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Football season is almost here — I’m looking forward to fun evenings hosting home-gating parties! It’s so much fun getting friends and family together. For me, the food is as important as the game! One dish I’m looking forward to preparing is a mini pretzel dog recipe with a pimento cheese dip.
The pretzel dogs are amazing when dipped in the warm and flavorful cheese dip and served with icy glasses of Coca-Cola®! I treated my family to these pretzel hot dog bites and pimento cheese sauce with cold glasses of Coca-Cola® last week, and they loved it.
Easy Party Prep
I enjoy hosting get-togethers with family and friends, but I don’t enjoy food shopping! I’ve discovered that using Walmart’s online grocery pickup can make getting everything I need for hosting a party so much easier. I was able to order the supplies I needed for my mini pretzel dogs and pimento cheese dip by going to Walmart’s grocery site. I also ordered a 24 pack of Coca-Cola®, which goes perfectly with the mini pretzel dogs and pimento cheese dip.
What’s great about ordering groceries online at Walmart is that I can put my order together at any time (like when watching TV at night with my family), and set up a convenient pickup time at my local Walmart. It’s a real time saver. I can even place my order from the Walmart Grocery app on my phone. That’s helpful because I can be busy during the school year getting the kids to and from their activities! (You can see a screenshot of my ordering process below.)
The best thing is that with online grocery pickup, Walmart brings the groceries right to the car! I love that.
Pretzel Dog Bites
(Recipe adapted from The Noshery and Bobby Flay)
I usually buy my pretzel hot dog bites pre-made, but I wanted to make my own. I found a recipe on The Noshery blog that looked easy enough. Her recipe, which I’ve used (below) is adapted from a Bobby Flay recipe for full-sized pretzels.
Pretzel Hot Dog Ingredients
(Makes 4.5-5 dozen; preparation time – nearly 2 hours)
- 1½ cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 package active dry yeast (2¼ teaspoons)
- 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 2½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 4½ to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil
- 3 quarts water
- ¾ cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water (egg wash)
- Coarse sea salt or Kosher salt
- 2 14 oz packages of cocktail sausages, drained and patted dry
Put the water, sugar, yeast and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir the ingredients with the dough hook until combined. Let the dough sit for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until the dough is combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 3-4 minutes. (You can add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the dough seems too wet.) Empty the dough out of the bowl. Put the dough on a flat surface and knead the dough into a ball.
Oil the same bowl with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the oiled bowl. Turn the dough to coat it with the oil. With the dough still in the bowl, cover the bowl with a clean towel or plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm spot (I put mine on my kitchen table) for about 1 hour until the dough doubles in size.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Bring the water to bowl in a pot or pan. (I used a dutch oven) over high heat and add the baking soda. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface. (I used a plastic cutting board.)
Use a butter knife to divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope until just about ½ inch in diameter. Take a cocktail sausage and roll the dough around it. Pinch the seams of the dough wrapped around each hot dog to secure it. .
Boil about 10 hot dog pretzel bites in the water solution at a time. Boil the pretzel hot dogs for about 30 seconds. Remove the hot dogs with a large slotted spoon. Place the hot dog pretzel bites, seam side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. There should be a small space around each hot dog bite. Brush the hot dog bites with the egg wash. Season with salt. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the hot dog pretzel bites for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Turn the pan ½ way through cooking for even browning.
After baking, remove the baking sheet to a baking rack and let rest 5 minutes before eating. Serve the pretzel hot dog bites with cold glasses of Coca-Cola® and the pimento cheese sauce (for dipping).
Hot Pimento Cheese Dip
I discovered pimento cheese when I traveled to Charleston, S.C., last month. I had never tasted pimento cheese before, and loved it! So I set out for finding a recipe for this incredibly tasty, cheesy dip. I adapted a recipe that I found at the Mccallums Shamrock Patch blog.
- 4 ounces softened cream cheese
- 8 ounces grated yellow extra sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 ounces grated mild cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces chopped pimentos (1 jar)
- 1/2 of a cup of mayonnaise (plus more as needed)
- A dash or 2 of hot sauce (I added 2 or more)
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 pinch of paprika
- 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes
- Salt to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Take 4 ounces of cream cheese out of the refrigerator. Place the cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl and allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature.
- Add the cheddar cheeses to the cream cheese.
- Drain the chopped pimento and place 1/2 of a cup or 4 ounces of the pimento in the bowl with the cheeses.
- Add mayonnaise, a dash (or two) of hot sauce, onion powder, red pepper flakes, salt and ground pepper to taste to the other ingredients in the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
- Put the cheese mixture into an oven-safe bowl or casserole dish and bake for about 10 minutes at 425 degrees F. (I heated my pimento cheese dip with the mini pretzel hot dog bites.)
- Serve with the pretzel dog bites for dipping.
Walmart is a great one-stop place to stock up for all your tailgating and home-gating needs. Check out Walmart for more fall tailgating and home-gating inspiration and recipes!
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