Another summer lunch idea here! I’d mentioned a few weeks ago that I was running out of ideas for easy summer lunches for the boys. These Homemade Pigs in a Blanket are just the ticket! My boys seem to ask, “What’s for lunch?”, right around 10am… we wake up early and they do swim team (must get energy out!) every morning so lunch can’t come soon enough for them!
Instead of trying to think of a new idea each day, and letting each boy pick out their own lunch, we are trying to have a plan and rotate though a set list of lunches. This actually cuts down on the time we spend getting everything ready and cleaning up because everyone’s eating the same thing. We haven’t stuck to it 100 percent, but it does help to have ideas written down and ingredients on hand.
I made my own dough from scratch in my stand mixer, but you could make them even easier by picking up a bag of ready to use pizza dough (Trader Joe’s has a good one).
Adding an egg wash to the dough and a sprinkle of sesame seeds makes these extra delicious!
Let your kiddos help wrap the dough around the dogs. It’s a little therapeutic, like playing with play dough! They’ll enjoy eating their own creations that much more. Serve them with some carrot sticks and apple slices and you are good to go!
Until dinnertime of course… :0)
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- 2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons oil (I used olive oil)
- 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 12 hot dogs
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine yeast and warm water. When the yeast becomes foamy, add sugar, oil, 2 cups of the flour, and salt. With the dough hook attachment, mix on low until combined. Gradually increase the speed until a soft dough forms to medium high. Knead with the dough hook for about 7 minutes, stopping to add flour (up to one cup more). The dough should stick to the bottom of the bowl but not to the sides. It should be slightly sticky with no visible flour.
- Remove the dough from the bowl, oil the bowl, and place the dough back into the bowl. Cover and let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Punch the dough down and roll into a log. Cut the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each portion into eight-inch pieces, and twist around the hot dogs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- To make the egg wash, whisk one egg with one tablespoon of milk. Brush the top of each dough wrapped hot dog, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.