Beyond the Bun: 6 Fun Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

From hot dog sushi to mini corn dog muffins, beat your frank fatigue with these out-of-the-ordinary hot dog recipes

The humble hot dog -- kid-favorite and wallet friendly -- doesn't have to be ho hum and on a bun. While we're guessing you'll eat your fair share of franks this barbecue season, your options aren't limited to the grill. Check out these six out-of-the-ordinary ways to eat hot dogs:

Hot Dog Sushi

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

Holy Cannoli Recipes

How fun is this adaptation of sushi from Holy Cannoli Recipes? For an adventurous twist, fill your rolls with bits of hot dog, pepperjack cheese and pickle, and top each piece with a dot of mustard.

Get the recipe for Hot Dog Sushi

Zucchini Weenies

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs


Inspired by fairground fare, blogger BetsyLife cooked up a hot dog stuffed inside a zucchini, and then battered and fried the whole concoction. Hey, fried and on a stick, plus a veggie to make us feel better about ourselves? We're in.

Get the recipe for Zucchini Weenies

Creamy Hot Dog Mac and Cheese

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

This Gal Cooks

You've probably made hot dog mac and cheese for your kids, but blogger This Gal Cooks has a grown-up version, featuring chipotle pepper adobo sauce, that you'll want to eat, too. Bonus: It's a great way to use up leftover hot dogs.

Get the recipe for Creamy Hot Dog Mac and Cheese

Mini Corn Dog Muffins

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

Six Sisters' Stuff

Drop half-moon shaped pieces of hot dogs into mini muffin tins with cornmeal-based yumminess for a homemade version of a corn dog. Who needs a state fair? 

Get the recipe for Mini Corn Dog Muffins

Grilled Hot Dog Skewers

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

Family Fresh Cooking

These skewers include slices of hot dog and corn tortillas for a result sort of like deconstructed pigs in a blanket -- and they make a great presentation.

Get the recipe for Grilled Hot Dog Skewers

Soft Pretzel Dogs

 Ways to Eat Hot Dogs

Willow Bird Barking

If you love soft pretzels (and who doesn't?), you'll love these buttery soft pretzel dogs, stuffed with hot dogs, jalapeno slices and cheddar from Willow Bird Barking.

Get the recipe for Soft Pretzel Dogs

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Google+ and Twitter.

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