chili cheese dog fondue

IMG_2527[1].JPGThis was a huge hit with my son.  He loved the crescent dogs, he loved the chili cheese dip and he loved dipping the dogs into the dip.  What’s not to like?  I made this with him in mind. Really, it’s all about balancing the healthy with the occasional treats. My kids have never liked fast food.  They’re also strange creatures who don’t like potatoes all that much. Who doesn’t like potatoes?! They don’t like them baked or mashed, nor do they like hash browns or FRIES. They’ll eat fries but often they’ll skip ordering fries when we eat out.

Last summer, my kitchen was out of commission for almost 3 months due to a leak that caused major damage to our floors and cabinets.  We ate out almost the entire time and by the end, my kids were acting like they were being TORTURED.  They had to buy school lunches every day and sometimes we had access to the microwave and sometimes we had access to the stove top but it was sporadic at best. That’s when I realized that cooking meals 5-6 times a week really had an impact on how my kids eat and what they eat. Every night the whole family would chug water after eating out.  There’s so much sodium in restaurants and fast foods! They’d even ask to have cereal for dinner just to avoid having to eating out.  Also, not having a sink HUGELY impacts how and what I can cook (easily).

We learned a lot of lessons during that time with the biggest one being – don’t take home cooked meals for granted!  I still bring up those times to the kids once in a while and they groan when they remember.  What a privileged life, to be picky about the foods we eat and how much of it to eat.  I point this out to the kids to remind them that we live in a place where the food seems never-ending and the choices are limitless while other places do not have these luxuries. Back to the chili cheese dog fondue…I cook a lot at home but that doesn’t mean I always cook super healthy, balanced meals. As my husband tells the kids, even if we eat something “junky” at home, it’s still probably not as “junky” if we ate the same food out. We all acknowledge this around the table, that though it’s not a typical family meal, it’s a meal that is fun.  And so we dipped and shared and enjoyed our quick weeknight meal together, with hardly any dishes (win!).  Have fun!

Chili Cheese Dog Fondue
 recipe from Fake Ginger

Ingredients

2 cans crescent rolls
1 (16 ounce) package Lil Smokies
1 pound Velveeta
2 (15 ounce) cans chili without beans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll one can of crescent rolls and separate into 8 pieces according to perforations. Take each piece and cut into 3 smaller pieces. Roll a Lil Smokie in each piece and set on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining Lil Smokies. (You’ll have crescent rolls left over. Bake them and have a snack!)
  3. Bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. While the Lil Smokies are baking, melt Velveeta and chili together in a fondue pot or a saucepan over very low heat. Stir frequently until all the Velveeta is melted.
  5. Serve hot fondue with the warm Lil Smokies.

My note:  Use whatever sausage you have – hot dog, smokies, polish sausage, smoked sausage!  As you can tell from my pictures I had smoked sausage so I cut them in thirds or so and wrapped them.  I also kept the crescent dogs whole and didn’t bother cutting the dough smaller like #2 because I didn’t use lil smokies!  It’s flexible 🙂

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