My husband went to the store for butter and baking powder. He returned with 10 9oz packages of lunchmeat which were marked down because the expiration date is drawing very near. I froze all but 2 packages, and tried to think of something to do with it. I had originally planned to make pretzel dogs today, so I thought, why not do the same thing but with lunchmeat? So, I did. :)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp (1 pkg) active dry yeast
4 cups flour
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp melted butter
15 to 20oz lunchmeat
6 cups water*
1/2 cup baking soda*
1 egg, beaten with 1 Tbsp water
*This ratio gave me enough depth to dip one at a time in my saucepan. If you have a bigger pot, double the water/soda if you like.
Stir sugar and yeast into warm water and let bloom until nice and frothy, about 5 minutes. If it doesn't look like a headdy beer, throw it out and start over. Combine proofed yeast with flour, salt, and butter in a large mixing bowl. Turn mixture out onto a floured surface and knead, baby, knead. After 7-8 minutes, you should have a nice smooth elastic dough ball. Place it in a well oiled bowl, cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place (oven turned off with door shut) for an hour or until doubled in size.
After the dough has risen, divide it into 8 pieces. Split up your lunchmeat into 8 portions, rolled up to about hot dog thickness. Take a piece of dough and roll it into a nice long snake. Wrap it around the meat thustly, being sure to tuck the ends in:
Now, combine the water and baking soda in a large pot and bring it to a boil. One at a time, place roll into water and boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large spatula and place on a greased cookie sheet.
Once all the rolls have been boiled in the soda solution, brush to coat with the egg/water mix. Top with coarse salt, and bake for 15-20 minutes.