Pretzel Dogs with Dijon Pepperjack Sauce

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These little pretties started out as a pizza with pretzel dough experiment.

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It was a request from my husband after seeing this commercial. Here lately, I’m so obsessed with this fantastic pretzel dough recipe I found that I gladly agreed to take on that project. I want to make this dough all the damn time.

So, I was playing in the kitchen, put my pretzel pizza trial run in the oven, then apparently my undiagnosed ADD kicked in when I spotted some beef hot dogs in the fridge. Ok, so I really don’t think I have it but I SWEAR when I work on the blog I do – I cannot seem to stay working on one single thing without having to switch to something else. Doesn’t matter, apparently it all gets done.

Although I know that pretzel wrapped hot dogs are definitely not a new thing, we haven’t made them in this house before and I made the most fantastic dipping sauce with Dijon mustard and pepperjack cheese.

Oh, and cayenne.

I’m aaallllllllll about some cayenne. It’s like happy sprinkles. With a little kick.

My husband would disagree about the sauce because he hates mustard. There’s something so wrong with that – he just doesn’t like to venture out when it comes to eating. He did, however, LOVE the pretzel dogs. Well, ok, he is more adventurous when it comes to sushi than I am.

But, still. I don’t get anybody not liking mustard.

Anyway, please keep in mind that I did not go for perfect “form” when making these – but I’m sure there’s a way to. I just wrapped the dough around the hot dog and made sure all the dough was sealed tightly.

I’ve made several different types of cheese sauces, and I really think that the sauce always comes out better when I buy the cheese in block form and grate it myself. I don’t know why; maybe it’s the preservatives?

This cheese sauce could be used in so many ways. I’ve already thought about stuffing burgers with it, using it as a dip for french fries and putting it on chicken breasts. My favorite idea is to make a double batch, adding some Italian sausage or ground beef and diced tomatoes to make a queso dip. OMG.

Here’s your printable-

Pretzel Dogs with Dijon Pepperjack Sauce

Pretzel Dogs with Dijon Pepperjack Sauce


    Pretzel Dogs
  • This pretzel recipe
  • 1 pkg hot dogs (I used Hebrew National all beef hot dogs), quartered
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse salt
  • Dijon Pepperjack Sauce
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup whole cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups Pepperjack cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Make the pretzel dough, but instead of cutting the dough into 8 pieces, cut it into 16 smaller pieces.
  • Wrap each piece around a hot dog quarter, making sure that the dough is sealed all the way around.
  • Cover with a dish towel and let rise for 30 minutes. (I think I only let mine rise for about 15 - but I have no patience. They turned out beautifully.)
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil, reduce heat to medium and add baking soda.
  • Add about 4 pretzel dogs to the water, and simmer for 30 seconds on each side.
  • Using a large slotted spoon, remove the pretzels and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • While the pretzel dogs are baking, make the cheese sauce. Over medium heat, add the butter and oil.
  • When the butter has melted, reduce heat to medium low.
  • Add the flour, whisking, then quickly add the whole cream.
  • Continue whisking, and when it starts to thicken add the rest of the ingredients.
  • If it thickens too fast or starts to scorch, reduce heat more. You can always add a splash of milk or water to thin if you need to.
  • When the sauce is smooth and the cheese has melted, remove from heat.
  • Serve with pretzel dogs.
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  • Theresa @DearCreatives
    September 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    This looks yummy. Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives party. Pinning to my appetizer board. Hope to see you again this week!

  • Shea
    September 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Thanks Theresa!

  • Debra
    September 17, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Came over from Adam’s site. Glad to find this,

  • Candace @ Cabot
    September 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Oh my goodness, I love everything about this outrageous concoction. The football fans at my house are going to be very happy on Sunday!

  • Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm
    September 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I have been looking at pretzel dog recipes so it is quite advantageous that I came across you at Simple Supper Tuesday. Thanks

  • Meggan | Culinary Hill
    September 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    These look so good! Do I have to share??? Pretzels wrapped in any kind of dough makes me so so so happy and your dijon pepperjack sauce sounds perfect!

  • Shea
    September 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Thanks Meggan!

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