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Twisted Dogs

Twisted Dogs

Now don't go worrying your little heads. We have not done any animal testing here in Bam's Kitchen, nor has Buddy (our 11 week Yorkie puppy) been tied up in a knot.

Twisted Dogs

Instead, we made some fun and delicious cheesy dogs twisted in a cozy pretzel blanket and topped them off black sesame seeds. We baked them to toasty perfection and then plunged them into zesty hot mustard dipping sauce. For the adults, we grilled sun dried tomato turkey sausages and bundled them in a soft pretzel, topped with a little Tuscan seasoning and enjoyed a warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Twisted Dogs

If you are looking for a fun idea to do with your kids on the dog days of summer, this is a very delicious way to put dinner on the table or even as a snack. My kids enjoy their food even more when they making it with their own two hands. The Twisted Dogs recipe does not technically have anything green in it, so this is a winner recipe with kids.

Twisted Dogs

Do you remember Bam's 1st year anniversary Post with Sibella's pretzels http://bamskitchen.com/international-cuisines/german-cuisine/bamiversary-bavarian-pretzels/ ?

Twisted Dogs

Today, we are celebrating Bam's 2nd year Blogiversary with Sibellas' pretzel recipe  http://bakingwithsibella.com/2012/02/11/pretzels-remembering-southern-germany/ but in a "Twisted Dog" recipe.

I thought it was quite fitting to celebrate Bam's Kitchen with my boys. After all, if I did not have teenagers in the house, I would not have to do SOOOO much cooking.

Twisted Dogs

I want to send out a big thank you to all of my dear followers for your support. You are constantly inspiring me to try new things. Thank you for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and into Bam's Test Kitchen. I have had loads of fun this year creating new dishes.  I am delighted to have meet so many fun foodies in the last couple of years.    The world seems like a really small place and very special with each of you in it.

Twisted Dogs

It is still raining in this part of the world! We have had typhoons, monsoons, sideways rain and generally speaking dismal weather. However, I think Hong Kong actually gets most colourful when it rains.

Raining in HK

The rainbow of umbrellas paints the streets in all the newest high fashion colours and designs. I was in Central on Queens Road and was up to my ankles in water, as it was raining more than the drainage system could handle.  It was a great day to wear my wellies (rain boots). I was on a mission to get supplies for the homemade pretzels.

Raining in HK

You probably already have everything you need to make make these delicious twisted pretzel dogs right in your own pantry. I did not. Our local park n shop is the place to go if you need to fetch your self some last minute toppings for your congee like some 1000 year old eggs. Maybe your fresh out of fish heads for your soup? Or maybe your having the in laws over for a little gathering and need to make some pickled chicken feet? Well, you have come to the right place. However if you want some real exotic imported items like flour, eggs or milk you best head into the specialty market in Central.

We have had the world record of dog days of summer and my teenagers are getting restless, hungry and bored. So lets go have a little fun in the kitchen and make some Twisted Dogs.

LESS THAN 30 MINUTE DINNERS

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Twisted Dogs

By HWC Magazine  , ,

August 3, 2013

Fun and delicious cheesy dogs twisted in a cozy pretzel blanket and topped them off black sesame seeds, baked to perfection and then plunged them into a little zesty hot mustard dipping sauce

  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

bread flour - 3 ¾ cup (500 g)

yeast - 1 package

salt - ½ TSP

butter - 3 ½ TBSP (50 g) room temperature

milk - 1 cup (250 ml) warm

water - 3 quarts (3 liter) boiling

baking soda - 5 tbsp

Egg yolk - mixed with a little water

turkey cheese dogs - 8

turkey sausage - 8 sun dried tomato

pretzel salt - 2 tablespoons

black sesame seeds - 2 teaspoons (optional)

Cayenne - sprinkle (optional)

tuscan seasoning - 2 teaspoons (optional) basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic, dried red bell peppers

Hot Mustard Sauce

yellow mustard - 1/2 cup

hot sauce - few dashes (To taste)

brown sugar - 2 teaspoons

Tuscan Sauce

pizza sauce - 1/2 cup

parmesan cheese - sprinkle for topping

Directions

1Preparation:

2Step1: Sift the flour mixed with salt into a bowl and make a small hole in the middle. Thinly slice butter and place around the hole.

3Dissolve the fresh yeast in the warm milk and start pouring into the flour, mixing at the same time.

4Knead the dough by hand for at least 5 minutes. Dough will be quite firm and smooth and not sticky at all. Form a dough ball and let it rest covered for about 30 minutes. ( I covered my dough for one hour until my dough doubled)

5Place the dough on a work surface and cut into 16 equal pieces. Form the dough into 16 long rolls.

