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Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

Benjamin Franklin once said that in this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the fact that bacon makes everything better.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs  |  {Five Heart Home}

Ole’ Ben was onto something, don’t you think?

I can probably count on one hand the number of times per year that I eat a hot dog.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy them when I do…hot dogs are just kind of situational/seasonal for me.  I’ll have one at a baseball game in the spring or at a barbecue in the summer or with chili on top in the fall.  But oozing with cheese and wrapped in bacon? Well, that could make eating a hot dog (or three) a weekly affair.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs  |  {Five Heart Home}

If you’re looking to take your next cook-out to the next level, might I suggest the following method: take a package of plump, good-quality hot dogs, slit them down the middle, stuff them with sharp cheddar, and wrap them snugly in a jacket of flavorful bacon.  Then take your time grilling them so that, as the cheese melts, the bacon gets nice and crispy all the way around.  I’m telling you, you’ll never want to eat a plain hot dog again.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs  |  {Five Heart Home} Sure, my kids enjoyed these, but they don’t yet have the abundant appreciation for bacon that takes 30-plus years to fully cultivate.  So I’m telling you now, if you L-O-V-E bacon like I do, you must try these hot dogs.  Even if you’re lukewarm towards hot dogs and/or cheese, you must try these hot dogs.  And if you want to go all Emeril on me and kick it up yet another a notch, you could even stuff some sauerkraut and/or sautéed onions on top of the cheese before wrapping the whole caboodle in bacon.

I know, I know…bacon is not exactly health food and, as responsible adults, we should enjoy it in moderation.  But the same could be said about hot dogs.  So I’m going to side with Mr. Franklin on this one and say that it’s okay, nay encouraged, to wrap your hot dogs in bacon.  For special occasions, of course.  And if this upcoming Fourth of July isn’t the type of special occasion that calls for such cheese-stuffing and bacon-wrapping — after all, what’s more American and patriotic than a hot dog? — well, I don’t know what is.

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Hot Dogs

Once you've had a hot dog that's been stuffed with gooey cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon, you'll never be satisfied with a plain hot dog again!

Ingredients

  • Large all-beef hot dogs
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced into thin sticks
  • Bacon (about 1 to 1 1/2 slices per hot dog)
  • Toothpicks (about 3 per hot dog), pre-soaked in water

Directions

  1. For each hot dog, cut a lengthwise slit about 3/4 of the way through, leaving the ends intact. Stuff cheese tightly inside. Using a toothpick, secure a strip of bacon at one end of the hot dog and start wrapping, keeping the bacon snug but avoiding overlapping. If you run out of bacon before you get to the end of the hot dog, continue your wrapping with another half strip. Secure bacon with toothpicks in the center and at the end of the hot dog.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Place hot dogs over indirect heat and grill first side for 4 minutes or until bacon is crispy and cooked through on that side. Rotate hot dogs a quarter of a turn and repeat. Continue until all four sides of each bacon-covered hot dog are cooked.
  3. Remove toothpicks and serve hot dogs on toasted buns with desired condiments.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

Soaking your toothpicks prevents them from catching on fire.

I was worried about my bacon cooking all the way through, but I didn't have a problem with it using fairly thin-sliced bacon.

http://www.fivehearthome.com/2013/06/25/bacon-wrapped-cheese-stuffed-hot-dogs/

Adapted from Savory Reviews.

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  1. OMG!!! Cheese and bacon!! I pinned this to try this summer. It looks amazingly good!

  2. I am drooling! Bacon makes everything better!
    I’d love to have you share this and/or any other recipe at Wednesday Extravaganza – A Foodie Link Party! Hope to see you there :)

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