Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Twisted Dogs

I am a huge dog lover.  I have always had dogs.  Currently we have a mutt named Bentley who is almost 4 years old and a rambunctious Boxer named Cooper who is almost 2 years old.  Bentley is pretty calm, except when he's trying to protect us by barking at the fence.  I trust that, if there is an intruder, Bentley will swiftly take care of them for us.  He is a very loyal dog, but he is socially awkward, as in he tries to get as close to you as he can and will lay on your face if he can get there.

Cooper, on the other hand, is always busy.  He eats everything in sight, leaves, trash, bugs, rocks (yes, he eats rocks).  He is very talkative and extremely entertaining.  He chases the light from flashlights and likes it when the light on the AC is lit up.  He "kills" his toys by violently shaking them from side to side at warp speed.  And he thinks he's a lap dog...a 65-pound lap dog.  While he may not be the smartest dog on the block (or even the city, poor thing), he is a sweet and loving dog.

Anywho, this post is really about dogs as in hot dogs.  Pretzel Dogs, to be exact.  I kind of came up with this on a whim, but I'm sure glad I did.  These were awesome!  I don't normally eat hot dogs very often, but I do enjoy them every now and again.  And don't be afraid of working with yeast.  This recipe is really easy and doesn't take all that long.  I even made a Jalapeno Cheese Sauce to dip them in.  You're welcome.

2 packages highly active yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 C warm water 110 to 115 degrees
4 1/2 C flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 T vegetable oil
1/2 C baking soda

8 hot dogs
Pretzel salt or coarse salt

1/4 C flour
1/4 C butter
2 C half & half
2-4 T chopped jalapenos
1 to 1 1/2 C shredded Pepper Jack cheese (or Monterey Jack)
2 teaspoons garlic
Salt & pepper, to taste

Put the yeast, 1 1/4 C warm water, and sugar in the bowl of a mixer.  Let it sit for about five minutes until it become frothy. Add in the flour, salt, and vegetable oil.  Knead with the dough hook until it forms a ball.  If it's too dry, then add in the other 1/4 C warm water.  The dough shouldn't be sticky.  Put it in a large greased bowl and let it rise for one hour.  

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small pot and whisk in the flour.  Whisk in the half and half and continue cooking until thickened.  Stir in the jalapenos, garlic, and salt and pepper. Turn the heat off and add the cheese in by handfuls, whisking until smooth before adding more cheese, and add the cheese until it's the desired consistency.  Keep warm.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  When the dough has risen, roll it out to about a 1/4 inch thick rectangle.  Cut the rectangle into 8 strips.  Twist or wrap the strips around each hot dog.  Let them rise while you wait for a large pot of water to boil.  Sprinkle some cornmeal on a sheet pan.  Add the baking soda to the boiling water.  Drop one hot dog at a time in the boiling water and cook for about 30-45 seconds, flipping it over in the water halfway through. Lay the dogs on the sheet pan and sprinkle with desired pretzel salt or coarse salt.  Bake them for about 12-14 minutes or until the tops are browned and the dough is done through.  Serve with the cheese sauce or mustard.


  1. A happy good morning to you Mrs. Wright!! And may you have a good Month of May. In Europe May 1 is the equivalent of your "Labor Day" (first Monday of September). It is a public holiday. Cinco de Mayo is coming soon for you especially in Texas. I understand you live in West Texas where exactly. I have many friends in the oilfield from Texas. I love your two dogs especially Cooper. We had Max for 17 years but lost him due to old age. He was Pekingese most adorable. You are lucky yours are still young. Problems begin after 12. We don't have the courage to get another one. Back to my question: why do you dip the hot dogs with the dough wrapped around them first in boiling water before baking them. And 2, is it ok if I just use strips of ready made puff pastry instead? Lovely finger food for parties. I loved your Barbacoa post. should try it sometime.Cheers.

    1. Dogs are great, and I have always had them around. It is hard to lose them. I've lost several over the years. As to your question, I cooked the hot dogs in the water for two reasons: First to plump up the hot dog. Secondly, I don't think you could get the hot dog in the dough once it's been boiled because it expands. Also, that's a good question about puff pastry. I'm not sure what it would do in the boiling water. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it works out. Enjoy!