The Recipe: For a fun treat for kids (maybe) and grown-ups (for sure), hollow out soft pretzel sticks from Trader Joe's and stuff 'em with hot dogs. A great make-ahead, on-the-run sandwich for parties, tailgaters, campers, hunters.
So trust me, never in the world did I think that Kitchen Parade needed a hot dog recipe. Because, you know, who needs help cooking hot dogs? or tips for tossing them into buns? (Okay one thing, chopped onion is amazing on hot dogs!)
Truth be told, I thought four boys, ages five to nine, would gobble them up – but NOT. Those sneaky little guys pulled the hot dogs out of the pretzel buns and ate them plain! Oh well ...
But the big kids aka adults, ages not-sayin' to not sayin', loved them!
So forget the kids, feed 'em hot dogs and save the Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dogs for everyone else. They'd be perfect for tailgating, a Halloween party, family movie night, in a few weeks, during football playoff and Superbowl parties. I even sent a big bagful to Colorado for a gang of elk hunters.
FUN PRETZEL ROLL HOT DOGS
Time to table: 5 minutes
Makes 2 hot dogs, easily multiplied
- 1 Trader Joe's Soft Pretzel Stick
- 2 Trader Joe's All Natural Uncured All Beef Hot Dogs
PRETZEL ROLL Cut a thin slice off each end. With a grapefruit knife, a paring knife or something similar, hollow out the center of the pretzel roll, reserving the centers for another purpose or discarding. Cut the pretzel roll in half crosswise.
HOT DOGS Meanwhile, cook the hot dogs in a skillet. When they're cool enough to handle, stuff into the pretzel roll, you might need to hollow out the pretzel roll a little more. Dig in!
TO WARM IN OVEN Collect in a baking dish, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to serve. Set oven to 350F/175C, warm until hot dogs are hot, about 45 minutes. This took way longer than I guessed, be sure to allow enough time.
TO WARM IN MICROWAVE To heat individually, heat each Fun Pretzel Roll Hot Dog in the microwave for 30 seconds, careful, they get hot fast-fast-fast!
TO FREEZE & WARM OVER A CAMPFIRE Wrap individually in a double layer of foil and refrigerate or even freeze. Set on a rack over hot coals until warm.
An Assembly Line Helps!
It's easier than you might think to hollow out the soft pretzel rolls. When my dad's cousin and his wife visited a couple of weeks ago, I put them to work! Thanks Mel and Mardellya!
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