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Is anyone still looking for a fun dish to bring to a super bowl party? Do you want to impress the heck out of other guests? Then make these pretzel dogs…seriously. As “bread” making goes, this pretzel recipe is pretty basic and simple, but results in awesome pretzels with perfectly soft and chewy texture.

The mustard cheese sauce is also a big winner here. It’s creamy and luscious and perfectly paired together with the pretzel dogs. You can also make bite sized ones and call them Pretzel Pigs in a Blanket…or whatever…you get the idea. :) Enjoy! xx, Jenny

pigs_in_a_Blanket hot_Dogs pretzel_dogs_recipe pretzel_dogs_cheese_sauce Today we have a recipe I am so excited about. Another one for game day, or just any day. Pretzel dogs. WITH, WITH! A mustard-cheese dipping sauce. Oh yea! The king of all hot dog situations. YES. This is a favorite for sure. The mustard cheese dipping sauce is perfection, and the pretzel dough is also just perfect, not too dense, with a nice crust. Yum. This is such a more fun / prettier / yummier take on traditional grilled or whatever hot dogs for game day. The pretzel portion of the recipe is actually from our new book The Perfect Egg. Eggs may not generally find their way into pretzels, but we added one into our recipe because we love how it lightens the overall texture. If you have yet to pre order, please do! We worked so dang hard on this book and we are so in love with it.

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Pretzel Dogs with a Whole Grain Mustard Cheese Sauce
Makes 10


10 hot dogs
1 cup lukewarm water (110˚F)
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small chunks and softened
1 teaspoon salt
41/4 to 4 1/2 cups bread flour
6 cups water
51/2 tablespoons baking soda

1 egg, lightly beaten with 11/2 tablespoons water, for egg wash
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons coarse sea salt

Mustard-Cheese Sauce:
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. Stir together the water and sugar in a large bowl. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the top and let stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy
2. Stir the egg, butter and salt into the proofed yeast. Then stir in the 41/4 cups of the 1 cup at a time, continuing to stir until the dough comes together in a rough mass.
3. Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out onto it. Knead the dough, adding more flour as needed to prevent dough from sticking to the surface, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth, soft, and elastic.
4. Shape the dough into a ball.and place into a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a clean, damp towel and place in a warm area until dough doubled in size, about 1 hour.
5. Preheat oven to 400˚F.Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
6. Punch the dough to release the air and cut the dough into 10 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time, roll the dough into a rope 12-16 inches long, then wrap the rope around a hot dog, leaving a 1/2 inch on each end exposed, and pinch the dough on each end to seal.
7. Combine the water and baking soda in a deep stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. One at a time, dip the pretzel-dogs into the boiling water for about 30 seconds, then carefully return them to the baking sheets.
8. Generously brush the pretzels with the egg wash and sprinkle with the black sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and sea salt. Bake the pretzel-dogs for 16 to 18 minutes, until they are golden brown. Transfer the pretzels to a wire rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
9. Cheese sauce: Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add flour and whisk together for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and continue to whisk for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture is smooth. Add mustard and cheese and whisk together until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with pretzel dogs.

  1. Lauren Not Specified Not Specified

    Omg, the boyfriend is going to LOVE these! I think I have my Superbowl treat now!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Lol, he totally will. Mine ate two in a row, then i had to go to the store the next day for ingredients to make more! :)

  2. jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    How much flour do you add to the butter for the cheese sauce?

  3. Jennifer Not Specified Not Specified

    oops. amount of flour is not listed for cheese sauce, only mentioned in method. I would guess 2 T, but it’s just a guess. sounds very tasty, I will be trying it soon.

  4. Millie | Add A Little Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks so delicious – I love the sound of adding egg to the pretzel! tasty!

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  6. Lauren Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so good! I have a major weakness for hotdogs. Whenever I find a reasonably healthy version, I jump at the opportunity to make some sort of dinner out of them. I have been on a major pretzel making kick lately. I can’t wait to give these a shot, it just screams spring!

  7. stacey Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks amazing! If I want to make this into pigs in a blanket, how will that affect cook time/recipe? Thanks so much!

  8. connie Not Specified Not Specified

    looks yum!! How long should you let it rise for the first time?

  9. Stine Marie Tamaroglio Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks very very delicious – will be my “kitchen intertainment” tonight! :)
    Just one question: does the dough have to rest/rise after the kneading?

  10. bev @ bevcooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Thiiiiiis has me all weak.

  11. Jacqui Not Specified Not Specified

    These sound amazing! I really wish I had some now.

  12. Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious Not Specified Not Specified

    One of our friends is relatively gutsy in what they try to cook while camping. They tried to make these on a skewer with Pillsbury dough and of course they came out too doughy and burnt on the outside. I’m guessing if we had those at home, they wouldn’t have tasted as delicious as they were that night :)

  13. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence Not Specified Not Specified

    Yummm. I like how you added egg to the pretzel dough. And mustard in the cheese sauce? Right on! I could see myself enjoying these pretzel dogs with a Pilsner and good tv. :)

  14. Koren Not Specified Not Specified

    Made these last night. They were amazing! We used smoked sausages as they have a bit more substance than a hot dog, and the texture of the pretzel was a perfect match. We’ll be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  16. Sue Bradley Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, These look great! I just wanted to mention that you might want to add the ingredient “Hot Dogs” to the recipe and printed recipe. We were just making the grocery list for these and realized it wasn’t there. Thanks and can’t wait to try them!

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  19. Denny Felizzi Not Specified Not Specified

    Only 2 tbs of milk? Doesn’t seem like enough.

  20. Nadia Not Specified Not Specified

    You do not need football to enjoy these. I am going to make them with merguez.

  21. Rae Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi! If I don’t have bread flour, will all-purpose flour do?

  22. Bella B Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh wow this looks so yummy! I would eat them all if all made them!!

  23. Brigette Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this for dinner tonight and they turned out beautifully. It was a significantly easier pretzel dough recipe than the one I had been using previously, with better and softer results. Wonderful.

  24. Food Mumbai Not Specified Not Specified

    Pretzel Dogs are just looking like pattice… Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe…
    Best wishes from Food Mumbai Blog

  25. Ral Not Specified Not Specified

    Any tips for freezing and reheating? Thinking about making a batch and freezing them after the boiling step. When ready to heat again, brushing with egg wash and adding toppings. Would you recommend fully thawing or how much time to cook from frozen?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Nope, I would stick them in the oven completely frozen and just make sure to bake them for a longer amount of time!

  26. Mogie Not Specified Not Specified

    I found it easier to add the sesame seeds, poppy seeds and dehydrated onion on the inside before putting into the water to boil.

  27. Mogie Not Specified Not Specified

    On re-heating frozen ones just take them out of the freezer about an hour before you are ready to eat. Then microwave them on defrost for a couple of minutes.

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