Soft Pretzel Bites are just what every Super Bowl party needs. Who can resist dipping these tasty morsels?
It’s almost Super Bowl time, and nothing says sports to me like Soft Pretzel Bites. They are the ubiquitous snack of stadiums. And we get them at every sporting event we attend.My son, Charlie, loves Soft Pretzel Bites as much as I do, so I decided to tackle them at home. I was nervous. Could I really get them to taste like the soft pretzels you buy at the stadium? YES, with the help of this recipe from Alton Brown. No one could be a better judge than Charlie and these were a hit with him.
Now just because this recipe for Soft Pretzel Bites uses yeast, don’t let that scare you! They are relatively easy to make, but they do take some time (the dough needs to rise before you work with it.) I use this yeast and have success every.single. time. Simply put all the ingredients in your stand mixer with a dough hook, and let it do the kneading for you. Don’t have a stand mixer? No worries, make it by hand and consider your work out done for the day.
Boiling the dough in baking soda water gives the pretzels the crispy outside with the soft center. I’ve read that pretzel manufacturers use a food-grade lye for to make their pretzels crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I don’t know about you, but baking soda sounds a lot better to me, and it achieves the same result.
I chose to make the pretzels into bite-size pieces – easier to work with and great for parties. The sky is the limit as to what you could serve with these tasty morsels. Mustard, spinach dip, hummus, pesto, horseradish sauce, or a warm beer cheese dip. Just make sure you have enough of them – no one likes to miss out on these gems.
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