Some pans add handles to aid in placing the pan in, and removing it from, the oven.

    A sheet pan that has a continuous lip around all four sides is also called a jelly roll pan. It can be used to make the flat cake layer used for jelly rolls and roulades with other fillings.

    Today, there are specialty sheet pans that include a layer of insulation or air (an “air bake pan”), designed to protect delicate food like macarons from burning.

    Sheet Pan Sizes

    In the U.S.:

  • A full-size sheet pan is 26 by 18 inches—too large for most home ovens.
  • A two-thirds sheet pan (also called a three quarter size sheet pan) is 21 by 15 inches.
  • A half sheet pan, which most of us use in our home ovens, is 18 by 13 inches (photo #2).
  • A jelly roll pan, typically 10½ by 15½ inches, is a smaller version of a half sheet. The proportions produces a layer of cake size that is ideal for rolling.
  • A quarter sheet pan is 9 by 13 inches, and can be used for rectangular, single-layer cakes.
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    Sheet Pans Vs. Cookie Sheets

    Cookie sheets are different from baking pans. Baking pans have rolled edges, and cookie sheets do not.

    Cookie sheets offer the advantage of a large surface area with no edges to impede removing the baked cookies. But their lack of edges limits their uses:

    You can bake cookies in a baking pan, but you can’t cook a roast (or anything else that expels juice) on a cookie sheet.

    Baking pans for roasts, called roasting pans, are deeper, to accommodate the size of the roast plus the juices it emits.
     
      

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    RECIPE: No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stars

    A patriotic dessert doesn’t have to be red, white and blue. And a cookie doesn’t have to be baked.

    This recipe from McCormick makes chocolate chip cookie dough stars.

    Since there’s no oven and no knives, you can delegate the task to a fledgling cook. Prep time is 20 minutes.

    RECIPE: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH STARS

    Ingredients For 24 Cookies

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
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    Preparation

    1. PREPARE a 15 x 10 x 1-inch shallow baking pan by lining with foil. With an electric mixer…

    2. BEAT the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl at medium speed, until light and fluffy. Add the sugars, vanilla and salt; mix until blended and smooth. Stir in the vanilla wafer crumbs and chocolate chips.

    3. PRESS the cookie dough firmly into the pan, in an even layer. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until firm.

    4. FLIP the cookie dough onto a cutting board and remove the foil. Cut into star shapes with 2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter.

    5. PRESS the cookie dough scraps back into pan, refreezing it if too soft, to cut out more stars. (If you eat them, we won’t blame you: We’ll join you. You can eat them with impunity since there is no raw egg).
     
     
    IF YOU WANT SOMETHING SWEET IN RED, WHITE & BLUE…

    HERE ARE MORE DESSERT RECIPES

    Cakes & Cupcakes

  • Triple Berry Biscuit Shortcake (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Cheesecake (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Cupcakes (recipe)
  • Red Velvet, White & Blue Cupcakes (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Frosted Layer Cake (recipe 1)
  • Red, White & Blue Grilled Angel Food Cake (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Layer Cake (recipe 2)
  • Red White & Blue Layer Cake (recipe 3_
  • Red, White & Blue Shortcake (recipe)
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    Cookies & Bars

  • American Flag Cookies (recipe)
  • Oreo Cookie Balls (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Whoopie Pies (recipe)
  • Stars & Stripes Toll House Cookies (recipe)
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    Ice Cream

  • American Flag Brownie Ice Cream Cake (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Parfaits (recipe)
  • Strawberry & Blueberry Parfait (recipe)
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    Pies & Tarts

  • American Flag Pie (recipe)
  • Blueberry Cherry Pie With Stars & Stripes Top (recipe)
  • Red, White & Blue Tartlets (recipe)
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    More

  • Pavlova (recipe)
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    MORE PATRIOTIC FOOD

    For some red, white and blue recipes for other meals, head here.

     

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stars
    [1] No-bake cookie dough stars from McCormick.

    Red, White & Blue Pie Recipe
    [2] A frozen patriotic pie from QVC (recipe).

    July 4th Pie
    [3] Make a custard or cream pie with a berry top (photo courtesy American Pie Council).

    Flag Layer Naked Cake
    [4] A flag layer cake from Good Eggs, in the trendy naked cake style (no icing on the sides).

    July 4th Pound Cake

    [5] The easiest red, white and blue dessert: pound cake, whipped cream and berries (photo courtesy Knudsen Dairy).

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Add Grilled Fruit To Your Cocktails

    Cocktails With Grilled Fruit Garnish

    Cocktails With Grilled Fruit Garnish

    If a cocktail uses a fruit garnish, grill the fruit first (photos courtesy Kenyon International).

     

    When your business is making grills, as it is at Kenyon grills, you’re always thinking of what to grill next.

    From the company’s test kitchen, here’s a way to add a subtle smoky flavor to summer cocktails. Grill the fruit!

    Here are two favorite cocktails, given the grilled fruit treatment.
    For both recipes, prep time is 5 minutes; total time is 15 minutes.

    RECIPE #1: PINA COLADA WITH GRILLED FRUIT GARNISH

    A long-time favorite tastes even better with fresh, grilled pineapple and a squeeze of grilled lime.

    July 10th is National Piña Colada Day. Here’s the history of the Piña Colada.

    Ingredients For 2 Drinks

  • 1 cup fresh, sliced pineapple rings, plus two whole rings for garnish
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 3 ounces white rum
  • 1 lime, sliced in halves or quarters
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • Optional garnish: maraschino cherries
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the grill to medium-high heat. Place the sliced pineapple and lime on the grill for approximately 3 minutes per side, or until golden.

    2. REMOVE the limes off the grill first. Set the grilled fruit aside on a plate. Allow the pineapple and lime to completely cool.

    3. ADD the grilled pineapple, cream of coconut, rum and ice to the blender. Squeeze in the juice from the grilled lime. Blend on high until smooth.

    4. POUR into tall glasses and garnish with a slice of grilled pineapple and an optional cherry.

     
    RECIPE #2: GRILLED STRAWBERRY MARGARITA

    Enhance a classic Margarita with the flavors of grilled strawberries and a squeeze of grilled lime. Here’s the history of the Margarita.

    Ingredients For 2 Drinks

  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and hulled
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1-2 limes
  • 1 cup all-natural Margarita mix
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • Ice
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    Plus

  • 2 skewers, pre-soaked
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the grill to medium-high heat.

    2. PLACE the strawberries on the skewers. Lightly coat with sugar and set aside.

    3. CUT the lime into 1/4-inch thick slices. Once the grill has preheated, place the strawberry skewers and limes on the grate and close the lid. Grill for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, removing the limes first. Set the fruit aside and let it cool; then remove the strawberries from the skewers.

    4. RIM the glasses with a piece of lime; then dip in either Tajin seasoning, salt, sugar or a mix of salt or sugar and cayenne or other chile powder.

    5. ADD the Margarita mix, tequila, ice and grilled strawberries. Blend until frothy. Pour into glasses and add a squeeze of grilled lime. Garnish with a grilled lime wheel.

    Now that you have the hang of it, consider “grilling up” your other favorite summer cocktails.
     
      

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