Putting on the dog: Fancy hot dog designs
by Maida Heatter
Hot dogs cut in fancy shapes turn plain food into party fare — and fun! Try putting the dog on such compatibles as macaroni and cheese, cabbage, or this creamy potato salad served with a tomato half filled with pickle relish, plus carrot curls, romaine leaves and black olives.
(Read from left to right, in a Z pattern)
Hot dog design 1: Diamond
Score the top of the hot dog deeply — about halfway through the dog, using a crosshatch design.
Hot dog design 2: Spikes
Cut the hot dog three-quarters of the way through, down the middle. Cross with vertical cuts, also only three-quarters of the way through the hot dog.
Hot dog design 3: Palm tree
Cut three slices through the board (all the way through the hot dog), leaving one inch on the end uncut.
Hot dog design 4: Zig-Zag
Cut through to the board down one side. Make cuts on the opposite side between the first ones.
Hot dog design 5: Spirals
Cut the hot dog in long quarters, making four separate strips.
Hot dog design 6: Snake
Cut through to the board on half of each side of the hot dog, leaving the opposite side uncut.
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