Monday, March 25, 2024

Homemade Pretzel Dogs


Homemade Pretzel Dogs

I don’t eat hot dogs that often but when I do, I like to go all out and treat myself to one of these incredible homemade Pretzel Dogs! A fantastic recipe that is simple to make using frozen or fresh pizza dough at the grocery store. A wonderful buttery dough is wrapped around my favorite good quality hot dogs makes these out of this world delicious and freezer friendly.

Homemade Pretzel Dogs

Sprinkling of flour 
12 oz pizza dough, thawed before using
4 hot dogs 
5 cups water 
¼ cup baking soda 
1 egg yolk, beaten with a tablespoon water
coarse sea salt, to taste 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and brush with the vegetable oil.

Dust the surface with flour, and cut the pizza dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough out until it’s a 12-inch rope. 


Don’t worry if the dough retracts and shrinks a little. Take the rolled out dough and wrap it around a hot dog in a spiraling motion, leaving room for dogs to peek out on the ends.  Press the ends of the dough together to hold in place.

In a pot, combine the baking soda with the water and bring it to a boil. Place the pretzels, one at a time, into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a lined baking sheet.

Brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with a little salt,  you can always add more after baking.



Bake until deep golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving. Remove from oven and sprinkle on more salt if desired.

If you want a garlic butter crust:

2 tablespoons butter, melted 
2 cloves garlic, minced 

Eliminate the egg wash and combine melted butter and minced garlic and brush on top of each pretzel dog before baking.


Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

 1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons grained Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pretzels, for dipping


In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, honey, mustard and lemon juice together until combined. Serve at room temperature or chilled with pretzels for dipping.


NOTE:  If you're freezing the pretzels, do not brush the tops with anything. Do not salt.  Bake the pretzel dogs until just lightly browned and cool completely. Place them into the freezer on the cookie sheet for 1 hour to harden. Remove from the cookie sheet and place in a freezer safe bag and freeze until ready to use. 

To prepare from frozen, brush the frozen pretzels with egg wash or garlic butter and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until warmed through and golden brown.


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