6Butter the baking pan. (Do not use parchment paper!)

7Boil the water and add the baking soda. Adding soda to the boiling water will make quite a reaction, so be careful!!! Let the water simmer.

8Grill your hotdogs and or sausages in a pan or on your grill. Preheat your oven to 395 degree F (200 degree Celsius)

9Step 8:Wrap the pretzel dough around each cooked cheesy turkey hot dogs/sun dried tomato turkey sausage and pinch the ends so they do not come undone during the boiling or baking process. I like to leave a little of the hot dog peaking through on each side and just wrap in the centre.

10Place each pretzel, using a slotted spoon, in the boiling water bath solution for about 30 seconds. Remove and place buttered baking sheet.

11Beat egg and water and brush on top of your twisted dogs. Garnish with pretzel salt. We garnished the cheesy dogs with black sesame seeds and cayenne pepper and the sun dried tomato turkey twisted dogs with Tuscan seasoning.

12Bake your twisted dogs for 12-14 minutes or until nice and golden brown.

13Prepare the dipping sauces.

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15Hot Mustard Sauce: Place yellow mustard, hot sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix.

16Pizza sauce: Heat up prepared canned sauce and top with grated parmesan cheese or please visit http://bamskitchen.com/mains/beef/spaghetti-and-meatballs-with-grandmas-sauce/ for a great basic tomato sauce.

17Serve and enjoy hot from the oven with dipping sauces.

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  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Congrats on your two year blogiversary Bobbi! I look forward to reading many more of your posts. These dogs look delish. Dogs wrapped in some sort of bread is always yummy in my book. Have a great week!

  • Happy 2nd Blogiversary! I hope you have many, many more. This is a fun dish! My mom used to make something similar, except her dough wasn’t nearly as interesting as yours. These look wonderful. And I’ve noticed, too, that when it rains things often seem more colorful. Maybe it’s just all of the umbrellas, but quite often the colors seem more vivid and saturated. Anyway, fun post – thanks.

  • Those hot dogs look great! I love the idea of a hot dog wrapped in a pretzel dough–sounds very yummy!

  • Jo (http://blog-diggidy.com)

    Happy Blogversary! These look yummy! And so simple! The best of both worlds! Blessings…xo

  • And great idea for a summer pool party!

  • Congratulations on two years!! These dogs looks amazing, my girls would be eating them up in a second!

  • Anniversario Felice, BAM! I love how you think. Hot dogs are the perfect celebratory meal, IMHO, and wrapping them insure that they’re dressed for the occasion. Buns may be all right for everyday but something special, like a pretzel wrap, is required for a party. I don’t think there’s a kid alive that wouldn’t love these dogs. And if you find one, I call dibbs on his dogs. 🙂 Have a great week!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Gratzie John! Come on over and join the party. The twisted dogs are going fast! Take care, BAM

  • These hot dog buns look good, my kids would love to have them for breakfast!

  • Happy 2nd blog anniversary! Can’t believe how time flies! 🙂 This looks amazing and perfect for breakfast!

  • Super dogs!

  • Happy 2nd Blogoversary Bam – so glad I am along for the ride. You are a wonderful inspiration and I love your posts.
    Thankfully when we lived in Mauritius is wasn’t quite as difficult to get hold of “normal” food items like what you suffer in Hong Kong.
    Love your twisted dogs.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy! I can’t believe it has already been two years. I guess time flys when you are having fun. Take Care, BAM

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    OMG I cracked up at the shopping description! What a fun post for an anniversary!

  • Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Love the idea of the pretzel dogs. I always enjoy your photos of Hong Kong but I especially liked the photo with the bamboo scaffolding in front the the modern 7 Eleven store…east meets west. 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Karen! Bamboo scaffolding is a very strong material. However, it is very funny to see this used in front all the modern building, even the ICC, the tallest building in HK. I guess I should start sharing a little bit more of the daily life in Hong Kong. Take care, BAM

  • This looks so yummy! SUCH a classic asian bakery thing even though it probably stems from the western sausage roll- I love this! Old-school yum. I used to always have one after school when I was little. Thanks for dropping by my blog and yes let’s keep in touch x

  • Congrats on 2 years!! Mine is next month! Love the twisted dogs!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Ashley, Congrats a little early to you. Take care, BAM

  • Those twisted dogs look ‘erotic’ 🙂 (Despicable me always having filthy thoughts!)
    Kidding aside, looks like I can make those dogs myself as I found your recipe quite nice and easy.
    Dogs pictures look so darn erotic! (OMG! I said it again!)

