• Marnie

Soft Pretzel Bites and Beer Cheese

Updated: Feb 26, 2021


Skip the gastropub with this homemade pretzels and beer cheese! You can make this at home with just a few ingredients, and let me tell you... it's devilishly delicious! Perfect for watching sports (Super Bowl!) or any excuse for delicious snack food.


Here's how you make it:


Soft Pretzel Bites


Ingredients


  • 1 package active dry yeast (make sure it's not expired)

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 TSP kosher or sea salt + course salt to top them

  • 1 TBS granulated sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 4 TBS unsalted melted butter

  • Vegetable oil (I like canola) - for the baking sheet

  • 10 cups water (to boil the pretzels)

  • 2/3 cup baking soda

  • 1 egg yolk, beaten + 1 TBS water (mix together)

Instructions


  1. Mix the water, sugar and salt in a bowl (preferably in a stand mixer). Sprinkle the yeast on top and leave it for 5 minutes (it should create a foam on top).

  2. Add flour and butter to bowl and mix on low using a dough hook until well combined.

  3. Knead on medium speed for 5 minutes or until the dough is smooth and starts to pull from the sides of the bowl.

  4. Remove the dough and place in a well-oiled (I use olive oil) bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour until it's doubled in size.

  5. Preheat your over to 450° F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and brush with vegetable oil.

  6. Bring the 10 cups of water and baking soda to a boil in a large saucepan.

  7. While it's reaching a boil, roll out the dough on a slightly oiled surface to about 24 inches. Cut the dough into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2-2 inches).

  8. Using a slotted spoon carefully place the bites (about 5 at a time) into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove and place on the baking sheet. Brush each one with the beaten egg/water mixture and sprinkle with course salt.

  9. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown.

  10. Cool on cooling rack for about 5 minutes.

Beer Cheese


Ingredients

  • 2 TBP unsalted butter

  • 3 TBS all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole milk or half-and-half (non-dairy works too)

  • 2/3 cup beer (dark or stout beer works best)

  • 2 TSP Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 TSP dijon mustard

  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder

  • 1/4 TSP smoked paprika

  • 1/2 TSP salt

  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk together for a minute until a thick paste forms.

  2. Whisk in the milk slowly. After it’s all added, continue whisking until it slightly thickens, about 1 minute.

  3. One at a time, whisk in the remaining ingredients.

  4. Remove the cheese dip from heat and pour into a serving dish. Sprinkle with extra cheese (and bacon!). The dip will thicken after a few minutes. You can serve it warmed or room temperature.

  5. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Heat over stovetop or in the microwave before serving again.


Did you make this? Share pics in the comments!

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