Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pillsbury Pretzel Pups - should have been a contender

This is the recipe I submitted to this year's Pillsbury Bake-Off. I went to the mall and tasted one of those pretzel-wrapped hot dogs, but they cost almost $5 apiece. Outrageous!  I used Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf for the pretzel dough component. You can make all 8 hot dogs for around $10. I'm still sad that it wasn't a contender  :(     I hope you enjoy having these at home. They're perfect for dinner or watching football on TV.

Pillsbury Pretzel Pups

Pretzel Pup Ingredients:
1-11 ounce can Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf
1-16  ounce package jumbo hot dogs
1-8 ounce block Pepper Jack cheese (can substitute cheddar, etc)
1 egg white
3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt or kosher salt
cooking spray

Pretzel Pup Honey Mustard:
1/2 cup mayo or light mayo
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the hot water and baking soda. Set bowl aside to allow it to come to room temperature.

Place the opened Crusty French dough on a large cutting board. Look for the seam on the dough. Unroll the Crusty French dough horizontally. Cut into eight equal length strips.
Spray a large baking sheet with the cooking spray. Butterfly the hot dogs. Cut the Pepper Jack cheese into 8 equal length strips. Place a cheese stick in the opened hot dog. Wrap a single strip of the Crusty French dough around the hot dog containing cheese in a spiral fashion. Place the wrapped hot dog on the baking sheet. Repeat the process for the remaining seven hot dogs, spacing them evenly on the baking sheet.

Add the egg white to the cooled water/baking soda mixture and mix well. Using a pastry brush, coat the top of each wrapped hot dog with the egg white mixture. Sprinkle an equal amount of coarse salt on each pretzel wrapped hot dog.

Bake the Pretzel Pups for 14-17 minutes until browned. While the Pretzel Pups are baking, mix the 4 ingredients for the honey mustard. Cover and refrigerate the honey mustard until serving time.

Makes 8 pretzel-wrapped hot dogs.

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