I know what you’re thinking. You just can’t handle the gourmet dish I’ve got for you today. It’s too much, I know. I understand if you are intimidated and have to leave.
But yes, your eyes do not deceive you – those are soft pretzels wrapped around hot dogs. And I have to say, they were pretty delicious. But what’s not delicious with soft, chewy, salty dough wrapped around it? If you’re looking for a way to spice up those hot dogs that I know you have on your 4th of July menu, try these! I guarantee they’ll be eaten up before you even know what’s happening.
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 package dry active yeast
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
- 10 cups water
- ⅔ cup baking soda
- 1 large egg yolk (beaten with 1 tablespoon water)
- Pretzel salt (or kosher salt, for topping)
- 8 hot dogs
- Combine the warm water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, until the yeast is foamy and begins to smell of yeast.
- Add the flour and butter to the yeast mixture. Attach the dough hook to the stand mixer and, on medium-low speed, combine the mixture until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and appears shiny, roughly 4 to 5 minutes.
- Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray (or lightly grease with vegetable oil) and place dough in greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Place bowl in a warm area and let dough rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large pot, bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a roiling boil.
- Place the dough on a greased surface, and divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope, roughly 12 inches long. Carefully wrap each piece around a half hot dog. Pinch the ends together to seal the dough.
- Boil the shaped pretzels and pretzel dogs, one at a time, in the baking soda water for 30 seconds each. Using a slotted spatula, remove each pretzel dog from the water and place it on a drying rack to allow any extra baking soda mixture to drip off.
- Place the boiled pretzel dogs back on a parchment lined baking sheets.
- Brush with beaten egg yolk and sprinkle with pretzel or kosher salt.
- Bake until golden brown, roughly 14 to 15 minutes. Transfer pretzel dogs to a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving. Serve with a variety of mustards.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 5925mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g
I make these about once a month with chicken sausages instead of hot dog, my family LOVES them!
Just made the Pretzel dough and letting it rise, “Excited!” Turtle66 :)
Well if yeast is your mortal enemy in the baking world like it is mine…use the already prepared French Loaf in the can (with the refrigerator biscuits). I rolled it out, cut to size and used turkey smoked sausage and cheese. Did everything else the same as this recipe though…turned out great, and I didn’t have to fight with dough.
Those look great! I am going to try them soon.
How would you make this work if you don’t have a mixer with a dough hook? Also have you tried to spray bottle method yet, and if so how did it turn out? Would you recommend it over boiling for a beginner?
You can do it by hand. I don’t have a mixer either (I think I’m the only food blogger out there without one! ha!) so I just knead everything by hand no matter what the recipe says. If you need me to point you in the direction of some kneading tutorials, let me know. I haven’t tried the spray bottle method but I’m sure it would work fine and it would be so much easier than boiling. Let me know if you try it! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)
thanks! i will be making these tonight as a “trial run”, and will also reserve a few to bake them later, like I would for the party.
If I wanted to make these ahead of time for a kids party, has anyone tried competing all the the steps except the baking part, and then putting these pretzel dogs on a baking sheet and then in a fridge before baking ?
I haven’t tried it but I think it would work as long as you pulled them out of the fridge an hour or 2 before baking (depending on how warm your house is) since the dough will deflate a little in the fridge.
Nevermind gourmet. My husband definitely wouldn’t object to eating these for dinner!
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I’m typically not a hot-dog girl, but I ordered some Auntie Anne’s pretzel dogs from a school fundraiser, and they were really good! Never occurred to me that they could be made at home! (and I made your peanut butter chocolate cupcakes last weekend….YUM!!!)
This sounds so good! I’ve never tried making pretzels and creating a wrap for hot dogs? Brilliant. I’ll be bookmarking these for future good times. Yum.
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memories of having these from Costco after school just flooded through me…yours look fantastic!
Oh, man, those are a thing of beauty!!
These look amazing! If it wasn’t 9 p.m. I would have gotten up and made these right now. /sigh
Thanks for the eye candy though. Yum! I’m bookmarking these for later.
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Oh wow, these look so good! I would have never thought to put the two together, what a great idea! :) There’s a kind of a chinese version of this bun that’s served at yum cha…only it’s steamed and uses a chinese sausage in the middle :)
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these are really cute, i think I may give them a try this next week. I just bought some organic hot dogs too!
What a great idea! I’ll have to remember those the next time I have to throw a kid’s party, I bet all the kids would love that!
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Cool! I made something very similar the other day but have yet to blog about it. Your pretzel dogs look too cute!!