Monday, February 11, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII + Soft Pretzel Bite Recipe

This year for the Super Bowl we had our annual, small get together with the Hamra's, Gregory's (Chris and Ashley), Brooker's, McPhail's and Trina. Everyone bring yummy food and we eat, chat and watch the game. Well the boys watch the game and the girls watch the half-time show, which we all loved! I didn't take hardly any photos but Kari did!! Check them our on her blog here. It was fun this year b/c all of our friend's have boys so it was fun to see them all chase each other around and play. The pool is going to be such a blast this summer! Kari got this adorable video of the boys dancing during the half-time show.

What pictures I did take were of the homemade pretzels bites that I made! I will say they were awesome and I am VERY impressed with myself. So here's the recipe :)

Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Cheese Sauce

I'm just going to copy and paste the recipe from the original source Smells Like Home blog.

  • 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil
  • 10 cups water
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • Pretzel or Kosher salt

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and salt on low speed for 10 seconds. 

Switch to the dough hook and add the flour and butter.  Mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl and transfer it to a well-oiled bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an wide 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.

In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces.
Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope. Slice each rope into 1-inch pieces.  Place a lightly damp towel over the pretzel pieces to prevent them from drying out while you roll and cut the other pieces.
Using a slotted spoon lower a handful of the pretzel pieces into the boiling water and boil them for 30 seconds, flipping them around in the water with the spoon a couple of times.
Remove the pretzel pieces from the water using the spoon, drain as best you can, and place them on the baking sheets.
 Brush the top of each pretzel with the melted butter and sprinkle with the pretzel/Kosher salt.
Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Brush with remaining melted butter before serving. Serve warm.


Cheese Sauce

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (not package pre-shredded cheese – shred your own)
  • Kosher salt
In a small saucepan set over medium heat, melt the butter.  Whisk in the flour and cook for 30 seconds, whisking constantly.

Slowly whisk in the milk until no lumps of flour remain.  Stirring constantly, bring the milk to a simmer over medium-low heat until it thickens, about 3-5 minutes.  Remove the pan from the stove and stir in the shredded cheese until all of the cheese has melted.  Add a pinch of salt, if needed.  Serve warm.  Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave on medium power at 30 second intervals.


  1. Love the pretzels!!! I can't take credit for the video...Trina actually got them. Thanks Trina!!

  2. problem! :)

    Pretzels were so YUMMY. I am kinda craving them right now. :)

    1. They are still in my fridge if you are interested!! :)


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