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If you're looking for a reason to celebrate this week, July 23 is National Hot Dog Day. You can head to your favorite hot dog stand or visit Sonic for their $1 All-American and Chili Cheese Coney Dogs.

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If you're in the Columbus area, head downtown to Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace to enjoy all beef, vegan and vegetarian hot dogs served your way.

According to my oldest grandson, hot dogs are the best meal there is. Stay home for National Hot Dog Day and let Pillsbury help you make these tasty hot dogs for lunch or dinner.

Bacon Wrapped Crescent Dogs

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet or Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 hot dogs
8 slices packaged precooked bacon (from 2.1- or 2.52-oz package)

Unroll dough; cut lengthwise into 8 even strips. If using dinner rolls, separate dough into 8 triangles.

To make each crescent dog, twist 1 bacon slice around 1 strip of dough.

Wrap twisted bacon and dough evenly around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake about 12 minutes or until puffed and light golden brown. Serve warm with ketchup, mustard and any of your favorite toppings or dips. Serve your dogs with Sriracha sauce instead of ketchup for a spicy kick.

Crescent Dogs on a Stick

8 hot dogs
4 slices (3/4 oz each) American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 wooden corn dog sticks

Heat oven to 375 F. Slit hot dogs to within 1/2 inch of ends; insert 3 strips of cheese into each slit.

Separate dough into triangles. Wrap dough triangle around each hot dog. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, cheese side up.

Bake at 375 F. for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Insert 1 stick in each crescent dog.

Substitution: If using Pillsbury Big & Flaky large refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, use large hot dogs and bake at 350 F. for 16 to 20 minutes.

Grilled Crescent Dogs

8 hot dogs
4 slices (3/4 oz each) American cheese, each cut into 6 strips
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Heat gas or charcoal grill for indirect cooking over medium heat. Slit hot dogs to within 1/2 inch of ends. Insert 3 strips of cheese into each slit.

Separate dough into 8 triangles. Wrap 1 dough triangle around each hot dog. Place crescent dogs on double thickness of heavy-duty foil sprayed with cooking spray, about 2 inches apart. Place foil on grill over indirect heat; cover. Cook 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Mini Crescent Dogs

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
48 cocktail-size smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)

Heat oven to 375 F. Unroll both cans of the dough; separate into 16 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

Place sausage on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up each, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Cheesy Crescent Underdogs

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 cup chive-and-onion cream cheese spread
24 pimiento-stuffed green olives, halved
48 cocktail-sized smoked link sausages or hot dogs (from two 14-oz packages)

Heat oven to 375 F. Separate each can of crescent dough into 8 triangles. Cut each triangle lengthwise into 3 narrow triangles.

Place 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese on shortest side of each triangle; top with olive half and 1 sausage. Roll up, starting at shortest side of each triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on 2 ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, switching position of cookie sheets halfway through baking. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Pickled jalapeƱo pepper or black olive slices are both flavorful options for the green olive.

Whatever your favorite hot dog toppings are, enjoy National Hot Dog Day by making your own at home with these recipes from Pillsbury.

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