Soft pretzels are one of my all-time favorite snacks. But lately I have been searching for ways to jazz up this snack and make it into something different. Luckily, I stumbled upon a recipe for ham and cheese soft pretzel bites at www.pipandebby.com This treat look tantalizingly delicious so I decided to give it a try.
The recipe for this snack is as follows:
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees F)
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour
- 1 package (1/4 oz) instant dry yeast
- 1/2 cup finely chopped ham
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 6 cups water
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1-2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
- In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and warm milk until dissolved. In a large bowl, combine 2 ½ cups flour, the milk mixture and the yeast. Stir until a soft dough forms. Add the remaining flour as needed. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times, forming a smooth ball.
- Brush the inside of a large clean bowl with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours, until dough has doubled in size and bubbles appear on the surface.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust hands and rolling pin with flour. Roll one of the four sections into a 12×4-inch rectangle. With the long side facing you, gently press ¼ of the ham and cheese into the bottom third of the dough, and roll as tightly as possible, starting with the end that has the filling.
- Cut into 12 1-inch pieces and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining 3 portions of dough.
- Let rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add the baking soda and reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Boil pretzels in batches, cooking about 20 seconds each, turning once. They should be slightly puffed. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them back to the baking sheets.
- Bake until puffed and golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Brush warm pretzel bites with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm.
This is a fantastic recipe, the perfect snack food. The flavors blend together perfectly, it is inexpensive to make, very delicious, easy to create, and feeds a large crowd of snackers easily. Tip: I prefer to use shredded cheddar cheese in this recipe as opposed to mozzarella. It give the bites a marvelous taste. Tip: If you are leery about making your own pretzel dough try one of the Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel kits, simply following the mixing and baking instructions on the back instead of boiling them. These kits can be purchased at your local grocery store. Tip: These are magnificent served with a yellow mustard or honey mustard dipping sauce.
Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations:
1020 41st Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Whole Foods Market
1330 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209