When it comes to quick meals, it's hard to beat a delicious hot dog. The right bun, frank, and condiments can make for a perfect snack. Pair it with a bag of potato chips or some potato salad, and you've got an excellent meal.
And breadsticks? Who doesn't love those? Many a meal has been ruined in the pursuit of consuming as many as one possibly can. Buttery, garlic goodness paired with soft dough might just be the best compliment to any dish.
They're both tasty on their own, right? But what might happen if you combined the two? That's what one creative denizen of the internet must have been thinking when they united two of the tastiest treats in all of fast food: hot dogs and Olive Garden breadsticks.
Wait! Before you recoil in disgust, hold on a moment. You're going to want to be a bit open-minded here. These easy bread-and-meat combos are the perfect 30-second snack and combine two tastes you never knew you wanted together. Best of all, you don't need to look far for the ingredients! Here's how you can make the viral Olive Garden hot dogs you may have seen floating around online as of late.
How To Make Olive Garden Hot Dogs
- 1 bag of Olive Garden breadsticks
- 1 package of your favorite hot dogs
- Your favorite condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, whatever you want!)
This ingenious recipe comes from the mind of Imgur user roxisasewingmachine, and it's a quick and easy way to either use up leftover Olive Garden breadsticks (they tend to send a ton with takeout orders) or a simple way for you to use up a package of hot dogs. Sometimes you want something a little more interesting than store-bought buns to dress up the dogs, right? I knew I had to try this twist on a classic, so I waited patiently at a packed Olive Garden to bring home my coveted bounty before trying out this weird but wonderful fad.
Seriously, it was a Friday night and barely one seat in the house, but my BFF and I were on a mission to grab dinner and take-home breadsticks to bring this cuisine to life. So I grabbed a bag of the golden Italian bread logs, positively dripping with garlic and butter, and took them home. I only needed 8, but I got 12. If you don't want to go to Olive Garden, you could use any breadsticks, really. Maybe from a restaurant that delivers, because waiting in line killed my soul a little bit.
I picked up a package of Hebrew National Beef Franks to go with the breadsticks, because they taste fantastic (the closest thing to 7-11 hot dogs I've found) and they seemed long and thin enough to make stuffing them into breadsticks a bit less frustrating.
When I got home with my piping hot bag of breadsticks, they weren't so piping hot anymore. No matter. Since the breadsticks were starting to get a bit dense and less fluffy, I popped them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to revitalize them, and then grabbed a knife. I sliced the breadstick right down the middle. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, because the breadsticks I received were thin and fragile, but at the same time difficult to cut. The idea was to make a "pouch" instead of cutting the stick in half like a hot dog bun. I managed to do so, but it wasn't the most attractive look.
I opened the pack of Hebrew National hot dogs and inserted a single uncooked dog. As I had suspected, it didn't really fit snugly into the bread slice. It fit well enough to be able to eat it though, so I popped the entire Frankenstein-like food creation into the microwave and heated it for 30 more seconds. Your mileage may vary, of course.
With the steaming hot dog and even softer breadstick bun, I had something resembling the viral hot dog on my hands. I just couldn't get the hot dog to fit comfortably within the breadstick as it was supposed to do. Choosing a different hot dog will likely be the situation for most, but I think my creation worked out just the same.
I grabbed some yellow mustard and drizzled enough on to make the hot dog look like I just grabbed it from a New York street corner, and finally it was time to dig in. The verdict? Absolutely out of this world. There's little that garlic or butter can't fix, and that combination, with the cold tang of yellow mustard, created a cacophony of flavor in my mouth I couldn't get enough of. This, my friends, was truly elevating the regular hot dog to the next level.
So if you're looking for a way to try something tasty but low-effort, consider the Olive Garden breadstick (or any other breadstick) dog. But be careful. You may just stumble upon a unique taste that you'll never be able to get enough of.