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Jumbo Pretzel Dogs

The following recipe was created in collaboration with Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry

Hot dogs aren’t just for grilling, they’re also great for air frying. These incredibly easy air fryer pretzel dogs are a new spin on the classic “pigs in a blanket” that taste just as good, if not better, than the original.

Air Fryer Jumbo Pretzel Dogs

They’re perfect for a fast dinner, outdoor appetizer or summer snack for hungry kiddos! Paired with my homemade green chili mustard dip, there’s simply no taste bud you won’t please.

Air Fryer Jumbo Pretzel Dogs
Jumbo Pretzel Dogs
Cook time:
7min
Prep time:
15min
Total time:
22min

Servings:
6 Pretzel Dogs

Ingredients

For the Pretzel Dogs

  • 6 Eisenberg Gourmet Beef Franks
  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda
  • Heinen’s avocado oil spray

Optional Toppings

  • Course sea salt
  • Heinen’s everything bagel seasoning
  • Heinen's cinnamon sugar

For the Green Chili Mustard Cheese Dip

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. garlic paste
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 oz. diced green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chives, for garnish

Instructions

For Air Fried Pretzel Dogs

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough triangle into ropes that are twice the size of the hot dog. If you like more dough on your dog, roll two dough triangles into one log.
  2. Starting at one end of the hot dog, wrap the dough around the entire length, rolling the hot dog as you go. Gently pinch the dough at each end to adhere the dough to the hot dog.
  3. Heat a pot of water on the stove with 1/3 cup of baking soda. Add the baking soda to the water before it comes to a boil. Drop each dough-wrapped hot dog into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. This will help the pretzel achieve a deep gold color.
  4. Once removed form the water, sprinkle the dough-wrapped hot dogs with salt, Heinen’s everything bagel seasoning or cinnamon sugar.
  5. Spray the basket of an air fryer with Heinen’s avocado oil. Place three pretzel dogs into the basket, giving them enough room for the dough to expand slightly without touching each other. Air fry for 4-5 minutes at 390˚F, or until lightly brown on top. Flip halfway through.
  6. Serve with Green Chili Mustard Cheese Dip (see below) or any cheese sauce of your choice.

For Baked Pretzel Dogs

  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough triangle into ropes that are twice the size of the hot dog. If you like more dough on your dog, roll two dough triangles into one log.
  2. Starting at one end of the hot dog, wrap the dough around the entire length, rolling the hot dog as you go. Gently pinch the dough at each end to adhere the dough to the hot dog.
  3. Heat a pot of water on the stove with 1/3 cup of baking soda. Add the baking soda to the water before it comes to a boil. Drop each dough-wrapped hot dog into the boiling water for 20-30 seconds. This will help the pretzel achieve a deep gold color.
  4. Once removed form the water, sprinkle the dough-wrapped hot dogs with salt, Heinen’s everything bagel seasoning or cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake in the oven at 425˚F for 20-30 minutes until the dough is cooked through and golden brown on top.

For the Green Chili Mustard Cheese Dip

  1. In a medium-size skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the garlic and mustard and stir.
  3. Cook the butter and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to make a paste. Cook for 1-2 more minutes, then whisk in the milk.
  4. Add the green chilies (with the juice), salt and cumin. Let it come to a boil, whisking frequently, until thickened. If too thick, whisk in more milk.
  5. Turn the heat down to low and add the cheese. Stir until smooth and garnish with chives.

Air Fryer Jumbo Pretzel Dogs

 

The Bite Size Pantry, Lauren Schulte
By Lauren Schulte
Well hello there, I’m Lauren and I love food! Keeping meals simple, satisfying and accessible to all is the main purpose behind my cooking, but I always add a touch of creativity and uniqueness.I’m a family-taught cook and food is one of my greatest passion in life, but I suppose there is a little more to me than just food. I am a fur-mama to two wonderful rescue pups, Herbie and Nelly and our cat Grayson, who are all part of The Bite Size Pantry household. They love to be with me in the kitchen and they make the cleanup process a whole lot easier. Thanks to the wonderful internet world I’ve been able to pursue my dream of cooking. Sometimes it seems like a lot, but I just love food and I really love sharing that love with others who love it too.

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