Tempting Tuesday

by LaurenMichele on February 1, 2012

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday- yay!! No, I do not watch football, but I definitely know how to enjoy a great party of food, drinks, friends and funny commercials! For as long as I can remember my parents have thrown a great party, with my dad making his famous spicy chili and my mom getting the best prizes for our pool (somehow even the losers leave with prizes:)  So this year I decided I want to make something delicious and fun for everyone to enjoy.  I took a soft pretzel recipe from my favorite youtube chef, Laura Vitale, and my own baked cheese dip… and OH-EM-GEE, what happened from there was beyond delicious.  

Soft Pretzel Bites and Baked Pepper Jack Cheese Dip:

The yeast starting to foam

Dough ready to rise

Greased bowl

The dough after rising for 1 hour

The dough cut up ready to make into bites

This is where I changed the recipe.  Instead of forming the dough into traditional pretzel shapes, I cut them into bite size pieces

Before placing them into the boiling water and baking soda

Bites with egg wash and salt

After baking for 8 minutes my bites were perfect!

Baked cheese dip (recipe below)

Dip the pretzel into the warm dip and enjoy!!!

  Baked Pepper Jack cheese dip:
-1 pound pepper jack cheese (shredded)
-1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
-3 cups Milk (any kind is fine)
-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
-2 tablespoons butter

Begin by making a roux in a sauce pan with the flour, milk and butter.  Once this has turned into a roux add the cheeses and stir them until completely melted.  Place into a bowl to bake in.  Bake at 375degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the top beings to brown.  

You can find the pretzel recipe here.  

Hope you try out the recipe! 

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