Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Cheeseburger Pretzel Bombs

In continuing with our very lazy summer, we've been spending quite a bit of time perusing our library for good reads. I came across the cookbook section recently, and spent forever just standing in that section looking through different recipes, my mouth watering endlessly. I have consistently had 2-3 cookbooks checked out since then. I've always loved looking through cookbooks, but I don't buy them anymore since you can basically find any recipe on the internet. But when you can borrow them to look through, find some inspiration for good recipes, and then return them... that's a good way to waste away summer.

So I found this book (buy it here), and wanted to make almost every recipe in it. I tried three recipes the first week and loved them all.

But when I came across these pretzel bombs, my head almost exploded. I had no idea how easy it was to pretzelize something! It's one of those recipes that you just hope is as easy as it looks. The whole time I was making them, I was thinking, "I hope this works, I hope this works" over and over again. And guess what? It worked! 

I'm not posting the exact recipe, because I didn't follow the exact recipe (I changed the filling, but followed the pretzel part). The possibilities are endless with this one. I'll tell you my ideas for other pretzel bombs once I show you what I did with this one. 

Here's what you need for the pretzel part of this:
Refrigerated pizza dough (in the refrigerator section, by the refrigerated biscuits. I have also tried making these with a pizza dough mix and they did NOT work as well. Stick with the roll out kind.)
Very secret ingredient (baking soda!!!!)
An egg (for brushing over the top before they are baked)
Sea salt (for sprinkling over the top before they are baked)

And then whatever you want to fill it with:
The recipe in the book called for frozen mini meatballs and American cheese

I made my own cheeseburger mixture by cooking a pound of ground turkey with ketchup, mustard, onion powder, diced dill pickle and a little bit of pickle juice. I also used some shredded cheddar. 

So here's what you do. 

Lay out your pizza dough. The recipe says to cut the dough into 14 strips, but for my recipe, those strips ended up being too much dough. I tried some smaller ones, and they worked much better. So try one out by putting a pile of filling on the dough and then wrap the dough around it to see how much it takes to cover it. You want the dough sealed all the way around the mixture. It's not an exact science. Just make sure your filing can't escape.

Now for the pretzel part. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Once the water is boiling, add 1/4 cup baking soda and stir to mix it in. Bring the water back to a boil. 

Add 3-4 of the dough balls to the boiling water at a time. Let them boil for 30 seconds, stirring them gently. Remove them with a slotted spoon and set them on a paper towel. Dab them dry a bit and then put the on a baking sheet. 

Before baking, brush each dough ball with a beaten egg. Sprinkle with salt (course salt is best), and then bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. The outside should be browned like a pretzel. 

Ta da!

Ideas for variations...

Pizza pretzel bombs - pizza sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni
Spicy cheddar pretzel bombs - cheese sauce and jalapenos
BBQ Chicken pretzel bombs - bbq sauce and diced chicken
Garbage pretzel bombs - whatever you have in your fridge... you get the idea

The possibilities are endless. 

Happy pretzeling! 

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