At a family gathering back before backyard gatherings in California were banned, my brother-in-law cooked up some Pretzel Hot Dogs as a change from the usual grilled hot dogs. They came in a giant box from Costco – enough Pretzel Dogs to feed a small country. They were good, but the dog to pretzel ratio was off – too much pretzel, not enough dog.
One afternoon recently I was watching an episode of Pioneer Woman and she was making Pretzel Dogs using frozen dinner rolls, a pot of water with baking soda and an oven. What I loved about the show was that she had boiled the dogs, but forgotten to put the baking soda in the water first. I love it when “pros” make a mistake and own it. God knows I’ve had my share of blunders in the kitchen.
My attempt at Pretzel Dogs for a Wild Card Wednesday was one of them, although it wasn’t the biggest mistake ever made. What I did wrong was to use Costco All-Beef Dinner Franks. These things are huge. I do mean huge. One look at the dog and I knew the recipe needed to be adjusted – one frozen Parker House Dinner Roll per hot dog wasn’t going to do it. Using 2 rolls presented another problem – you were suppose to create a bread “rope”and then coil it around the dog. First there was the issue of getting two rolls to stick together in one rope, and second was to coil anything around a hot dog that big.
After a great deal of frustration and failed attempts, I went with a long, flat “biscuit” that when folded over encased the dog. Even then, it took some stretching and pinching and a great deal of cursing. Finally, the dogs were ready. Water boiling, baking soda bubbling, my dogs took the plunge. The recipe said to remove with a slotted spoon. I’ve got a lot of spoons, but none large enough to fetch that giant dog from the rolling water. So I improvised with a large slotted Fish Spatula. Hey, whatever works, right? Everything else when according to plan – egg wash, sprinkling of salt and a quick bake in a hot oven.
While mine might not be as pretty as the coil-wrapped Pretzel Dogs, my guys loved them. And I guess that’s really what counts when it’s all said and done.
Giant Dinner Roll Pretzel Dogs
2 frozen Dinner Rolls per Hot Dog
1 Hot Dog per Person
Water as needed
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 large Egg
1 teaspoon Water
Coarse Salt as needed
Mustard for dipping
Ketchup for dipping
Thaw dinner rolls according to package directions. Keep cold until ready to use.
Fill a pot large enough to hold the hot dogs flat with enough water to submerge the dogs. Bring water to a full boil. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
Press two thawed rolls together to create one ball. Roll ball out flat to twice the length of the hot dog. Place the hot dog in the center of the roll. Wrap dough around hot dog, pinching seams together to close completely. Repeat with each hot dogs, set aside.
Add the baking soda to the boiling water. Working in batches, drop the pretzel dog into the boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, rolling dog gently with a wooden spoon. Remove dog using a spatula or slotted spoon, taking care not to tear the pretzel wrap. Place boiled dogs on a rack over paper towels and let cool slightly.
In a small bowl, beat egg with water to create an egg wash. Brush pretzel dogs with egg wash, sprinkle generously with coarse salt.
Transfer to prepared sheet pan and place in the heated oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until pretzel wraps are a deep golden brown.
Serve with desired condiments for dipping and enjoy. Great with a side of fries.