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I used to think that saving money by seasonal shopping was grocery shopping at farmer’s markets in the summer, buying pumpkins in the fall, and not something I could not do the six months out of the year where nothing grows locally during the winter.   It wasn’t until I wrote a monthly What Goes On Sale and What to Buy on Clearance series that I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong.   I learned that almost everything from food to household goods to cars has a time of the year where it goes on sale because: There is a seasonal abundance (like fresh produce) The store has some of  last season's stock left in storage and wants to make room for the current season There is on end of season clearance to make room for next season’s goods on the store shelves There is a sale due to a celebrating an industry month (such as National Craft Month, National Camping Month, national holidays,etc.) There is a mega

Easy Pretzel Hot Dog Recipe

Whenever I serve hot dogs at a party I always run out of hot dog buns. Why is the hot dog to bun package ratio never the same?

Last weekend I headed off a potential hot dog bun shortage by making soft pretzel dogs. No buns required.

I normally don’t go for meals in a box but in this case it’s my party and I don’t want to spend all if it in the kitchen if I have to. I skipped making bread maker soft pretzel dough and used an Auntie Anne's At Home Baking Kit (affiliate link) The Balancing Act asked me to try out as a member of The Balancing Act Blogger Community.

Since I've already made regular soft pretzels, I decided to make something slightly different with the pretzel kit. I used it to make the dough for the soft pretzel dogs instead.


  • To keep the hot dogs from drying out during baking I slipped them into hot tap water while I rolled and cut the dough into one inch strips.

Strippy!

  • I wrapped the dough strips around the hot dogs.

Husband insisted we wrap some cheese filled smoke sausage with pretzel dough 
in addition to the nitrate free hot dogs and veggies dogs we served.

  • I did a quick dip pf the wrapped dogs into a bowl of baking soda dissolved in hot water instead of the traditional dunk in boiling baking soda and water my bread maker recipe requires With the Auntie Annes Baking Kit, the nieces and nephews can help me in the kitchen. And they did. It's one of my super sneaky ways to get the picky eater nephews to eat my meals. They are more likely to try what they help cook. *evil mad scientist laugh*
  • Then I baked the pretzel dogs for five minutes. I pulled them out of the oven, gave the baking sheet a turn and baked them for another five minutes. The shorter than the twenty-five minute bread maker pretzel baking time makes the Auntie Annes Baking Kit my new BFF.

 Yummy!
 
The light fluffy pretzel hot dogs won raves from the vegetarian kid (I made veggie dogs for her), the picky eater kids, the not so picky eater kids, and the biggest kid of all, my husband.
I get to keep my title of World’s Most Fabulous Aunt for one more summer.

Booyah!

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Comments

Mike Golch said…
That sounds good to me!
We will have to do this! The kiddos will love it!

Stop by and link up at http://www.extremepersonalmeasures.com/2011/08/whats-your-favorite-cookbook.html
for What’s Cooking Wednesday!
Lisa said…
Love this idea! I also love those pretzel kits. I bought them a few times and they're so good. I wish I knew they're secret ingredients!
Unknown said…
These look like a great kid-friendly and party-friendly food! Thanks for linking up to Friday Potluck!
I cannot walk past an auntie anne's without purchasing a pretzel dog, but now I can make my own! Yum! Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. I hope you will party again tomorrow!
Adrianne Surian said…
I love pretzels dogs! I think these would make an excellent game snack. :) I would love it if you would share this post at Freestyle Friday at Happy Hour Projects.

Hope to see you there ~ Adrianne
www.happyhourprojects.com
Spike said…
I am follower nr 300 :-)

Pretzel dogs? I'm in. Perfect for any ocasion. Thanks for sharing. Great blog.