I admittedly LOVE college football (Go Herd) but am not so into professional sports. I enjoy going to just about any game, those are always exciting…. but when it comes to keeping up with the pro games, I am not your girl. One thing I do get behind is the Super Bowl. Really, its not about the game for me. Its about friends getting together, watching something fun, and having your fill of pub food and brews.
These pretzels should make an appearance at every super bowl party. They are so fluffyand chewy, salty, and really crowd pleasing. You can make the dough ahead, and pop them in the oven. They will be ready to go mid-game and everyone will chow down on these bad boys. Even if football isn’t your thing, these pretzels are still a crowd pleasing favorite.
- 1 packet yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 4 to 4.5 cups flour, start with less and add more if it is SUPER sticky
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, plus more to drizzle in bowl.
- Egg, beaten
- Coarse salt
Mix yeast, sugar, and warm water in a bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes in a warm spot until foamy. Then mix in flour and vegetable oil until dough forms. If the dough is too dry add a TINY bit more water, if it is too sticky, add a TINY bit more flour. Place in an oiled bowl to rest and rise for 1 hour.
After dough rises, cut the dough into even lumps, about golf ball sized for these small pretzels and roll into a snake before forming into the traditional pretzel shape. The longer the snake, the larger your pretzel will be. I just really enjoyed these small ones. They are so cute!
In a large pot bring to a boil 1 cup baking soda and 4 cups hot water. Submerge each pretzel for about 20 seconds in the bath and then place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. In the photo below you can see the size difference between before and after the swim in the baking soda bath.
Whisk one egg yolk and brush over pretzels on the baking sheet prior to sprinkling with salt or toppings of choice. I really enjoy Jacobsen salt and LOVE the sample kit that I have.
Bake in a 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. I served this with a honey mustard dipping sauce, which is like the easiest thing to make EVER. Stir 1 part honey and 2 parts whole grain mustard together. I think a beer cheese would be so fantastic with these as well. You could also get fancy with the toppings, think mall pretzels with cinnamon sugar topping and icing, cheese topped, various spices and herbs; this recipe could be adjusted in tons of ways.