These Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dogs are wrapped in soft pretzel dough and covered with shredded cheese. Talk about a tasty way to bake up a hot dog!
I have a confession to make. I put cheese on my hot dogs. I know that’s not very common at all, but I just love cheese. I also love hot dogs. So there ya have it. Cheese on a hot dog. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
A good grilled hot dog is hard to beat, and during the summer months, we grill hot dogs on a regular basis. I recently stumbled across a Harris Poll survey that found grilling is indeed America’s favorite way of cooking hot dogs (63%). However, I raised at an eyebrow at the 12% who steam hot dogs and the 9% who prefer the microwave over the grill. Another 8% prefer to pan-fry their hot dogs. I mean a microwave is nice and easy…but using a microwave to cook hot dogs? I’ll stick with my grill!
Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dogs
Now as much as I love my grill, I went a bit off script with these Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dogs. Using an oven to bake these hot dogs puts me squarely into that 8% ‘other’ category above. I’m ok with that. After all, you’ve got hot dogs wrapped in a soft pretzel and covered with shredded cheddar cheese. Add in some good mustard for dipping, and you’ve got one heck of a fun meal!
Have you ever made soft pretzels at home? If you answered no, then I challenge you to make a batch. I know baking with yeast can be scary, but pretzels are truthfully one of the easiest yeasted recipes to make. The dough doesn’t need to rise as long as other bread doughs, and the pretzels don’t need to bake as long as other breads (just 12 minutes).
Time for a quick science lesson! Don’t skip out on the baking soda bath before you toss those pretzels in the hot oven. The baking soda bath might seem a little strange, but there’s actually some science going on while those pretzels soak in the bathtub. The baking soda bath increases the pH level on the outside of the dough. This in turn leads to nice golden brown color once those pretzels go into a hot oven. Without that baking soda bath, you essentially have a breadstick instead of a pretzel. See? There’s science in everything…even pretzels!
If you’re looking for a fun way to mix things up, try your hand at these Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dogs. They’re great for game nights with friends or just a quiet Netflix night on the couch. Enjoy!
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Cheddar Pretzel Hot Dogs
For the Dough
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ Tbsp brown sugar
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
- ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
For the Soaker
- 2 cups boiling water
- ¼ cup baking soda
For the Pretzel Dogs
- 8 hotdogs
- ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
- coarse salt
- mustard for serving
- Using a countertop mixer, combine all of the dough ingredients (flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast, warm water and shredded cheese). Mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
- Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm location for 30 minutes. (Note: I usually just put the covered bowl in the oven with the oven light on.)
- Meanwhile, prepare the Soaker by combining the boiling water with the baking soda. Mix until baking soda is fully dissolved, and set aside to cool.
- Divide dough into (8) equal pieces; roll each piece of dough into a 20-22” rope.
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Starting with one end of a hot dog, wrap dough around hot dog.
- Place pretzel dogs in the Soaker mixture for 2 minutes (spoon water over the top of the pretzel if it is not fully covered by the water). Transfer the pretzels to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt, and allow the pretzels to rest for 10 minutes uncovered. (Tip: Spray the parchment paper with non-stick spray first. This will help keep the pretzels from sticking to the paper.)
- Sprinkle tops of pretzel dogs with shredded cheese.
- Bake at 450°F for 10-12 minutes, or until pretzel dogs are golden brown in color.
- Remove pretzel dogs from oven and brush with melted butter.
- Serve with mustard for dipping.