Wednesday, May 23, 2018

52 Recipes | Grilled Whangdoodles aka Spiraled Hot Dogs

Back in March, Teddy started asking for a Willy Wonka Tea Party Unbirthday Party for his birthday. We took that as some mash up between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Thankfully, both of those stories/movies leave a lot of room of creativity and weirdness. My mind started to spin with all of the possibilities. In the middle of planning and after inviting some people, we decided we would be going to Disneyland (more on this on Friday) right before the party! Gears switched and I decided to focus on the food.

I have been wanting to try spiraled hot dogs since they first were popular a few summers back. I felt like making them and calling them Grilled Whangdoodles was a great tie in for the party. If you are unfamiliar with the reference, Whangdoodles were one of the types of horrible creatures that Willy Wonka rescued the Oompa Loompas from. It happened to be a pretty big hit. They were so good, we forgot to take pictures right away.

Again, no true recipe but the idea is pretty simple. Grab your hot dogs, some skewers, buns and a knife, and then light up your grill. Slide the skewer through the entire length of your hot dog. Place hot dog on cutting board then cut into the hot dog at a slight angle. Turn hot dog and continue cutting until you reach the other end. Carefully remove skewer from hot dog. Repeat with remaining dogs. Grill them up and then top to your liking!

Results and Thoughts
This is such a fun and easy way to jazz up such a simple meal like grilled hot dogs. It took a few extra minutes of prep but it was worth it. We will probably be doing it again. Also, I really love the extra crispy edges.

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