Hot dog rolls?! Summer break is great, but it also means you have to come up with lunch ideas.
As you can imagine, it can be quite daunting.
So here’s one easy recipe using hot dogs. And it doesn’t matter whether your children are young or old, they can all learn how to make a simple lunch.
In this article, I’ll show you how to make hot dog rolls with children.
Ingredients for hot dog rolls
- hot dogs (25% less salt)
- cheese slices
- soft (flour) tortillas
- a bit of vegetable oil (I use avocado oil)
- side dish like salad and/or fruit
Before you start making the rolls
Since you will make the main dish soon, let’s plan for side dishes. The best places you can look for ingredients are your fridge, cupboards, and garden. Homegrown food definitely adds lovely colour, taste, and nutrition for sure!
Once you know what you have, prepare the side dishes. You can either start dishing up on a serving plate or keep them separate until you are ready to serve. As long as you get it done, it’ll make the serving part easy.
How to make hot dog rolls
Step 1: Precook
Before you start rolling, precook the hot dogs. It’s totally up to your personal preference: boiling or microwaving. The hot dogs were already precooked in the picture above.
Step 2: Roll
To begin, let’s gather our hot dogs, cheese slices, and soft tortillas on a flat surface.
Once you have everything including the small/apprentice chefs, lay a soft tortilla in front of them. Next, put a slice of cheese on top. Then place a precooked hot dog.
As you can see in the picture above, make sure to place the cheese slice & hot dog closer to you. Just like making a sushi roll, you don’t want things sticking out the edges.
When you finish rolling the hot dog rolls, prepare to brown the outside.
Step 3: Brown
Now, let’s brown the shells to make them crispy! First, put a bit of vegetable oil and heat the pan. I usually keep it medium-high heat (6-7 out of 10). Once the pan is hot, place the rolls on the open side down. By doing this it will seal the shells.
While you cook, make sure to use some of the 5 senses. For this, you can apply sight, smell, and hearing senses!
Pan fry it for 45 seconds and check. If it’s not ready, leave it until it’s golden brown. When one side is done, flip it to the other side. Just to let you know, the second side usually takes a little less time. So make sure to stay close!
Do you have crispy-looking hot dog rolls? If you do, turn off the heat, and remove the pan from the stove.
Final Step: Serve the hot dog rolls
Finally, get the serving plate ready. You can either serve the hot dog roll whole or cut it in half. Or even into bite-size for younger children.
There were two issues that led to my idea of hot dog rolls. The first one is that I had 3 hot dogs that would have gone bad soon. The other problem was that there were NO hot dog buns! How many of you have had a situation like this? And you didn’t want to waste food?
As you can imagine, I started thinking about what I could use as an alternative to the buns. Then I remembered the soft tortillas that I had, but no filling to hold. So the simple answer was creating the hot dog rolls!
The best part is that your children can be involved to make them. A hands-on experience is definitely the way to introduce healthy eating habits.
Now you know what to make for lunch. Hot dog rolls are perfect for you and your family to make together.
Please send us a picture when you make one!