Halloween is a spooky time of year when all things are geared towards the ghoulish and macabre. But sometimes ghoulish and macabre can be adorable too. That was the intention behind the latest creation to unfold in my kitchen last night for dinner. The plan was to create “Mummy Dogs”, the pigs-in-a-blanket with a Halloween twist.
They’re actually quite easy to make, as long as you have the patience to wrap each hot dog with gooey strips of crescent roll dough. And while time consuming, this is a perfect chance to let your kids in the kitchen and have them help make dinner.
Ingredients needed: 10 hot dogs, 1-2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent roll dough, cheese, and mustard.
The first thing I did was prep the crescent roll dough. Each package of crescent rolls contains 8 triangles, connected by twos. I sealed each perforation so that the dough was instead 4 rectangles. And then I cut each rectangle into 10 long strips.
The cheese is best done with American cheese, but we had only had plain old Monterey Jack (which I prefer, anyway). I cut 20 small rectangles of cheese, creating two cheese pieces for each “Mummy”.
For some reason, however, the cheese kept disappearing….
Placing two pieces of cheese at the lower 2/3 of the hot dog, I wrapped 4 strips of dough around the cheese and the dog. I created an open space near the top, moving the dough aside to show the face.
As you can see, some of these mummies ended up a little naked….
I realized partway through the process that 4 strips of dough didn’t really seem like enough. This is why I recommend using more like 2 cans of dough, covering each dog with 6-8 strips. After all, there is no such thing as too much doughy goodness.
However, once baked, they filled out a little more, especially the one that I dressed with more strips than the average Mummy.
Dot some mustard for eyes, and voila! Mummy Dogs!