Crescent Roll Hot Dogs, Coming in Hot
Brent and I made a life-changing choice this spring. It wasn't easy. It wasn't something we decided lightly. We'd been talking about it for awhile (I always brought it up, Brent not as excited about it) and we finally decided to just do it. We bit the bullet. We bought an air-fryer.
I admit it, I may have been peer pressured. Nearly every other post I see on Instagram seems to be made via an air-fryer. You're telling me I can actually have crispy French fries at home? Toasty homemade bagels that aren't slightly doughy? Roasted cauliflower that even Brent gets excited about?! I'ma need to see (and taste) this for myself.
I'd been holding off on one for two reasons: cost and size. I didn't want something expensive, since I didn't know if I'd even like using it. I didn't want something massive that would take up a ton of space and be a pain in the ass to clean. When I saw a friend post a picture of what looked like a coffee maker on her feed with the caption something along the lines of "I did it! I'm one of those people who air fries now!" I was more than a little intrigued.
Full disclosure: it doesn't look anything like a coffee maker. In my defense, I don't drink coffee, and I assume all complicated appliances are somehow coffee related. Upon further inspection, I saw this wasn't that big and not at all fancy. The best part? It was $30 at Best Buy. Brent and I were brunching at a place not far from a Best Buy that afternoon. It seemed the stars had aligned to get us this air-fryer.
One of the best things about the air-fryer is that it makes leftovers fun again. Can we all agree that there's nothing sadder than leftover French fries? In an effort to avoid the soggy, greasy mess they become when you try to reheat them, Brent and I always just stuff our faces and avoid leftovers. This works as long as you're fine with wearing strech pants and hoodies, but it's almost May and I've gotta at least try to fit back into my summer clothes. When you put leftover fries in the air-fryer, the results are insanely delicious.
Chicken at home is usually "meh," if I'm being honest. The crock-pot and the oven get the job done, no one's arguing that. But I made chicken in the air-fryer that would put crock-pot chicken to shame. It was crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and laughably easy.
I made everything bagel bites stuffed with cream cheese that cooked in less than ten minutes. I should have let them cool for ten minutes (like the recipe advised) so Brent and I could have enjoyed them instead of scalding our mouths, but YOLO (is that still a thing?)
If you don't have an air-fryer, it's worth looking into. Especially now that we're headed into warmer weather and it doesn't heat up your whole kitchen like the oven does. Quick, crispy food that isn't seasoned with your dripping sweat is never a bad thing.
If you have an air-fryer, I'd highly suggest making hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls for your next meal. I feel silly calling this a recipe, since it's just two ingredients wrapped around each other, but I'll outline it below. I don't think I'll ever make boring old hot dogs again.
Crescent Roll Hot Dogs
1 package crescent rolls
6 hot dogs
Ketchup/mustard/condiments of choice
Ketchup/mustard/condiments of choice
-Preheat air-fryer to 400 F (no matter what I make, I always heat the air-fryer to 400 F, lolz)
-Open crescent rolls and cut into thin strips. Wrap the strips around the hot dogs, leaving some hot dog exposed. Don't double-up on the crescent roll strips, you don't want them to be too thick or they won't cook evenly (throw whatever leftover dough you have in the air-fryer while you're waiting for your hot dogs to cool and have tiny baby crescent rolls).
-Place wrapped hot dogs in air-fryer and cook for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through.
-Decorate with ketchup and mustard eyes. Have a ridiculous amount of fun eating a children's meal that will be the best thing you eat all week.