Homemade Pretzel Bites
with Jalapeño Cheese Beer Dip
by Andrea Alden
Piles of pretzels
- 1½ cups of hot water
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. melted butter
- 2¼ tsp. active dry yeast (nearly one whole envelope)
- 2½ tsp. salt
- 4½ cups of flour
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- parchment paper or a silpat
- 1 egg, beaten
- coarse salt for topping
Jalapeño Cheese Beer Dip
- 1 package cream cheese (1 cup), room temperature, cut into cubes
- 4 cups of shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey jack, Havarti, any of your favorites)
- 2/3 cup of Punk IPA by Brewdog, or your favorite IPA beer
- 1 - 3 jalapeño peppers, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, combine the hot water (not boiling), brown sugar, melted butter and the yeast. Allow the yeast to activate for 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer on to low and add the salt, then gradually add your flour, ½ cup at a time, until a dough ball forms, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
Pour the olive oil into a bowl and place the dough into the bowl to rise. Cover with plastic wrap or a warm and damp tea towel. Rising should take from 30 to 60 minutes. You want the dough to double in size.
Preheat the grill to 425°F, preparing to use the indirect grilling method. On the side burner, bring a pot of water to boil, add the baking soda.
Divide the dough into manageable chunks and roll them into snakes. Cut the snakes of dough into ¾-inch chunks, rolling those chunks into balls. Boil the balls in the baking soda water for about 30 seconds, then arrange them on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all balls have been boiled.
Brush the tops of every pretzel bite with the beaten egg, sprinkle with salt and bake for 8 to 12 minutes using indirect heat, or until they’re all deep golden brown.
While your pretzels are baking, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese, jalapeño, garlic, and beer in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk gently as everything combines, and the mixture is smooth.
Serve everything warm, pretty much right away. Don’t forget napkins, and beer.
Snack time while watching the big game just got even better with these Homemade Pretzel Bites with Jalapeño Cheese Beer Dip. The floral notes of Brewdog’s Punk IPA beer make an excellent addition to this recipe, however, there are so many delicious pale ales out there that would be ideal for adding to this recipe. What’s your favorite beer to pair with pretzels?