“Oooh back to school, back to school, I’ve got my lunch pack up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight”. Is it just me, or once those back to school commercials start, this is the song that gets stuck in your head? My favorite back to school commercial of all time is the one where the dad is riding on a shopping cart through the isles of the school supply section, just as happy as he can be while “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” plays in the back round and his kids are just as grumpy and mad as they can be. I love summer, but as a stay at home mom for the last 10 years, I start counting down the days in August. As much as I cook, I still find it hard to find good ideas for good sack lunches for my kiddos. Who actually likes to make lunch before rushing out the door? Not me! I try to make all their lunches in advance so I can (or they can) put everything in a bag and head out. I really like these because I can make them ahead of time, make their lunches for the week and they’re also good at room temp. For a sack lunch, that is important. My kids LOVE these and I know that they get tired of sandwiches, so it’s a welcome change.
Yield: 4 dogs
1 ball of pre made Pizza Dough (usually a pound)
4 large hot dogs (I use Polish dogs from a well known “big box” store)
2T Baking Soda
4 qts Water
1 Egg, beaten
Sprinkling of Course Salt
Step One: Divide the dough into fourths and on a non floured counter, roll the dough into a long rope.
Step Two: Wrap the sausage with the dough making sure to cover the ends. Set aside for 15-20 minutes and allow the dough to raise.
Step Three: In a big 8qt pot fill about halfway with water and add the baking soda. Then poach the pretzel dogs for a minute.
Step Four: Lay them on a cookie sheet, then brush with egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
Step Five: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, serve imminently or freeze for lunches later.
Other Great Sprinkly Toppings:
Everything but the Bagel Seasoning (Trader Joe’s)
Alum Salt (also Trader Joe’s)