These race car hot dogs are SO cute and super easy to make. Perfect for a Cars party, a cute kid’s lunch, or a backyard family barbecue.
NEED A GRILL PAN?
This Lodge grill pan is perfect for easily grilling your hot dogs indoors!
HOW TO MAKE RACE CAR HOT DOGS
I’m so excited about these adorable race car hot dogs! My kids are really into the Cars movie, and love all things race car. In fact, my son just told me last night that his little stuffed doggie is named “Dog Hudson”. I love his sense of humor!
As I was making hot dogs for lunch last week, I realized that with a little imagination, it would be easy to turn those hot dogs into race cars with vegetable wheels, and ketchup and mustard racing stripes.
It was SO simple!
You just need 4 cucumber slices and 4 cherry tomato halves for wheels on each car. You can assemble all the wheels on toothpicks while the hot dogs are cooking, then poke them in when you’re ready to eat.
Or, even better, let your kids attach their own wheels to their race car hot dogs. They’ll love it!
You’ll also need a cherry tomato with a piece of cucumber inside it for the race car driver in his helmet. You could use a toothpick to attach it if you’ll be transporting your race car hot dogs, but we just set ours on top.
HEALTHY RACE CAR HOT DOGS
I love that with these race car hot dogs, my kids are getting their veggies as part of the meal, instead of having to come up with a veggie side dish.
But veggies aren’t the only thing to make these race car hot dogs healthier. We also used organic preservative free beef hot dogs from Applegate. And this isn’t even a sponsored post, I just love their hot dogs!
Not only are they free from the various preservatives and fillers found in most hot dogs, they also have less sodium and more protein.
While the buns we used are gluten free buns, you can also choose to use 100% whole grain buns, which then gets your kiddos more fiber in their meal as well. A complete meal in one race car hot dog!
PIN TO SAVE RACE CAR HOT DOGS FOR LATER:
- 4 hot dogs
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 1 English cucumber
- 4 hot dog buns
- ketchup and mustard
- Cook your hot dogs however you prefer. We like ours grilled outside, or on a grill pan if we are staying indoors.
- While your hot dogs are cooking, slice 8 cherry tomatoes in half, and cut 16 circles from the cucumber. Make the circles 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick.
- Poke a toothpick through each cucumber circle and cap it off with a tomato half.
- Cut a wedge out of the remaining 4 cherry tomatoes and insert a chunk of cucumber to look like the driver's face in a helmet.
- Place cooked hot dogs into their buns, and poke 4 wheels into each one. Squeeze a stripe of ketchup and mustard onto each hot dog, and top with a tomato cucumber head.
Nutrition facts are estimated using Applegate organic beef hot dogs, and Open Nature whole grain white buns.
Serving Size:4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 564.25mgCarbohydrates: 32.3gFiber: 4.6gSugar: 11.89gProtein: 12.68g
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