“It’s like a piggy in a blanket, but Hulk-size!” — Hilton, recipe tester, age 7
HEAT AND LINE: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray parchment lightly with vegetable oil spray.
SKEWER: Carefully push 1 skewer lengthwise (the long way) through center of each hot dog.
PREPARE DOUGH: Use your hands to pat and stretch 1 biscuit dough round into oval, about 8 inches long. Cut oval in half lengthwise. Repeat stretching and cutting with 3 additional biscuit dough rounds.
WRAP: Starting from top, wrap 1 dough strip around each hot dog in spiral, leaving gaps in spiral as you wrap. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, tucking ends of dough strips underneath hot dogs.
BRUSH: Use pastry brush to brush tops of dough strips with egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top.
You can make your hot dogs extra-special by making a topper for your skewers! Pat out extra biscuit dough into 4-inch circle. Use 1½- to 2-inch star cookie cutter (use similar-size cookie cutter of another shape, if desired) to cut out dough shapes. At end of step 2, carefully push skewers all the way through hot dogs, leaving 1½ to 2 inches of skewer sticking out at top of each hot dog. At end of step 4, carefully stick 1 dough shape on end of each skewer. Continue with recipe as directed.
The Fourth of July, also called Independence Day, is an American holiday celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence—which happened (no surprise!) on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence stated that the American colonies were no longer under British rule—they were now independent states. This makes the Fourth of July like America’s birthday! Today we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parades, and barbecues where we serve classic “American” foods such as hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad.