Sunday, January 17, 2016

Simple Homemade Pretzel Dogs

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A hot dog baked right inside a soft beer pretzel makes these the tastiest and easiest homemade pretzel dogs you will ever eat!  Ready in just 35 minutes you can enjoy these any night.  They are a great make ahead recipe and they freeze well too.  Just thaw and pop them in a 350°F oven until warm, about 5-8 minutes.

We have waited long enough.  I know y'all are still freezing up north, but it is beautiful here in Arizona and all I want is grillin' food, you know the old school kind...  burgers and dogs!  So, Chad wanted a burger on a pretzel bun and I wanted a hot dog.  Here is the ultimate compromise.  Although I still didn't take the cover off my grill.

These simple pretzel dogs are so much tastier that anything you can buy pre-made and my 4 year old and I had so much fun making them!  You don't even need a mixer.  I used beer in the pretzel dough to give it a little punch of flavor and oh boy, its spectacular!

You can use organic, all beef, nitrate free, sausages, or whatever makes you happy.  I am going to make these in mini size next time which will make for the perfect appetizer.

If you would like suggestions on alternatives see the cook's note at the bottom of the recipe.  Either way, you and your family are going to go nuts over these!

Enjoy!

With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Jalapeño Popper Cheesy Pretzel Bombs  are a soft and chewy pretzel poppers stuffed with ooey gooey cheese, crispy bacon and spicy jalapeños.  This scrumptious recipe is like nothing you have ever eaten before.

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Outrageously Cheesy Stuffed Pretzel Bombs are the perfect bite size appetizer to impress your guests.  Pretzel bites are loaded with cheddar cheese and baked to perfection.  All of this comes together in under an hour.

http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2014/03/soft-pretzel-bites-recipe.html
A soft and tender pretzel with the most subtle sweetness is the recipe you have been dreaming of.  Even better, they are ready in just 30 minutes.  Quick and easy you can make these Best Ever Soft Pretzel Bites with or without a mixer!

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Soft Pretzel Dog

MAKES 8  |  ACTIVE TIME 22 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 35 Minutes

2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
12 ounces warmed beer (110°-120°F)* see notes
2 tablespoons honey
3¼ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup baking soda
1 large egg
coarse salt (or pretzel salt)
8 hot dogs

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Pour beer into the bowl of a stand mixer (see cooks note if you do not have a stand mixer), sprinkle yeast over top, add honey and stir.  Allow yeast to bloom for 5-10 minutes.  Once it is nice and foamy, it is ready.

Fill an 8 quart pot with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  In a small bowl beat egg and 2 tablespoons water with a fork.  Set aside.  Wash a section of counter top for rolling out dough.  Do not flour it or it will be harder to roll out the dough.

Add flour and salt to mixer.  Knead for about 3 minutes until the dough comes together in one ball.  Add more flour a tablespoon at a time as needed, if bread is too sticky to come together.  Dough should be tacky when you pull it out of the mixer, not sticky.

Place dough on counter top and form dough into a ball.

We are going to cut this ball into 8 (somewhat) even pieces.  First quarter the ball of dough.  Then cut each quarter in half.  Roll each piece into a 12” strand.

Place end of dough strand on the end of the hot dog pinching the end together, and then wrap it around the dog until all of the dough is wrapped around the dog.  Pinch the ends so they stay together.

Carefully, add baking soda to boiling water.  USE CAUTION:  IT WILL BUBBLE UP.  Place hot dogs into boiling water about 3 at a time.  Remove with a slotted spoon after 30 seconds.  Place on parchment paper to cool and repeat until all hot dogs have been boiled.

Arrange all pretzel dogs on parchment so they are not touching.  Brush egg wash onto each one and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until the tops are browned.

Enjoy!

COOKS NOTE:  You can mix the dough by hand if you do not have a stand mixer.  Add beer, yeast and honey to a large bowl.  Once the yeast blooms stir in the salt and the flour.  Mix with a spoon.  Turn dough out onto floured counter top and knead for 3-5 minutes until dough is no longer sticky.  Proceed with remaining instructions.

I microwaved the beer in a glass microwave safe measuring cup, 15 seconds at a time until it was 110-120 degrees.

You can substitute milk or water for the beer.

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Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
Copyright ©2014 The Slow Roasted Italian – All rights reserved.

Originally published April 8, 2014

58 comments:

  1. What a clever idea, I bet this is a great combination. love it!

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  2. I am drooling - absolutely drooling over these! I would be the most popular girl on my street if I shared these. They look amazing, and beautiful, and completely perfect!

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  3. You boil the dough WITH the hot dog?

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  4. just realized I don't have buns for tonight, gonna make these instead. Thanks for posting, dinner looks even better now!

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  5. I'd like to know if you've ever made these and frozen them? Can they be frozen successfully and reheated? Thanks!

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    1. I believe so; under the first picture up top it says "They are a great make ahead recipe and they freeze well too. Just thaw and pop them in a 350°F oven until warm, about 5-8 minutes."

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    2. I hope this doesn't end up showing up twice... my computer is acting up... but up top under the first picture it says "They are a great make ahead recipe and they freeze well too. Just thaw and pop them in a 350°F oven until warm, about 5-8 minutes." :) HTH

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    3. look right under the pic! =) "Ready in just 35 minutes you can enjoy these any night. They are a great make ahead recipe and they freeze well too". thaw, and heat 5-8 minutes in a 350 degree oven...

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  6. Those look like something my kids would actually eat...they love soft pretzels, and they love hotdogs...so I think I am going to give this a try sometime

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  7. If only I could make them gluten free!

