Could there be a better combo then buffalo cheddar…and pretzels?!
I mean, for something like the Super Bowl…I’m thinking no. Plus all game day festivities need at least one buffalo dish, and this year, these buffalo cheddar soft pretzel twists are on my list. Think soft pretzel, meets cheese, meets buffalo sauce…all topped with everything bagel spice. It may seem like a lot, but it’s actually just the best thing ever, and the everything spice is like the icing on the cake, totally the best!
Like a lot of people, when thinking about game day recipes, buffalo chicken is often first to come to mind. Back when I first started cooking…like way back in my young teen years, I’d make baked boneless buffalo chicken for my family at least once a week. It was probably one of their favorite dinners I made. I don’t make buffalo chicken very often anymore, due to the fact that I make a million other things, but I also always hated the process of having to deal with raw chicken, bread it, bake it and cover in sauce. It’s delicious, but just a little tedious. Regardless, my family loves anything involving buffalo sauce, so every year around the Super Bowl I have fun creating new recipes. See examples below…
Whoaaaa. That is a lot of buffalo sauce recipes…and that’s not even all of them. If you’re curious about the other recipes I didn’t list here, just search buffalo in the search bar…but be prepared for a serious buffalo overload.
So ahh, anyway, I think the point is that buffalo sauce is very well received over here.
I’m not really sure how these pretzels came into my head, but somehow an idea for cheesy breadsticks turned into these soft pretzels. At first I actually set out to make breadsticks full of cheese and garlic. Of course they were going to be delicious and all, but then I totally just messed them up. Or well, I messed up the way they looked…they tasted great! But something went wrong when I was shaping the breadsticks, and well, let’s just say it was not a good look. Normally, I would have simply tried again, but the very, very, very white color that the breadsticks were giving off was leaving me highly discouraged to try again. It’s cool though, because this recipe fail is what lead me to the idea to do a little recipe mix and match and lead me to these pretzel twists instead.
Sometimes things like this just happen in my recipe testing world. A lot of times the recipe just needs to be reworked, but sometimes…it just needs to be thrown away. Then there are other times that a mess-up leads to the creation of an even better recipe, fortunately, that’s the case here today.
Honestly, I don’t think any breadstick could even stand a chance against these pretzels. They’re salty, cheesy, spicy perfection!
While they might not seem simple, these pretzels are actually pretty easy to make. Just start out with basic soft pretzel dough, but instead of shaping the dough into a pretzel, roll it out like you would a cinnamon roll and spread it with buffalo sauce. From here, simply cut the dough into long strips and wrap it around a stick of cheddar cheese. And as if they aren’t already amazing enough, the pretzels are then topped with a sprinkle of everything spice.
Even if you’re not into watching the Super Bowl, these pretzel twists are pretty much snack heaven. Perfect for weekend parties, after school snacking and pretty much everything and anything in between. Like maybe a little Tuesday cheesy goodness? Thinking that might be a great idea. <–do it.
PS. I brought the leftovers to X-Games with me over the weekend and even cold, these disappeared within seconds.
PSS. I forgot to thank you all for all of your kind words and positive vibes for Red. He did great and while it wasn’t his best day, he still had a blast doing it!
Buffalo Cheddar Soft Pretzel Twists with Everything Spice.
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (about 1 packet)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, 1 stick
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup buffalo sauce plus more for serving
- 16 cheddar cheese sticks
- 2/3 cup baking soda for boiling the pretzels
- 1 egg beaten, for brushing before baking
- 3 tablespoons toasted white sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons dried onion
- 2 teaspoons dried garlic
- 2 teaspoons kosher or coarse salt
Combine the water, brown sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the melted butter, 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and the all-purpose flour to the mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl and coat the bowl with olive oil, add the dough and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the baking soda.
Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough in half and roll into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread the dough with a little buffalo sauce. Cut the dough widthwise into 6-8 strips about 1/2 inch wide. Wrap the dough around the cheese sticks with the buffalo sauce side facing inward. Seal at both ends. Boil the pretzels in the baking soda water, 1-2 at a time for 30 seconds. Remove with a large flat slotted spatula or a spider. Place 8 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash.
To make the everything spice. In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion, dried garlic, and 2 teaspoons salt. Sprinkle the spice mix generously over each pretzel. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown. Serve warm with extra buffalo sauce for dipping
For real though? the cheese inside? with the buffalo sauce? SO GOOD.