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Soft Pretzel Bites with Cheddar Sauce

Our soft pretzel bites recipe is a delicious, salty, homemade appetizer that’s complete with an easy to make cheese sauce.
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 443 kcal

Ingredients
  

Pretzel Bites

  • 1 1/2 cup water lukewarm
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant rise yeast 1/4 oz packet
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • coarse salt for sprinkling

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cup mild cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard powder

Instructions
 

Pretzel Bites

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer add warm water and instant yeast. Whisk together.
  • Add the butter, brown sugar, and salt to the yeast mixture. Whisk until combined.
  • Fit the dough hook on the mixer and turn on low speed. Slowly add in 3 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is combined and pulling away from the sides.
    PRO TIP: If dough is still sticky, add flour, and an additional 1/4 cup at a time until no longer sticky and dough bounces back when poked with your finger.
  • Place the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand for 2 minutes and then shape into a ball. Place in a large mixing bowl that has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • While your dough is resting, bring a large pot of water and baking soda to a boil. Cut dough into six equal pieces. Roll each piece into 1 inch long ropes. Cut each rope into 1 1/2 inch bites.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Add each piece of cut dough into the boiling water (work in batches) and let cook for 20 seconds. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place pretzel bites on the baking sheets evenly spaced about an inch apart.
  • In a small bowl combine egg and water. Beat together. Brush beaten egg wash over each pretzel bite and then sprinkle with coarse salt.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and let bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cheese Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat the butter. Once the butter is melted add flour and whisk together until no lumps remain.
  • Turn heat to medium and slowly whisk in milk. Let cook over medium heat whisking often for about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.
  • Add cheese, salt, pepper, and ground mustard. Whisk to combine until smooth. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 16gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 2409mgPotassium: 200mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 613IUCalcium: 264mgIron: 3mg