Have you ever tried a pretzel dog? Whether it’s from the frozen section of your grocery store, a pretzel place at the mall, or even the Schwan’s man, these delightful treats are hard to resist. And now, you can make them at home with just a few simple ingredients.
Introducing Air Fryer Pretzel Dogs, a fun and tasty lunch or dinner recipe that the whole family will love. With a homemade nacho cheese sauce that perfectly complements the pretzel dogs, this dish is flavorful, unique, and super tasty.
Why This Recipe Works:
- With easy-to-find minimal ingredients, these pretzel dogs are quick to whip up.
- You can double the recipe to make more for a larger crowd.
- The nacho cheese sauce is optional but adds a delicious touch.
Ingredients Needed (Full Recipe at Bottom):
- Hot dogs
- Cheddar cheese sticks
- Pizza dough
- Flaky salt
- Salted butter
- All-purpose flour
- Whole milk
- Cheddar cheese
- Cream cheese
How to Make Air Fryer Pretzel Dogs, Step by Step:
- Cut a slit into the middle of the hot dogs and add a slice of cheese.
- Cut the pizza roll dough into 8 equal sections. Wrap the dough around the hot dog, overlapping slightly with each wrap.
- In a small bowl, whisk eggs and water. Brush the hot dogs with the egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
- Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for 5 minutes. Cook the pretzel dogs in a single layer with plenty of room in between each one for 7 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Nacho Cheese Sauce:
- While the pretzel dogs are cooking, make the cheese dip. Start by creating a roux by melting butter in a saucepan and stirring in flour.
- Slowly incorporate milk and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer.
- Add cheddar cheese, cream cheese, black pepper, and sriracha. Stir until the cheese is melted.
- Serve immediately with the cheese dip and enjoy!
Can I Use My Own Homemade Pizza Dough?
Absolutely! While this recipe uses refrigerated dough for a quicker dinner option, you can use your own homemade pizza dough if you prefer.
Is the Nacho Cheese Sauce Necessary?
No, the nacho cheese sauce is completely optional. You can enjoy the pretzel dogs as is or dip them in ketchup, which is another delicious option.
What Kind of Hot Dogs Are the Best?
You can use any hot dogs for this recipe. The thicker and sturdier they are, the better. If you have fully cooked bratwursts on hand, they would work well too.
What Kind of Cheese Should I Use?
For the pretzel dogs, we recommend using cheese sticks. You can find them at Walmart alongside the string cheese. However, you can also use block cheese if that’s what you have available.
How to Store:
If you have any leftover pretzel dogs, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, simply place them in the oven at 350°F for 3-5 minutes or microwave until heated through.
Tips and Tricks:
- Feel free to use your favorite type of hot dogs, sausage, or bratwurst for this recipe.
- If you prefer, you can use homemade pizza dough instead of refrigerated dough.
- Experiment with different types of cheese to discover your favorite flavor combination.
- The nacho cheese sauce is a delightful dipping sauce, but it is not necessary. You can also use it for other recipes.
- Double the recipe if you’re serving a larger crowd.
Looking for a fun and super easy recipe that the whole family will devour? Look no further than these Air Fryer Pretzel Dogs. They’re the perfect combination of a classic pretzel and a delicious hot dog, making them a crowd favorite.
If you enjoy this recipe, check out these other mouth-watering options:
- Slow Cooker Beer Brats
- Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
- Air Fryer Fish Sticks
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