Pretzel Bites in Better than a Boyfriend Cheese Sauce

If you were in New England, yesterday was a great day for commercials and food.  Especially when the food is mainly eaten covered in cheese or hot sauce.  Well I wanted to elevate my Super Bowl game with a new recipe.  And let me tell you, I knocked it out of the park (that’s a football term right?) with this recipe.  If you are a beginner this recipe may be a little intimidating, but honestly it was very simple and easy to complete in a short amount of time. Also, this cheese sauce is everything and more.  It is happiness, it is  joy, it is WAY better than any boyfriend you could ever have.  It is a bold statement, but I stand by it, plus its controversial and maybe got you to check this recipe out so, no loss!

Ingredients:

For the Pretzel Bites:

  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 3/4 – 4.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • sea salt for serving

For the Wine and Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (although I used more like 3/4 cup) white wine
  • 1 cup chopped cheese (I used provolone and colby jack cheese sticks)
  • 1 pinch salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash dijon mustard

How to:

  1. Begin by dissolving the yeast into the warm water in a large bowl.
  2. Add half of the sugar and let sit for a minute.
  3. Then stir in the rest of the sugar, the salt, and the melted butter (let it cool a bit first)
  4. Slowly start adding in the flour, cup at a time. Stirring with a wooden spoon, continue to add the flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  5. If you poke the dough, and it rebounds back, it is ready to be kneaded.
  6. Lay onto a floured surface and knead for 3 minutes.  Then place back into a pan sprayed bowl and let sit for 10 minutes covered tightly.
  7. While this is getting ready cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set your oven to 425
  8. And bring a sauce pot filled with water to a rolling boil.
  9. Once the 10 minutes are up, cut the dough ball into 6 sections.
  10. Roll each section into 20 inch ropes and then cut into 1.5 inch bite sized pieces.
  11. Once the water is at a rolling boil, add in the baking soda.
  12. Then drop in 8-10 pieces and let them boil for 20 seconds, use a slatted spatula to transfer them to the baking sheets.
  13. Once you have done this with all of the pieces, prepare an egg wash with 1 egg and a little splash of water beaten together.
  14. Using a brush or the back of a spoon, brush each of the bites with egg wash.  Then sprinkle on course sea salt.
  15. Once everything is brushed and ready, place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  16. While these are baking, lets make the cheese sauce!

CHEESY GOODNESS!

  1. Begin by melting the butter in a sauce pan. Once the butter is melted, add in the flour and stir until combined on low heat.
  2. Once combined add in the milk and stir until fully combined. Using a silicone spatula will be easiest.
  3. Let this cook for a few minutes and it will begin to thicken up.  Then add in the wine and turn the heat up to just a little lighter than medium.
  4. The milk and wine will separate, but keep stirring! Don’t worry!
  5. Now add in your spices and continue stirring.
  6. Time to add the cheese!  Stir it all in and once melted you are ready to go!
  7. I let it sit in a crock pot until I was ready to eat it!
  8. SO GOOD EAT IT ON EVERYTHING!

And this is how you make friends, bring these along and everyone will be happy!

 

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