We are traveling this week, and thankfully, it’s a non-stop flight. It seems to me that the non-stop, “as the crow flies” type of trip is getting harder and harder to find. Airlines and airports want you to stop, stay a while, shop, and eat. But what do you do if you find yourself waiting for a connection late at night and the food choices are limited?
You might discover, as I did, that an old-fashioned pretzel dog is just what you need. Especially if you haven’t eaten in hours, you’re not sure your flight will be leaving at all, and the pretzel place is the only one still open and serving hot food. It’s a satisfying little snack: chewy bread, a juicy hot dog, and a little ketchup or mustard for dipping. I decided that I didn’t need to wait for an extended lay-over in an airport to enjoy a pretzel dog. They’re easy to make once the dough has risen, and the process goes quite quickly if you organize your work area. While the dough proofs, get your hot dogs prepped (cut them in half and stuff them with cheese, if you like). Make room on the counter to roll out the ropes of dough, have the water and baking soda mixture at the boiling point, and your baking sheets lined with oiled parchment. I can’t explain it any better than Joy does, so I’ll send you to her blogsite for the recipe. The only thing I changed in the recipe was to add cheese to the hot dogs, but that’s optional. And, by the way, these are great snacks for the sports fans in your family. Pile them in a serving bowl and put out a little mustard and ketchup for dipping. They’ll disappear long before the game is over.