We made some pepperoni and cheese pretzel bites recently. Basically you take soft pretzel dough and instead of making them into pretzels, you cut them into bite sized pieces and fill the middle with chopped pepperoni and shredded cheese.
Making them, they reminded me of Totino’s pizza rolls, except with soft pretzel dough. These bites are a perfect snack. I liked the salty flavor that the pepperoni and cheese added. You can even get some marinara sauce for dipping. I am submitting this post to Yeastspotting.
Recipe: Pizza Pretzel Bites
(adapted from Alton Brown)
- 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/8 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup pepperoni, chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- Combine the warm water, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope. Using a sharp knife, cut rope into 1 inch pieces.
- Flatten each piece of dough and put a few pieces of cheese and pepperoni in the middle and then roll the dough back up, sealing all sides.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
- Using a large sauce pan, fill with water. Bring the water to a boil and add the baking soda.
- Place the pretzels into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mat.
- Beat one large egg. Brush the top of each pretzel bite with the beaten egg. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6-8 minutes.