Witches Brooms are a fun and quick snack, appetizer, or lunch for the kids. They’re fun to make and fun to eat.
Yeah, I know this isn’t what you were thinking with Witches Brooms. I didn’t want to do the standard cheese string thing. And I definitely didn’t want to do the mini Reece’s thing. I wanted mine to stand out and be different.
And, well, I think I did just that!
I started researching some ideas a few weeks ago. I stumbled on some interesting ideas. One of them included that shredded phyllo dough. And, if I could find that on my regular grocery run, I might have made those. But, I don’t.
Then I thought about shredding some pepperoni or salami and fasten that to the pretzel sticks. And I still might do that, but not this year. Maybe for next year. The seed has been planted for that idea and I think I could easily pull it off.
The bell peppers were cute. You could use some of the roasted peppers or peppadew peppers for those. They would make for a cute and delicious appetizer for a Halloween party. Bell pepper brooms would go well with the cheese brooms, too.
But I kept remember the hot dog octopus with the spaghetti in it. Or even just the octopus hot dogs with the “legs” all sliced off the hot dog that curls up in the water when you cook them. I thought, “If I slice little pieces will it still spread out like that?”
Yes. Yes it does!
The first batch I tried I cut the hot dogs in half. Which would be fine for a lunch, but these are snacks or appetizers. They needed to be a little smaller than that. Cut into thirds it is! Which means you really have to be careful with how you cut the broom pieces.
I grabbed my kitchen scissors and cut 2/3 the way down the bottom of the hot dog and right in half. Then those halves turned into 4 strips. As you can see in the photos. That makes 8 broom pieces per hot dog. If that makes sense.
I wanted to pay some homage to the original cheese brooms, so I tried to add some shredded cheese pieces to these hot dog brooms. It probably would have been easier if I hadn’t blanched the green onions pieces. It made them slimy and not easy to work with. Don’t do this. Just use the green onion pieces as is t fasten the cheese bits to the hot dog pieces.
The cheese ones are fun to eat, but a bit of a pain to make. That’s why they’re optional. I placed the green onion on my work surface and placed the cheese strings on top. The put the hot dog on there and wrapped the cheese and onion around the hot dog. There was a bit of a learning curve to get it to work, but once I did, I was easily able to put a few together.
This is something you could have the kids help with! Once the hot dogs are cool enough to handle, they could wrap them with the green onions. The kids could shred the cheese (might want to double the amount they get because, well, snacking) and wrap it around the hot dog. A fun project for the family.
Not to mention how much fun the family will have eating them!
Imaging coming to the table for lunch during a distance learning day with a plate of these fun finger foods! Dip them in ketchup, mustard, cheese sauce, or just eat them straight up like I did. The pretzel sticks are in there to stay so they’re easily dippable.
And you can make three brooms out of each hot dog. That’s plenty for your kids as a snack or lunch. And you can use any hot dog you want. These are beef hot dogs, of course, but you can use other types of hot dogs and I’m sure you will achieve the same results.
How cute is that?
The sticks, the green onions, the hot dog broom. These are the cutest hot dog snacks I’ve made and seen in a log time. And these witches brooms are super simple to whip up, too! You cut hot dogs and boil them until hot. It’s not necessary to put the cheese strings on there. You don’t have to put the green onion ties on there. It could be hot dogs and pretzel sticks. Voila!
That’s a plate of fun for Halloween. This big kid was totally giggling when I pulled them out of the water and saw how the brooms shaped with the hot dogs. I put the pretzel sticks in and the biggest smile spread across my face! That went away as I was trying to put the cheese pieces on the first time, but after figuring it out I had such fun making these treats. And I know you and your kids will, too.
- 2 hot dogs
- 6 pretzel sticks
- 1 to 2 green onions tops
- 1 string cheese stick (optional)
- Cut each hot dog into 3 pieces.
- Using your scissors or kitchen shears, cut the lower half of the hot dogs in half and then cut each half into 3 to 4 strips being careful not to cut all the way through the hot dog.
- Bring a small sauce pan of water to a boil. Add the hot dogs and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through.
- Drain the hot dogs and cool until cool enough to handle.
- If using the string cheese, peel the string cheese into pieces and cut to the size of the hot dog pieces.
- Wrap strips of the green onion tops around the hot dog brooms and tie. If using the string cheese, wrap the pieces of string cheese around the hot dogs and then tie with strips of green onion.
- Stick each broom with one pretzel stick before serving.
Nutrition InformationYield 3 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 352Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 26mgSodium 1037mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 12g
Really? 352 calories for 2/3 of a hot dog and a pretzel stick? And maybe some cheese strings? Yeah. Okay.
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