Mad dogs were my favorite kid food, and they're fun to make. Good quality hot dogs are slit open, stuffed with cheese, and wrapped with a slice of bacon. They're great with or without a bun, and you can try them with ketchup, mustard and onions.

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Using a knife, make a slit along the entire length of the hot dog that's about 3/4 of the way through the hot dog. Break the cheese slice into 2 pieces and stuff each piece into the slit in the dog. Wrap the bacon slice around the hot dog in a spiral fashion, then secure all with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet or baking dish.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 11 to 15 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.

Nutrition Facts

478.5 calories; protein 19g 38% DV; carbohydrates 1.5g 1% DV; fat 44g 68% DV; cholesterol 92.8mg 31% DV; sodium 1106.3mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2005
Great recipe! Brought back old memories for me, also. I am the chef & Aunt in a busy household with my brother, his wife and their 5 kids. I mention that because my sister-in-law wasn't too fond of the "Mad Dog" idea because of the high fat content. So, we compromised: Regular hotdogs, reduced fat cheese and (preheated) turkey bacon. They cooked up nicely with a lot less grease. **Here's my twist on it though: I wrapped them in cresent rolls before baking, as my mother used to do. We then used our condiments as a dipping sauce rather then a topping. (I wrapped mine with chopped onions inside) :-) The kids definatly loved to help make & eat these (as did my brother) & we'll make them again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2003
I loved these with the bacon removed AFTER baking its juices in. If you LOVE hot dogs try this recipe! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2005
Great recipe! Brought back old memories for me, also. I am the chef & Aunt in a busy household with my brother, his wife and their 5 kids. I mention that because my sister-in-law wasn't too fond of the "Mad Dog" idea because of the high fat content. So, we compromised: Regular hotdogs, reduced fat cheese and (preheated) turkey bacon. They cooked up nicely with a lot less grease. **Here's my twist on it though: I wrapped them in cresent rolls before baking, as my mother used to do. We then used our condiments as a dipping sauce rather then a topping. (I wrapped mine with chopped onions inside) :-) The kids definatly loved to help make & eat these (as did my brother) & we'll make them again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/06/2008
I made these for a 4th of July cookout and they were a huge hit! I used beef hot dogs and american cheese. I also used pre-cooked bacon. Instead of wrapping and securing the bacon, I just placed a strip on top of each dog while baking. Served with catsup, mustard and finely chopped onions. Yum yum - I'm a convert now - it'll be hard doing back to eating plain old hot dogs now. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/14/2003
i like this recipe so did my neice, the only thing was that the bacon didn't get cripsy like i thought. It could be because i used thicker bacon, maybe next will use regular bacon. I did put it under the broiler for a few minutes and that did help but not to my moms liking but she likes her bacon really crispy. Diffinitely will do this again. thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2004
We had these when I was a kid too, but we called them Swanky Frankies. I loved the suggestion about pre-cooking the bacon. Nothing can gross a kid out quicker than undercooked bacon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2011
This was a childhood treat that my wife and I decided to splurge with. We pre-cooked the bacon a bit, and it came out of the oven crispy and delicious. Add a trail of mustdard down the slit with the cheese, and it just about reaches perfection. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2004
Nice change from plain old hot dogs. Quick and easy too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2004
I grew up with these too! We called them,pigs in a blanket! The only thing we did different, was to add a squirt of ketchup or mustard into slits with the cheese and wrapped with bacon. Then we broiled them, rotating as they browned. They are a little messy when cooking,but flavor is great! Thanks Jerrol for bringing this memory back to me!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2003
This was a wonderful,delicious recipe.My kids like hot dogs but I get tired of them.They went nuts over it and I wont cook a plain old hot dog again.KELLI Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/04/2003
I loved these with the bacon removed AFTER baking its juices in. If you LOVE hot dogs try this recipe! Read More
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