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Mix together and set aside the following ingredients:

3 Tbs unsalted melted butter

coarse salt (kosher or pretzel)

Roll out small pieces of the dough, about the length of a medium banana. Roll it into a long strip, long enough to wrap around the hot dog. We use Nathan’s or Hebrew National (see photo). Submerge the wrapped dog in the topping and hold on to it in the topping mix for 6 seconds, so it does not unravel, place on a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with coarse salt and bake 5 to 6 minutes at 500 degrees. Remove from oven and cool on a baking rack for 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with a variety of mustards.

Note: You can make the pretzel dogs during half time. If you have left over dough, refrigerate or freeze it. Your kids and grandkids can help you make these.

Make Ahead Muffelato.


(An Italian sandwich made famous in

Purchase four hard rolls about the size of a large apple or orange. Slice the rolls but do NOT cut all the way through. Remove the bread inside the rolls. Reserve the bread pieces. Butter the inside of the rolls after you have removed the bread pieces. Put the reserved bread in the food processor, add about 3/4 cup black olives, 1 tsp dried basil (or 3 tsp of fresh basil). Pulse about five times, then while the processor is running, pulse about 1/4 cup olive oil. The mixture should hold together when you pinch it, but otherwise should be loose.

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