Get into the fall spirit of things with these tasty, crowd-pleasing recipes! Using two classic seasonal flavors — pumpkin and apple — this Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog duo makes a great main dish for a festive gathering or a cozy night in.
For Everything Bagel Dogs with Pumpkin Cream Cheese:
2 packs Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Bagel Dogs
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt
For Pretzel Dogs with Apple Butter:
2 packs Nathan’s Famous Coney Island Pretzel Dogs
4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Do ahead: For ease of serving, prepare dipping sauces ahead of time.
Combine apples, cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large pot over medium-low heat. Cook apples, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour, until apples are very soft. Puree with immersion blender (or carefully puree in blender) until smooth. Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until apple butter is deep brown, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, brown sugar and maple syrup with electric mixture until smooth and creamy. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and beat until fully combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cook Bagel Dogs and Pretzel Dogs according to package directions. Remove from oven and serve warm with Pumpkin Cream Cheese and Apple Butter.