    • Bams Kitchen

      You know now that you mention it, those dogs look sort of phallic in nature. However, it got your attention! LOL I hope everyone can also have a little laugh along with us as we read the recipe. Take Care, BAM

  • CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Bloggingversary, looking forward to many more. Chinese sausage would be good also, I think.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Norma. I think that Chinese sausage would be stellar in this twisted dog dish. I think it reminds me kind of the bakeries here in HK that always have different kinds of meat wrapped up in bread. Take Care, BAM

  • Those look sensational & I’m going to definitely give those a try. I had a picture in my mind of poor Buddy but I’m glad you didn’t grill him. We’ve finally got some cool (very brisk in the morning) air here which has sent Crazy Moe into cat-nip-tions at the crack of dawn. I’m kind of thinking of wrapping him up in some pastry – kind of like a cat straight jacket.
    Looks like purple seems to be a popular color there for umbrellas. Hopefully you won’t be needing them for much longer.
    Congratulations on your blog. I’m so glad to see you still going strong. You have a terrific, interesting & fun blog to follow…so don’t be thinking of going anywhere.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Diane, I think being cooped up inside does make everyone a little antsy so glad that today the sun is out in HK. With that being said it is so hot that it was 50 C on my balcony at 4pm yesterday. We have sun alright. Blazing hot sun. I am thinking now of some cool and refreshing eats for this week. Take Care, BAM

  • Hooray for two years 🙂
    Love your twisted dogs too, they are the perfect party food…or teen food.

  • Congratulations on two years Bam – doesn’t time move quickly?!

    These twisted dogs look wonderful – a bit like an English sausage roll! 😀

  • Oh I love these dogs! Hotdogs that is, hehe. That is a great idea cooking the dough wrapping the hotdogs. I love these rainy street scene as it reminds me of home. Thank you, Bam and take care.

  • Happy Blogversary! And these twisted dogs look delicious! Heard about the typhoon there last week, hope the rainy season clears up soon!

  • Hotly Spiced

    These twisted dogs look very good and yes, what a fun activity to do with your kids. Happy second anniversary. Big congrats! I would love to see a photo of your puppy! xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Charlie! I will be certain to include a picture of Buddy, our puppy, in my next post. He is such a sweetie.

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    Congratulations!!! have a great week….oh these twisted sausage rolls are just irresistibly good and delicious, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Congratulations on your 2nd blogversary! Always enjoy reading your blog! These twisted dogs would be perfect for the upcoming football season!

  • I love the twisted dogs Bam! So will the kids. I also like the idea of making a grown-up version too. I never would have thought of that. Genius! 🙂 I can just imagine the sea of colorful umbrellas too. You’re right, it does bring a bit of brightness and color to a rainy day.

  • Fun treat!

  • abby

    these cheesy dogs look so yummy. i have to try this. im sure my son would absolutely love it! he loves cheese and bread a lot and im sure the hotdog surprise would be the icing on the cake for him. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • I don’t like hot dogs. Like not even a little bit. But these look delicious!! Is that weird or what. Great kid-friendly recipe Bam!!!

  • so annoyed that my comment didn’t go through earlier! argh! I was saying that these twisted dogs are so adorable. They were such classics at asian bakeries, and I would always have one (greedy) after school- good one. x

  • Wow! This dish looks fantastic

  • Mmmmm the twisted dogs sure look very fun to eat! Happy 2 year blogversary.

  • Aww I love a great pig in the blanket/twisted dog/just for me lol. I LOVE this and now of course I’m hungry lol. Happy 2 year Blog Anniversary 🙂

  • My kids love it when I make these for them!!! Thank you for the reminder, I will have to get a batch on… they also make great school lunches 🙂

  • Now these are the kind of pig in a blanket I like! High quality breading and dogs. Great!

  • Nice to be back reading your blog after a long holiday, look at that you even shared some pictures of HK streets which I already miss

  • Happy anniversary Bam!
    These twisted dogs are such fun and look delicious, great idea for a fast and tasty snack.

  • Happy anniversary to your blog Bam! These twisted dogs are the best way to celebrate! Love them!

  • Happy anniversary to your blog Bam ! And that looks delicious ! Everyone loves pigs in a blanket – I have always just used the ready rolled puff pastry but the pretzel dough would be even yummier.

  • Two years! I’m so glad I found you and your blog. Love hearing about Hong Kong and the other countries you visited, about your family, and about the wonderful foods you introduce us to.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Kathleen. Bam’s Kitchen is even better with all of my fun and dear followers like you!

  • I’m looking forward to making this when my niece is coming to my place later on…….
    i think i’m gonna use fresh chinese sausage Bam….

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