So apparently this little thing called the Super Bowl is happening…I’m not really into football – I never went to a school that had a football team, so I never learned the rules. I basically have no idea what’s going on beyond: Get ball to the other side. So my plan for game day? Supply the snacks, have some apple cider and put the final touches on our new Blogger Resources section that’s launching next week. (Spoiler Alert, it’s awesome!) Oh, and cheer at appropriate times. Go team!
You know what I do love about game day? The food. Lot’s of chips, dips and things to nibble on. Not so great for my 2014 plan to eat clean, but awesomely delicious.
Also awesomely delicious? These Cheezey Stuffed Pretzel Bites. I’ll for sure be bringing them as part of my snack contribution – or at least what’s left of them. They are addicting. Super cheesy, salty and pretzel goodness. Yummers!
I made the bites the other day while my former Country Living coworker, and super fabulous friend Brooke was visiting me. She helped me as I prepared a few treats, we shared a few glasses of prosecco, and she snapped a few behind the scenes shots for me. (Want to check them out? Follow me on Instagram!) She was a big fan of these Bites (Once I remembered to add the salt. Oops!). If I’m the sugar addict, she loves the salty. And these got the Brooke seal of approval.Also, these little bites aren’t that hard to make. I’m always a little wary when I work with dough, and I’d never really made pretzels before. I honestly wast sure what I was getting myself into when I started mixing things up. But other than waiting for the dough to rise, these are so easy! The instructions are basically this: Make dough. Put cheese in dough. Roll into a ball, brush with oil and a bit of salt and bake. That’s it! 20 minutes of work for an awesome snack that I promise will disappear in a few minutes.Now, I used Daiya shredded Pepperjack Vegan cheeze in this – but their mozzarella or cheddar would work too. And if your not vegan, any actual shredded cheese would work great! I personally really liked the kick that the pepperjack gave, but any kind of cheesy pretzel is really a win, isn’t it?
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- 1 pack Active Dry Yeast
- 3/4 cup Warm Water + 3 cups Warm Water
- 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar
- 2 1/2 cups Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted + 1 knob
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- Coarse Sea Salt, for sprinkling
- 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice.
- In a large bowl add yeast, agave nectar and 3/4 cups warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Add flour and salt and knead for several minutes until dough is smooth. Use knob of Coconut Oil and grease inside of bowl.
- Cover bowl with a fowl and put in a warm place for 90 minutes.
- After 90 minutes, punch dough down and knead it some more.
- Preheat oven to 450°
- Take small pieces of dough and flatten them out until 1/4 inch thick and the size of your palm. Place a tablespoon of shredded cheese inside dough, and pinch dough at one end to seal up ball. Roll ball in your hand to create a round shape. Do this until all dough is used up, about 18-20 balls.
- Fill a bowl with baking soda and 3 cups warm water. Dunk each ball in water and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush with with melted coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, when golden colored and crispy. Eat warm.