Pretzel Bites- Three Ways!

2 Feb

Alright sports fans, it’s almost game time! I think we can all agree that unless you’re in the Big Easy right now, prepping for game time means procuring good food, good drinks and good friends to watch Beyonce sing…live! However you plan to celebrate, I’ve got you covered.

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These pretzels can be dressed up or down. That’s right, day to evening pretzels. Fancy. They’re also really easy to make in advance, store, then reheat for wherever your Super Bowl travels take you!

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For me personally, sports and food always go hand in hand (sports spectating, that is). My idea of the perfect sporting event is a warm afternoon in May at a Nats game with Shake Shack and a cold beer. Thomas Jefferson wins the President’s Race and the Nationals win the baseball game. Perfection. However, in the throws of February, these pretzels are your best bet.

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I adapted the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod. I spiced mine up a bit by making three flavors:

1. jalapeno cheddar

2. garlic and Parmesan

3. cinnamon sugar

For the jalapeno cheddar version, I folded minced jalapeno and shredded cheddar directly into the dough. The result? Cheesy bites with a kick and the hub’s favorite.

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For the garlic and parm I added garlic powder, dried basil and grated Parmesan. With marinara dipping sauce, these are perfection and easily my favorites.

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For dessert I took my pretzels and coated them in butter before sprinkling with cinnamon and sugar. The perfect finish to a three-course pretzel meal!

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So, on a day in which odds are you don’t like or don’t care about one or both football teams, sit back, relax and enjoy the show pretzels!

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Pretzel Bites

Yields about 4 dozen

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 tbsp light brown sugar

1/2 tbsp granulated sugar

1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 cup bread flour

3 cups all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil

3 tbsp baking soda

Toppings

5 tbsp unsalted butter

2 tbsp kosher salt

1/3 jalapeno, minced

4 tbsp finely shredded cheddar cheese

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

Directions

Combine lukewarm water, yeast packet and sugars in stand mixer. Mix until combined then let sit for 5 minutes until foam appears. Slowly mix in salt and flours until soft dough forms and pulls away from the edges of the bowl. Remove dough from the mixer bowl and knead into a ball.

Coat the sides of a clean bowl with vegetable oil and add dough. Turn to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and let it sit to rise in a warm place for an hour.

Once dough has risen, cut into 6 equal pieces. For 2 of those, fold in minced jalapeno and shredded cheese. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring medium-sized bowl of water to a boil and add baking soda.

With each piece of dough, roll into long rope about 1 inch in diameter, then cut into 1 inch pieces. Drop a dozen at a time into boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon and let rest on a paper towel before transferring to a greased baking sheet. Add a coating of melted butter and salt to the jalapeno variety. For the Parmesan garlic pretzels, coat with melted butter, garlic power, Parmesan cheese and dried basil. For dessert pretzels, only coat with butter to bake to get a nice golden color.

Bake pretzels for 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees, or until baked through. If making ahead, save the next step for when it’s time to enjoy. Just heat them at 275 degrees until warm.

For jalapeno cheddar pretzels, hit with another coating of butter and kosher salt. For Parmesan garlic pretzels, add another layer of Parmesan. And for the cinnamon sugar pretzels, brush melted butter onto pretzels then drop into bowl with cinnamon-sugar goodness.

Time

4 hours

 

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2 Responses to “Pretzel Bites- Three Ways!”

  1. Danielle Geanacopoulos February 3, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    These look insane. When can I try some!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • jackiequribe February 3, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Tonight!!! I have a container-full waiting to be reheated and devoured!

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