Kosher Status: Meat or Pareve
A kitschy throwback to 80's deli fare, these adorable bagel dog bites are perfect for everything from graduation or Superbowl parties to summer barbecues. The recipe uses prepared pizza dough as a shortcut, but if you've got a favorite recipe for homemade dough, feel free to use that instead. For the grownups in the crowd, serve the bagel dogs with cold beers or savory cocktails like this Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary. For the kids, think decaf iced tea or homemade "sodas" made with seltzer and a splash of juice.
Safety Tip: For toddlers (and older kids who tend to gobble their food), hot dogs are a major choking hazard. If you'll be serving kids under the age of 4 or 5, it's a smart idea to cut the dogs lengthwise into skinny strips. Instead of making cocktail-sized mini bites (which little ones may be tempted to pop into their mouths whole) reassemble the long, skinny strips and wrap them in dough -- they'll have an easy to handle, safer to eat hot dog.
- For the Bagel Dogs:
- 8 kosher hot dogs or veggie dogs
- 1 (16-ounce) package prepared pizza dough
- Optional: Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coarse salt, dried onion flakes, dried garlic flakes, or everything bagel seasoning blend
- For the Apricot Mustard:
- 4 tablespoons apricot preserves
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Preheat the oven to 425 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- For mini bagel dog bites, cut each hot dog crosswise into 4 pieces. For large bagel dogs, leave the hot dogs whole, or slice each lengthwise into 8 thin strips (see Safety Tip, above). Set aside.
- Lightly flour a cutting board. Place the pizza dough onto the board, and roll to flour the surface. Pat the dough into a square and use a sharp knife to cut it into 32 equal pieces (for mini bagel dogs) or 8 equal pieces (for large bagel dogs).
- Take a piece of dough and roll between your hands to form a long, thin rope. For mini bagel dog bites, start at one end, and wrap the dough around the hot dog nugget, pressing to secure the ends under the hot dog. Place on the prepared baking sheet, and continue with the remaining hot dog and dough pieces.
- For large bagel dogs, form a rope with 1/8 of the dough. Starting at one end, wrap the dough in a spiral around the hot dog, securing the ends of the dough underneath. If you are using hot dog slices, leave the ends of the hot dogs exposed, so that parents or caregivers will be able to identify the kid-friendly bagel dogs.
- Brush the bagel dogs with water. Sprinkle with your preferred seasonings, if desired. Bake in the preheated oven to 12 to 15 minutes, of until the hot dogs are cooked through and the dough is well-baked and golden.
- While the bagel dogs are baking, combine the apricot preserves and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Mix well. Serve the freshly-baked bagel dogs with apricot mustard on the side for dipping.