Gather your besties for a delicious evening of entertainment with these homemade cocktail hot dogs, wrapped in perfectly puffed crescent roll dough. Flavored with a butter garlic topping, these crescent roll mini hot dogs will be gone in no time. So make sure you have extra on hand just in case.
These cocktail franks are perfect for any sporting event, any gathering of friends, or as we do in my house, a fun Friiday night appetizer dinner!
My love for pigs in a blanket is what inspired this appetizer, and you can easily pair this dish with a delicious cocktail like a citrus spritz (link), a blood orange margarita (link), or skip the booze and make this appetizer prior to serving the best chicken thigh recipe (link).
This appetizer is a low-ingredient recipe, as you'll only need 4, maybe 5 ingredients:
- Crescent Roll Dough: You'll cut each pre-cut triangle into smaller triangles, which yields way more mini hot dog bites
- Cocktail Franks: The whole reason this recipe exists!
- Garlic: For the topping on the hot dogs
- Butter: To add a golden brown bake
- Basil: This is optional for on top of the mini hot dogs
See the recipe card below for more information about quantities.
Directions are very straightforward! You'll be devouring these babies in no time
Start by preheating the oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Open the canisters of crescent dough, and slice each of the crescent triangles into smaller triangles. Each of the pull-apart crescent rolls should yield 6 smaller triangles. Set aside.
Pat dry the mini cocktail franks and begin placing the hot dogs ¾ of the way down of each smaller triangle. Roll inward to wrap the hot dog in the crescent roll dough. Place on the baking sheet and repeat these steps until all of the hot dogs are used. If there's crescent dough left over, feel free to freeze or use as desired.
In a microwave-safe dish, melt the butter then add in the minced garlic. Spoon a little of the garlic butter mixture on top of each of the mini hot dogs and top with fresh basil. Bake for 15 minutes.
HINT: Be generous with the garlic butter topping as you want the hot dogs to have a ton of flavor, so be sure to spread the garlic butter around really well.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
This recipe is excellent written as is, but here are some substitutions or swaps as recommendations to this recipe:
- Crescent Dough - if you want to use biscuit dough, you can absolutely do that here instead of crescent dough.
- Garlic Butter - if you'd rather sprinkle salt on top of the mini hot dogs, feel free to do so, instead of using the garlic butter.
- Hot dogs - cut a few larger hot dogs into smaller pieces if you cannot find cocktail franks.
While there are not many variations for this particular recipe, here are some serving suggestions:
- Wreath - make a wreath with the hot dogs in a large circle with mustard or ketchup in the center as the dip
- Football - shape the hot dogs in a football formation and serve with your favorite dipping sauces.
- Platter - not into making a fancy design? Throw the hot dogs on a platter and call it day!
- Appe-dinner - we love appetizers for dinner, so serve these up with my potato skins (link) or my spinach dip recipe (link) and you've got a complete dinner made out of apps!
Kitchen Equipment and Tools
You don't need much to make this recipe, which is always a great feeling not to have a million different gadgets and equipment going at once. You will need:
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Sharp Knife: to cut the crescent dough into triangles
- Basting Brush: to brush the garlic butter mixture on top of the cocktail franks
How do I store this recipe? Can I freeze this?
You can place any leftovers into a tightly sealed tupperware and consume up to four days after initially baking them. If you want to freeze them, add them to a ziplock bag, getting as much air out of the bag as possible, then labeling them the date they were baked. You can reheat them at 300º for 10-15 minutes.
Seal the crescent rolls with a little butter to ensure they don't come undone as they bake.
Hungry for More?
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Crescent Roll Mini Hot Dogs
- 1 sheet pan
- 1 piece of parchment paper
- 1 sharp knife
- 1 basting brush
- 2 cans crescent roll dough
- 1 pkg cocktail franks pat dried
- 4 tablespoon butter melted
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- basil optional
- Preheat the oven to 375º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Open the canisters of crescent dough, and slice each of the crescent triangles into smaller triangles. Each of the pull-apart crescent rolls should yield 6 smaller triangles. Set aside.
- Pat dry the mini cocktail franks and begin placing the hot dogs ¾ of the way down of each smaller triangle.Roll inward to wrap the hot dog in the crescent roll dough.
- Place on the baking sheet and repeat these steps until all of the hot dogs are used. If there's crescent dough left over, feel free to freeze or use as desired.
- In a microwave-safe dish, melt the butter then add in the minced garlic. Spoon a little of the garlic butter mixture on top of each of the mini hot dogs and top with fresh basil.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
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