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    1. Melanie, I would try Cup4Cup GF Flour. I have not tried it, but a professional baker friend of mine swears by it. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  8. What can you substitute for the beer?

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  9. so you put the hot dog with the pretzel dough around it into boiling water?? That seems so strange!

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    1. Traditional soft pretzels are boiled before baking :-)

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  10. Just made these and they are D-Lish! I could get in trouble eating these. I'm going to have to use a lot of restraint to not just eat them all right now. :)

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    1. I think the baking soda is to much?



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    2. The baking soda goes in the water to boil the pretzel dogs.

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  11. Really tasty! Made them with the beer and the flavor is delicious and not "beery". There's a fine line between "Sticky" and "Tacky".... added close to another 1/2 cup of flour at 1 TBS at a time... Plus the baking soda REALLY bubbles up!!!! Volcano of evil spewing all over the stove. Perhaps a gentle sprinkle of the baking soda instead of a dumping motion :) Of course there's no accounting for taste as 1 kid only ate the dog and the other only the pretzel. Hubby and I ate several each!
    This is a great plain pretzel recipe as well ~ fast with no rising time = good for me!

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  12. I make these for tailgating, road trips and whenever people ask me too. Everyone loves them. I do have a problem with the dogs sticking to the wax paper. I end up cutting the bottom off, even when I spray before hand. So I don't use you wax paper. Regardless, you can never go wrong with this.

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    1. That is awesome. Sticking and oven/heat safe is a great reason to use parchment. You should try it. It works perfectly. Enjoy!

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  13. This sounds great! Have you tried them with cheese?

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  14. This sounds great! Have you made them with cheese?

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  15. What can i substitute for beer please, coz i cant have beer

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    1. I used warm water and it worked great :)

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  16. What kind of beer do you suggest? An IPA? Porter? Ale?

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    1. Whatever you have on hand. I use Blue Moon. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

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  17. ½ cup baking soda is way to much had to put 1/2 tablespoon instead

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    1. I was thinking the same thing!

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    2. The baking soda goes into the boiling water, not the dough. Something tells me this is to help brown the pretzel dough. Pro pretzel makers actually use a small amount of lye for browning.
      If I'm not about the purpose of baking soda, I hope someone will correct me.

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    3. Dang, I fell victim to the baking soda thing. Mine came out nasty. Maybe for
      people like me on the ingredients list write do not put in mixture. Water only. Save someone's dinner. I'll try this recipe again the right way soon.

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  18. Just made these tonight, oh my goodness, these are so chewy and soft! I used warm water and instant yeast and they worked beautifully. Thanks for sharing!!

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  19. H. I just made these too and the pretzel turned out bitter and have a sour taste to it. What could've gone wrong?

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    1. Did you add the baking soda to the water or the dough mixture? What type of beer did you use? There should be no bitterness to the pretzel whatsoever. They are actually a tiny bit sweet.

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  20. Can I make the dough earlier in the day and then refrigerate it until dinner time?

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  21. Can I make the dough earlier in the day and refrigerate until dinner time?

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    1. I have not tried it. Worst case they would be risen and much fluffier. Let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

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  22. What can I replace the beer with if possible?

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    1. You can substitute milk or water for the beer. Enjoy and let us know how it goes!

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  23. My husband LOVES this recipe! Super easy and super quick, along with great flavor. Try using different beers for changing up the flavor.

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  24. Is 1/2 CUP of baking soda right? I've never seen a recipe that calls for that much baking soda.

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    1. The baking soda goes into the water to boil the pretzels dogs for 30 seconds. It is NOT added to the dough mixture. It is the boiling in the water/baking soda bath that gives pretzels their taste. Without the baking soda, they would be bagels.

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  25. do u have to warm the milk or water to 110-120 degrees also if you use them instead of beer?

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    1. yes it needs to be warm for the yeast

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  26. Wow.. this looks really nice. It is a great idea to add beer, so special. Definitely, I like to try wrapping bacon, ham or even with bell pepper and cheeses. :)

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  27. I just made these. Amazing!

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  28. These are a great, made them for the kids for lunch. (Honestly did not want to go to the store for rolls) They assisted and they want them again. Thank you. This is a great activity to involve children you are right and they enjoy it.

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  29. Mine puffed up a LOT, which surprised me, since there was no rise time. Definitely got to wrap some cheese in with the next batch, thanks!

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  30. To freeze them, should I bath and freeze, or the baking soda bath must be right before baking? So I would bath it frozen, and bake right away..
    Thank you!!

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  31. Thank you for such clear directions. I can't sit to try this love pretzel ANYTHING. lol. Will try your other pretzel recipes as well.

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  32. Made these with the kids last night. They had a blast helping me roll out the dough and wrapping the dogs. Super easy to make and delicious. Made a double batch for my large family (6 kids) and only had 1 left. Keeper! Thanks for the recipe.

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  33. I used water instead of beer. They were wonderful. Husband and kids loved. Will make again. Thank you!

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  34. Any tips to make these just as pretzels? Thanks!

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  35. Just tried these. Not sure what happened but it was a MAJOR fail :'(
    I have a very upset little girl. Used my stand mixer and followed the directions to a t. The dough was SO sticky, even after adding almost an extra half pound of flour, that it literally pulled the grout out of our countertop.

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  36. I made these tonight and they were so good! I was really surprised at how easy they were to make. I thought they'd be a much bigger production. This one is definitely going into rotation.

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