My love for cooking began when I was a kid. I think I made my first batch of brownies by myself when I was about 8 years old. I made all manner of things from grilled cheese to pancakes from scratch… mac and cheese from the box and PB&J on Ritz crackers! And by the time I was 11, I made a full pot of Portuguese soup for my Vavó on a trip to Portugal. I was always curious. Always wanting to learn. I don’t quite remember how I came upon this recipe. It could have been on T.V. or in a kid’s magazine or a cookbook somewhere. But, I vividly remember this concoction on a summer vacation when I was a kid. And I loved it!
If you want to get your kid’s started on learning to be self-sufficient in the kitchen, the best place to start is with things they love. Then you can work up from there. Then you get a little more adventurous asking them to pick out veggies at the market and make creations. So, to start them off, this is a no brainer. What kid doesn’t love hotdogs? What kid doesn’t love grilled cheese? And what kid doesn’t love being creative? And so the Hot Dog Griller was born.
Recipe for Hot Dog Griller:
2 slices whole wheat bread (any square sliced bread will work fine)
1 hotdog (regular size, any brand)
1 T. margarine
2 slices American cheese (or whatever you like best)
1/8 cup water (if steaming hot dog)
Steam hot dog in 1/8 cup water. When water fully evaporates, the hot dog should be done. Cut in half lengthwise. Set aside.
Spread margarine on one side of each of the slices of bread. Turn over, place cheese and half a hot dog. Fold in half forming a triangle. Grill as you would a grilled cheese until both sides are golden brown. Cut in half making two smaller triangles or leave as one large triangle. (If your child loves mustard either use as a dipping sauce or place on hot dog when building sandwich, my suggesting would be to try as a dipping sauce first to ensure they still like mustard with the cheese.