Pretzel Dogs

I’m just going to say it, it is nothing to be ashamed of. I love me some hot dogs. Specifically, Vienna beef hot dogs. Chicago is known for their hot dogs. When we have friends visiting from out of town we take them out for Chicago hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago pizza. If there are three things Chicago does right, it is hot dogs, Italian beef, and pizza. Gourmet we are not.

I’d like to give you a little education about hot dogs. My Dad used to own 2 hot dog stands in the Chicago area called Jerry’s Place, so I feel I am qualified. First of all, a Chicago hot dog comes with mustard, onion, sport peppers, relish, tomato, pickle and celery salt served on a poppy seed bun. Note that I did not say ketchup. One time I literally got yelled at for asking for ketchup with my fries at a local hot dog stand. The whole place was laughing at me. It seems they take this “no ketchup” thing pretty seriously. So seriously, they do not even have ketchup. Don’t be like me; don’t ask for ketchup at a hot dog stand known for their authentic hot dogs. You will never be able to eat a double dog with fries again without hearing the laughter in your head. The second thing is: there are more hot dog stands in Chicago then there are McDonald’s, Burger Kings, and Wendy’s combined. Find that hard to believe? So do I, so don’t quote me on it. But I did watch a special about hot dogs on channel 11 once and I do remember them saying that. Granted, that was probably in 1988. I told you, I love me some hot dogs.

Ok, so all that stuff I just told you about hot dogs. Fuhgeddaboudit. (In addition to watching documentaries about hot dogs, I also watch a lot of the Godfather.) We broke all the rules when we made these pretzel dogs. No poppy seed bun. Our condiment of choice: zesty nacho cheese sauce from a can. Chicago dog? No. Delicious? Yes. I’ve loved hot dogs all my life. I have just recently become obsessed with pretzels. Seriously, pretzel bread? That is some good stuff. If you enjoy the hot dog as much as I do you must, must, must make these pretzel dogs.

Here is what you'll need

Combine the sugar and water

Add the yeast

Add the flour, salt, and melted butter. Begin mixing.

Once the dough has risen divide it into 8 or 16 pieces

Cut the hot dogs in half

Roll the dough into ropes

Wrap the hot dogs with the pretzel dough

Place the hot dogs into the water/baking soda mixture. Remove once puffy and floating.

Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 20 minutes

Serve with mustard, nacho cheese sauce or even, gasp, ketchup!