Pretty much all kids love hot dogs, am I right?! During the summer, they become one of my favorites as well. From hot dogs at the ballpark to crispy ones on the grill, they’re kind of an American classic. Well, if you are looking to surprise your toddler (and family) I’ve got a recipe that will totally up the ante on the hot dog game: Pretzel Dogs! What could be better than a hot dog, wrapped in a homemade, salty pretzel? Not a lot, really. Make sure to add this to your summer bucket list! They’ll please a crowd, I’m sure of it! Click for the recipe…They might seem difficult to make, but I promise they are not. They are a tad time consuming, but any beginner cook can pull these babies off. I promise!
1 and 1/2 C warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
4 and 1/2 C flour
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp melted butter
6 big hot dogs, halved
Lots of water
1 C baking soda
1 large egg
Crunchy salt & pepper for topping
Mustard and ketchup for dipping
In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine warm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and let it sit for 5 minutes. Add flour, salt, and melted butter. With the bread dough hook attached, mix on low speed until mixture comes together. Move to medium speed and let mix for 4 minutes, or until the dough forms into a nice, shiny ball.
Spray the sides of the bowl with cooking spray, sprinkle dough with flour, and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise, about 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, cut your dogs in half, fill a large stock pot with water and the cup of baking soda, beat your egg, line a large baking sheet with parchment, and spray parchment with cooking spray.
When the dough has risen, preheat your oven to 425 and bring the water/baking soda mix to a boil. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and cut into 12 equal pieces. One at a time, wrap your hots dogs. To do this, take a piece of dough and roll it into a snake. Starting at one end of your hot dogs, coil the dough around. Use your fingers to pinch the dough together on each end.
When your water is boiling, add your pretzel dogs one at a time. Let them boil for 30 seconds each. Then, with a slotted spoon, remove them the water and place them on your parchment lined baking sheet. Once all of your dogs have boiled, use a pastry brush to coat them all in the eggwash. Sprinkle with crunchy salt and pepper. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the pretzel dogs are nicely browned.
Eat them right away! If you have leftovers, they freeze nicely. Individually wrap them in foil and place in a plastic bag. When you are ready to eat, take the frozen, foil-wrapped dogs and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated through.