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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

Prep Time:45 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Serves:24
Skip the stadium and get your soft pretzel fix at home with these Soft Pretzel Bites. Just in time for the big game, this recipe includes a classic nacho cheese dip that makes this appetizer a must before any big plays, long passes, or blowout wins. Add even more flavor by sprinkling on garlic salt, parmesan, or make a dessert version by swapping out salt for cinnamon sugar and cheese dip for chocolate sauce.

Ingredients

Soft Pretzel Bites: 

  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet (2-1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast 
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 cups Kodiak Cakes Oat & Honey Flapjack & Waffle Mix 

 

Baking soda water:

  • 9 cups water 
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

 

Toppings:

  • 1 large egg beaten
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling 

 

Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 cups whole milk, room temperature 
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Soft Pretzel Bites:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir the 1-1/2 cups water and yeast together and let sit for about 5 minutes or until frothy.
  4. Add the brown sugar, melted butter, and salt to the yeast water. Mix well.
  5. Add the Kodiak Cakes Oat & Honey Flapjack and Waffle Mix, 1 cup at a time. Use a wooden spoon or dough hook to mix the dough until it is thick. Add a little bit more Kodiak Cakes Mix until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Sprinkle Kodiak Cakes mix onto your work surface (a marble slab or countertop will work fine). Place the dough on the surface. Knead the dough for 3-4 minutes, then shape into a ball.
  7. Grease a clean mixing bowl lightly with oil. Add the ball of dough to the bowl. Cover and let the dough rest in a warm area for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  8. When the dough is ready, cut the dough ball into 6 sections. Roll each section into ropes and cut the ropes into 1-1/2 inch pieces to form bite-sized balls.
  9. Prepare the baking soda water by adding 9 cups of water and ½ cup baking soda to a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  10. Add about 6 pretzel bites into the boiling water. Remove with a slotted spoon after 10 seconds. Spread the cooked pretzel bites onto the parchment-lined baking sheets.
  11. Use a fork to beat the egg in a small bowl.
  12. Brush the beaten egg over each pretzel bite. Then, sprinkle the with coarse sea salt.
  13. Bake each pans for 10-15 minutes each, or until golden. Optional: Broil for 3 minutes to make the bites extra crispy.
  14. Remove from oven and serve with cheese sauce or honey mustard for dipping.

Cheese Sauce:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium to low heat.
  2. Slowly add the flour while constantly whisking.  Leave heat on low for 2-3 mins while stirring frequently to create a roux.
  3. Gradually add milk, while continuing to whisk.
  4. Cook for about 5 min on low to medium heat, whisking occasionally.
  5. Gradually whisk in cheese.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Optional to add spice: use your favorite hot sauce, paprika, or cayenne pepper to taste. 
  7. Serve hot with soft pretzel bites.
     

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