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)

Fancy hotdog cuts 1970s

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.


Hot dogs cut in fancy shapes: Step-by-step how-to hot dog diagrams

Step-by-step how-to hot dog diagrams

Step-by-step how-to hot dog diagrams


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Filed under: 1970s, Food & drink, Lunch recipes, Meat recipes, Retro dinner recipes, Vintage Fourth of July

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