Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces

Recipes for the championship game! #foodiefootballfans Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces - A Simpler Grace

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With the football season coming to a close, it's time to start thinking about championship game parties and the recipes we will make for them! In celebration, I've joined up with a group of bloggers from all over the country - all of whom are big football fans! - in one final collaboration to bring you football-inspired recipes this season. In August, we shared our favorite tailgating recipes and we met up again in October to share more than 60 team-inspired recipe ideas for celebrating on game day. Today, we are sharing our favorite Superbowl snacks. Click on their links below to join in!

I also wanted to give a big shout out to Susannah from Feast + West and Erin from The Speckled Palate for coordinating this fun blogger collaboration. It took so much time and effort for them to organize and pull this three-post series off with over sixty food bloggers! You gals rock!!
When I think of the championship game, I think of how much I love dips! There are tons of delicious dip ideas, and today, I'm sharing two of my favorites and my recipe for homemade soft pretzel bites. Keep reading for my beer cheese dip and honey mustard sauce!

Recipes for the championship game! #foodiefootballfans Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces - A Simpler Grace

One of the classic combinations is pretzels and mustard, so my honey mustard dipping sauce is a classic recipe with a little kick. I also wanted to create a heartier dip that would really grab a hold of the pretzel, chip or veggie you are eating it with. The beer cheese is both tangy and creamy and oh-so-good!

Recipes for the championship game! #foodiefootballfans Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces - A Simpler Grace



Soft Pretzels
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 cups water + 2/3 cup baking soda
  • kosher salt for sprinkling
Beer Cheese Dip
  • 1 lb extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup favorite beer (ales and lagers taste the best)
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp smokey BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Honey Mustard Dip
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste


For the soft pretzels:
  1. Preheat oven to 475° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine yeast, warm water, and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment and let stand about two minutes. Your mixture will look frothy when it is ready. Mix in your table salt and melted butter until combined. Add flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough forms and it is no longer sticky to touch. You might need a little more or less flour depending on your climate and temperature. The dough should "bounce back" when you press your finger into it. When you've reached this point, it is ready to knead.
  3. Dump your dough out onto a non-floured surface and knead for about five minutes until it is smooth and pliable. Place back in your mixer bowl and let it rest and rise for 15 minutes.
  4. While your dough is resting, combine the 10 cups of water and baking soda in a large pot on the stovetop. Bring to a rolling boil then turn down the heat to medium. 
  5. When your dough is finished resting, turn it back out onto a non-floured surface. Tear off handful-sized pieces and roll each into a long rope, about an inch thick. Using a knife or dough scraper, cut your ropes into 1-inch pieces. 
  6. Add your pretzel bites to your baking soda bath a handful at a time and let them "simmer" for 30 seconds then immediately strain them in a slotted spoon and place on your parchment-lined baking sheet. This baking soda bath will help the pretzels turn that golden brown color in the oven. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown. Serve warm or refrigerate for up to three days and warm in the microwave prior to serving.
For the beer cheese:
  1. Using the shredder disk on your food processor, shred your cheese. 
  2. Switch out the shredder attachment for the chopping/mixing blade and add all remaining ingredients. Pulse until completely combined. You might need to scrape the sides of your bowl with a spatula and continue processing.
  3. Scoop mixture into a bowl and serve immediately. Can be refrigerated in an air-tight container for up to a week and served cold or lightly heated.
For the honey mustard:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk until combined.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to a week.
Recipes for the championship game! #foodiefootballfans Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces - A Simpler Grace

I hope you enjoy these yummy dipping sauces and the pretzel bites. When I made these for my family, they didn't last long and I'm sure you'll have the same luck in your house! Now, don't forget to click the links below to check out the delicious game-day noshes shared by the other bloggers in the group!

Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom's Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake 'n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n' Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life's Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

What is your favorite game day snack? Who are you cheering for in the big game?

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  1. Oh my word, those pretzel bites look PERFECT! I'm thinking of making some right now!

  2. Oh this sounds SO good! Might have to make it for the big Packer game this weekend!! :-)

  3. Yummy! Pretzels are best warm, so it's great to make at home. Pinning for the Superbowl!

  4. Anything with cheese and pretzels is already a win in my book! So delicious!

  5. These look like absolute HEAVEN!!! Ahhh so divine!!



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  6. Oh these look simply delectable! I would love to make these for my next party!

  7. Let me know what you think if you try them!

  8. These look delicious, saving this to Pinterest!

  9. The family loves it when I make soft pretzel bites and this dip sounds really great along with them.

  10. Hope you enjoy them if you give the recipes a try!

  11. Let me know what you think if you try the recipe!

  12. I love soft pretzels!!! I get them all the time from Aunt Annie's. I love dipping mine in the sweet glaze sauce. This is a great round up!!!

  13. I love soft pretzels too but I've found that some shops put WAY too much salt on them. I like making my own so I can control that. :)

  14. Pretzel bites sound delicious!

  15. They were great! Thanks for coming by to check out the recipe!

  16. I am going to be honest and say that I am not a pretzel fan but that looks incredible. That I could eat right now.

  17. Wow! Thank you! I will mention that the beer cheese dip is GREAT on sliced vegetables. :)

  18. This looks like absolute heaven! Definitely pinning this for once I'm off this Whole 30 deal. Yum!

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  19. i love love love pretzels so this is making me so happy!

  20. These look absolutely delicious! I love soft pretzels but I have never tried making them myself.

  21. Making soft pretzels is a little time intensive but totally worth it!

  22. These soft pretzel bites look amazing! I could definitely eat the whole batch myself.

  23. Joscelyn | WifemamafoodieJanuary 19, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Mmm, these look and sound amazing! Anything bread-y is my weakness, so I will definitely be trying these soon!

  24. This looks tasty, I wanna try

  25. I love soft pretzel bites!! Thanks to for sending me here!

  26. Yay! You'll have to give them a try and let me know what you think!