Hey all, its me lol. Been a few weeks so I decided to post about something “yeasty” and yummy, in Ava’s words “yummy in my tum tummy” lol. These homemade variety pack soft pretzels will have you saying that exact thing. Then add the sriracha cheddar/pepper jack dipping sauce and it takes it up a whold bunch of notches. I mean who doesn’t love cheese, and yummy bread-like snacks? I know I sure do, and I’ve been trying to cut back on bread and white starch. Needless to say, I had a craving for some pretzels.
I made this on a day that I had plans to go see the recent Acrimony movie with my friends. No judging but I shamelessly took a pretzel and dipping sauce with me as a snack lol. I mean c’mon, pretzels cost an arm and leg at the theater, plus I think mine was better haha. Now cut me some slack, especially since I rarely ever eat popcorn. Also in my defense I made a couple of different types, whereas I’m pretty sure most theaters only offer one single type and literally a crap load of different toppings to dounce it with. Anyhow, check out below some of the awesomeness…
Variety Pack 🙂
In keeping it real, pretzels are pretty hard to resist. Just think about how when you go to the mall and the Auntie Ann’s is being voraciously pumped at you through the vents. As someone heavily opposed to fast food it even makes my senses go wild. Actually, my favorite place to get a soft pretzel is at the Wetzel’s Pretzel in Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall. Their dough is always soft and buttery with really great flavor. I usually get the cheese pretzel without marinara–gotta save on some calories lol. But as much as I love getting a pretzel from the mall, I feel it’s always better to make food at home. Let’s be honest, doing it the good ol’ fashin DIY-way allows you to avoid completely or at least limit the preservatives, as well as add whatever ingredients your heart desires. With just a hand full of ingredients you can create your own pretzels that your friends and/or family will be impressed with, and for a lot less in cost.
Michael’s favorite pretzel was this cinnamon sugar one…. (Him and Ava have really bad “sweet toothes”…must be a July thing haha)
So this recipe takes a little more than 2 hours to be ready to eat. The dipping sauce is made with just a small hand full of ingredients, which includes: butter, flour, milk, cheese and srirach. This in contrast tomost dipping sauces served at the mall in the little peel-away containters with a whole bunch of who-knows-what ingredients all meant to prolong the life of the product, is actually not all that bad for you. I’m phrasing it like that because it still contains a good deal of fat and chlosterol after all…that cannot be avoided here haha. But no, this sauce is simple, slightly spicy, cheesy, smoky, and takes about just 10 minutes to come together. The pretzels keep well for 2-3 days in a sealed container that’s unrefrigerated. Just heat up slightly the next day and you are good to go! Now you will want to keep the dipping sauce in the fridge, as it will go bad on you if left out. As you may tell, I was pretty excited about this one. It is so simple that I can confidently say so that nearly anyone can make this recipe. So again, I thought I would share with you all… check it out!