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Mad Dogs Recipe
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Mad Dogs

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"Mad dogs were my favorite kid food, and they're fun to make. Good quality hot dogs are slit open, stuffed with cheese, and wrapped with a slice of bacon. They're great with or without a bun, and you can try them with ketchup, mustard and onions. "

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Using a knife, make a slit along the entire length of the hot dog that's about 3/4 of the way through the hot dog. Break the cheese slice into 2 pieces and stuff each piece into the slit in the dog. Wrap the bacon slice around the hot dog in a spiral fashion, then secure all with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet or baking dish.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 11 to 15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 25, 2005

Great recipe! Brought back old memories for me, also. I am the chef & Aunt in a busy household with my brother, his wife and their 5 kids. I mention that because my sister-in-law wasn't too fond of the "Mad Dog" idea because of the high fat content. So, we compromised: Regular hotdogs, reduced fat cheese and (preheated) turkey bacon. They cooked up nicely with a lot less grease. **Here's my twist on it though: I wrapped them in cresent rolls before baking, as my mother used to do. We then used our condiments as a dipping sauce rather then a topping. (I wrapped mine with chopped onions inside) :-) The kids definatly loved to help make & eat these (as did my brother) & we'll make them again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 03, 2003

I loved these with the bacon removed AFTER baking its juices in. If you LOVE hot dogs, try this recipe!


74 Ratings

Jul 14, 2003

i like this recipe so did my neice, the only thing was that the bacon didn't get cripsy like i thought. It could be because i used thicker bacon, maybe next will use regular bacon. I did put it under the broiler for a few minutes and that did help but not to my moms liking but she likes her bacon really crispy. Diffinitely will do this again. thanks

Jul 06, 2008

I made these for a 4th of July cookout and they were a huge hit! I used beef hot dogs and american cheese. I also used pre-cooked bacon. Instead of wrapping and securing the bacon, I just placed a strip on top of each dog while baking. Served with catsup, mustard and finely chopped onions. Yum yum - I'm a convert now - it'll be hard doing back to eating plain old hot dogs now.

Feb 23, 2004

We had these when I was a kid too, but we called them Swanky Frankies. I loved the suggestion about pre-cooking the bacon. Nothing can gross a kid out quicker than undercooked bacon.

Mar 29, 2011

This was a childhood treat that my wife and I decided to splurge with. We pre-cooked the bacon a bit, and it came out of the oven crispy and delicious. Add a trail of mustdard down the slit with the cheese, and it just about reaches perfection.

Jan 24, 2004

Nice change from plain old hot dogs. Quick and easy too.

Feb 03, 2004

I grew up with these too! We called them,pigs in a blanket! The only thing we did different, was to add a squirt of ketchup or mustard into slits with the cheese and wrapped with bacon. Then we broiled them, rotating as they browned. They are a little messy when cooking,but flavor is great! Thanks Jerrol for bringing this memory back to me!!


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  • Calories
  • 478 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 1.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 44 g
  • 68%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 19 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1106 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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