Actually, they are soft beer pretzels, but that just sounded a little funny.
Oh my gosh. You guys.
Yes, I went there.
I stuffed spinach and artichoke dip into a soft pretzel. And not just any old pretzel. Nope, I made beer soft pretzels. It just seemed right and so logical.
I mean, we are exactly one week out from the start of football.
And we all know the sole reason why I am excited about this. Yeah, it’s got nothing to do with touch downs and everything to do with the food. Football food rules.
There’s the dips, the chips, the burgers, the sliders, the snack mixes, the CHILI (can’t wait!), the corn bread, the beer bread and… I could go on, but I have a feeling I am killing my eldest brother who may or may not be reading this. He’s either starving right now and dying for some good home cooked food or lying in his bed with stomach pains and wishing he would not have defrosted the (over a year and half old) gumbo that he stole from my grandmas freezer before she almost threw it out last night.
I have not heard from him all day so I’d say that’s a good sign. Then again, maybe it’s not!
Anyway, I am obviously excited, and to be honest, ready for a new season.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE summer and all the produce that comes with it. In fact, I would be the happiest girl if the summer produce never left. The fresh tomatoes, the blueberries, the strawberries, the stone fruits and the corn. But I have exhausted all the recipes my brain can think up of summer food. With the end of summer comes the crisp apples, the pumpkins and the warm and cheesy comfort foods.
Don’t worry though, I will not be posting pumpkin anytime super soon.
And by that, I mean over the next week or so. After that all bets are off. It will be September and I have a feeling my un patient self will get the better of me and start digging into the first pumpkin I see.
alright, so here is the deal the deal with these pretzels.
If you can make pizza dough, you can make these. They are easy and I promise rolling the dough out is even easier than rolling out pizza dough. You can thank the butter for that, it keeps the dough from sticking and makes for one awesome pretzel. Well, that and the beer that I added for just the slightest flavor that totally boosted these guys over the top amazing.
The hardest part is waiting for the dough to rise, which only takes an hour.
While the dough rises you can make the dip, which is the same dip that I used for these Spinach and Artichoke Melts that are maybe my favorite sandwich ever. Seriously, check them out.
And well, the bacon is pretty awesome in my opinion, is totally optional. Especially if you want to make this a vegetarian friendly meal. Err, I guess this is more of an appetizer, but we totally ate these for dinner. With like nothing else. It was awesome.
When the dough is ready you just divide it into eight equal balls and roll them out into rectangles. Fill the middle with some dip and roll um up!!
Then gently roll the dough between your hands until you get a nice even rope and shape it into a pretzel!
Don’t worry if there are a few holes or if your pretzels don’t look like pretzels.
I promise, they are going to taste good and they’ll look good in their own way because they are pretty no matter what. They are also going to be giant so handle them carefully when dropping them into the water and taking them out. You do not want to tear the pretzel before it’s baked. But there will most likely be holes and they are going to ooze. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing. Sometimes the imperfections just work!
If you wanted to make things easier you can of course just make pretzels stuffed balls, but honestly making the pretzels shape was easier than I thought, but it’s totally up to you!
Oh, and if you are making these for a party and want to bake them ahead of time you totally can. Just re-heat the pretzels at 350 for 15 minutes or so!
Pull them out and let people ooh and awe over them! They are kind of that amazing.
LIke the roll your eyes back, oh my gosh this is so good, amazing. Trust me, I have seen this first hand. It happens.
Seriously, just make these. Pretty please!