Monday, January 7, 2013

Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce


This was another yummy treat I brought to a New Years Eve celebration this year.  The other one was those delicious Baked "Fried" Pickles.  This was my first attempt at pretzels (I made an easier method with the bread machine once before but this was completely different.)  These were really good when they were warm and the same goes for the sauce which cools quickly so make sure you serve it all as soon as you make it.  OR - we had a lot left over so the next day I heated everything up and decided to serve the cheese sauce in a mini crock pot (I wish I would have thought of that the night before)  the  cheese sauce stayed the perfect temp and the flavors were just as good as the night before.  You could also do this in a fondue pot and serve the pretzel bites along with some sliced green apples and some vegetables - that's what I will be doing next time.  Sweet Girl does not like pretzels -one of the only things she doesn't like but when it came to this softer homemade version she couldn't get enough.  Same goes for all of us....enjoy!!!

recipe from Smells Like Home
What you need:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/4 tsp  yeast
 4 1/2 cups AP flour
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Vegetable oil
10 cups of water
2/3 cup baking soda
2 tbsp butter, melted
Pretzel or Kosher salt


What you do:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and salt on low speed for 10 seconds.  Switch out the paddle for the dough hook and add the flour and butter to the bowl.  Mix on low speed until well combined. Up your speed to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl,this should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place in a well oiled bowl. Cover this bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place until it doubles in size, about 50 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and place to the side.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an wide 8-quart saucepan.
While you are waiting for the boil, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Slice each rope into 1-inch pieces.  To keep the dough from drying out you may want to place a slightly damp towel over the pretzel pieces while you roll and cut the other pieces.
Now, using a slotted spoon lower a handful of the pretzel pieces into the boiling water and boil them quickly for about 30 seconds, flipping them around in the water with the spoon a couple of times. Remove the pretzel pieces from the water using the spoon, they will be sticky and moist try drain as best you can, and place them on the baking sheets. Brush the top of each pretzel with the melted butter and sprinkle with the salt. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Brush with remaining melted butter before serving. Serve warm.



What you need for the Cheese Sauce:
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp AP flour
1 cup milk
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Kosher salt
What you do:
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.
Slowly whisk in the milk until no lumps of flour remain.  Keep stirring while bringing the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove  from the stove and stir in the shredded cheese until all of the cheese has melted.  Add salt,to taste.  Serve warm. or in a small warm crock pot or fondue pot to keep from hardening.


15 comments:

  1. I haven't visited in awhile, but I like the new layout! These look amazing...my husband would eat them all before I even got to try any!

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  2. Oh my goodness, this looks SOOOO good. This is totally the type of amazing snack I'd have at a restaurant or party, + never even think of making at home. I must try this soon - it would be awesome for a football-watching snack!

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  3. Oh my goodness! Pretzel bites are my absolute favorite. Yum!

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  4. Oh my they look good! My bunch love pretzels dipped in cheese. They would last seconds in my house. Thanks for the recipe

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  5. Pretzels and cheese... what a tasty combo. :) Pinning this, thank you for the recipe.

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  6. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. They've been pinned! Have a great day!

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  7. oh yum! Pinning!!! This would be great with my families annual fondue at christmas!!! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/01/fondue-take-2-and-tasteful-tuesday-party.html

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  8. What a great recipe - perfect for football games or any get together! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Danielle, this is a great appetizer, just in time for the big game day. Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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  10. This looks awesome!!! Perfect for the upcoming "big game"!

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  11. Those look delicious! I think I'll have to make some for our next movie night.

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  12. I love getting Auntie Anne's pretzel bites with the cheese dip whenever I'm at the mall (my waistline doesn't love it so much) so I will definitely have to give these a try at home! Pinned for later :)

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  13. Sounds fabulous, and would be great with a fondue pot! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  14. sounds like a New Year's party I would have loved to be at! :) Thanks so much for linking up to Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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