• Baked Pretzel Bites and Beer Cheese Dip
 
  • Baked Pretzel Bites and Beer Cheese Dip
 

Baked
Pretzel Bites
and Beer Cheese Dip

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time25 mins
  • Serves6 - 8
  • HardwoodPecan

The all-star duo of soft pretzels and cheese sauce decided to add in some golden suds to take this winning combo from damn good to absolutely amazing. We start with baking pretzel bites from scratch and then combine that with a delicious beer-cheese sauce made out of white cheddar, gruyere, cream cheese and your favorite lager.

Ingredients

Pretzel Bites:

  • 1-1/2 CUPS WARM WATER (110 TO 115 DEGREES F)
  • 1 TBSP SUGAR
  • 2 TBSP JACOBSON SMOKE SEA SALT
  • 1 PACKAGE ACTIVE DRY YEAST
  • 4-1/2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 2 OZ MELTED UNSALTED BUTTER
  • VEGETABLE OIL SPRAY, FOR PAN
  • 10 CUPS WATER

Beer Cheese Dip:

  • 8 oz CREAM CHEESE
  • 1/2 cup SHARP WHITE CHEDDAR
  • 1/2 cup SHREDDED GRUYERE
  • 1/2 cup LAGER
  • 1/2 tsp ONION POWDER
  • 1/2 tsp SALT
  • 1/4 tsp BLACK PEPPER

Pretzel Bites:

  • 1-1/2 CUPS WARM WATER (110 TO 115 DEGREES F)
  • 1 TBSP SUGAR
  • 2 TBSP JACOBSON SMOKE SEA SALT
  • 1 PACKAGE ACTIVE DRY YEAST
  • 4-1/2 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 2 OZ MELTED UNSALTED BUTTER
  • VEGETABLE OIL SPRAY, FOR PAN
  • 10 CUPS WATER
  • 2/3 CUP BAKING SODA
  • 1 LARGE EGG YOLK BEATEN WITH 1 TBSP WATER
  • JACOBSEN SMOKED SEA SALT

Beer Cheese Dip:

  • 8 oz CREAM CHEESE
  • 1/2 cup SHARP WHITE CHEDDAR
  • 1/2 cup SHREDDED GRUYERE
  • 1/2 cup LAGER
  • 1/2 tsp ONION POWDER
  • 1/2 tsp SALT
  • 1/4 tsp BLACK PEPPER

Preparation

When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 350 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a stand mixer bowl, combine water, sugar, salt and sprinkle dry yeast on top. Let sit for 5 to 6 minutes until it starts to foam on top.

With the hook attachment, add flour and butter to bowl and mix on low until well combined. Then mix on medium for about 5 minutes until dough is smooth and pulls away from the side.

Remove dough from bowl and spray bowl well with vegetable oil spray. Return dough to bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise, doubling in size.

While dough rises, bring to a boil 10 cups of water and the baking soda. When dough is ready, divide into four equal pieces rolling each into a rope.

Cut up each rope into 1-inch pieces weighing around 17 grams each. Drop pretzel bites into the boiling water for 30 seconds about 15 at a time. Remove each one with a slotted spoon and place on a parchment lined sheet pan.

Brush pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with smoked sea salt. Bake in the Traeger for about 20 to 25 minutes.

While the pretzels are baking, make the cheese sauce. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, white cheddar, gruyere, lager, onion powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and pour into a small cast iron pan.

Place the cast iron pan directly on the grill grate next to the pretzels and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.

Serve pretzel bites hot with beer cheese sauce. Enjoy!

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  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time10 mins
  • Cook time25 mins
  • Serves6 - 8
  • HardwoodPecan