Pizza Pretzel Bites

Today is one of my favorite days of the year…the start of college football season. Yeah, yeah I know, a few other teams have been playing the past few days, but it doesn’t technically start until the Buckeyes play. My husband and I are huge Ohio State Fans. :D It kind of comes with the territory growing up in Columbus, Ohio. Although neither Andrew or I chose to go to undergrad at Ohio State, Andrew did end up going to Ohio State for medical school. We have been to many games over the years and have never missed a game even if it is against an unranked team. ;) Andrew and his brother even went to cheer on Ohio State when they went to the National Championship Game in 2002. Now that we have moved to Peoria (over seven hours away) we can’t go to all the games we want. But that doesn’t stop us from flying our OSU flag, wearing our jerseys and beads and making homemade Buckeyes to eat during the game. We are very excited that the Buckeyes will be playing Illinois in Champaign on October 15…you can bet where we will be that day! ;)

We usually end up ordering a pizza and drinking a few cold drinks as we cheer on the Buckeyes. I wanted to make some pizza bites for the first Ohio State game of the season, so I searched on Foodgawker and found these delicious pretzel pizza bites on Two Pea’s & Their Pod. Pizza and pretzels together? Yes, please! One of my favorite appetizers to make for game day are Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites, so I knew that these would be a hit!

You can stuff these the night before and place them in the refrigerator. When you are ready to make just let them rise on the counter while you boil the water and preheat the oven. Just boil, bake and serve. You can be back to watching your favorite team instead of messing around in the kitchen. Just make sure you make enough if you are having a few friends over for the game, these go fast! Serve with warm pizza sauce for the perfect snack or party appetizer. Oh yeah…and GO BUCKS! :D

Pizza Pretzel Bites

Yield: about 4 ½ dozen pretzel bites

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces
Shredded mozzarella cheese
5 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt
Pizza sauce-for dipping

Directions:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix together the water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the salt and flour to the yeast mixture. Knead dough at medium speed until a smooth and elastic ball forms, 3 to 4 minutes. If dough is sticky, add 1 tablespoons of flour at a time until dough comes together.
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and turn the dough to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 21 inch rope. Cut the dough into 3-inch pieces to make the pretzel bites.

Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin.

Stuff with pepperoni and cheese.

Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Place on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add the baking soda and lower heat to a simmer. Carefully boil pretzels in batches. Boil for about 30 seconds.

Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.

Source: adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod, originally from Bobby Flay

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80 Responses to “Pizza Pretzel Bites”

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    Amanda — September 3, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    I have to say ever since I have subscribed to your blog it’s like getting a daily dose of sunshine. Everything you make excites and energizes me to get into the kitchen and create. I feel like we have kindred food spirits lol! Thank you for sharing you gastronomic adventures! P.S. The pic of you and the hubby with the pups is sooo sweet!

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

      Amanda,
      Your comment just made my day! You are so sweet! I am so glad that I can deliver a daily dose of sunshine to you! :)

      • Gina replied: — February 4th, 2012 @ 10:27 am

        Can you make the dough ahead of time?

        • Christina replied: — February 4th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

          Gina,
          I would not make the dough ahead of time since it is a yeast dough. You can prepare them up to the baking point and freeze them though. Just make sure you let them cool completely after poaching. Just throw them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. When ready to make, place onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, let thaw 5 minutes and bake as directed. If you give them a try I would love to know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Shannon Petaja — September 3, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    They look great. We are from Michigan and our daughter starts Ohio State the middle of September. So between Michigan State and the Buckeye fans we will enjoy these. Thanks!

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

      Shannon,
      Good luck to your daughter starting at OSU…I am sure she will love it. Columbus is a great town to live in and OSU is wonderful! I hope you enjoy the recipe…they are a favorite here in my house, especially during football season! ;)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 3, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    I’m sitting with a bunch of Michigan fans so I had to hide my computer screen to read this post:-) It was worth it, though- these look fantastic!

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    Kristy Jo — September 3, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    OMW, these look so yummy!
    I happened upon your site and I am totally making these. I wish I would have found this recipe before the U of M and Western game started today. These would have been super to put out for my hubby and the kids. However, I am still going to make them this weekend. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      Let me know how they turn out for you! I hope they are as big of a hit at your house as they were at mine! :)

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    Megan — September 3, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    I just showed a picture of these to my fiancé, and he was like, we have pepperoni in the fridge. I think he wants me to make them now! Ha. They look amazing. Also, so random, but some of his friends are visiting this weekend, and we met them for brunch this morning, and they are huge Ohio State fans too and were heading to a bar by Fenway to watch the game.

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    Amy — September 3, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

    You guys sure get decked out for football! :) This looks like a tasty game-day snack. YUM!

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    Bluejellybeans — September 3, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    OMG, these look great Christina! My husband spend one year studying at Lorain, Ohio, so he’s a fan too. I will reserve these for the first match of Real Madrid wich is our team here at Madrid. But go Bucks too!

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    chocolateandcarrots — September 3, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

    Woah. I’d much rather be eating that than my salad right about now. Mmmmm! So good! :-)

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    ChgoJohn — September 3, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    Now this is a game day snack! Great recipe, great post!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — September 3, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    Um, just so you know, I plan to make these soon. And often. They look so good!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — September 3, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    Wow, this is quite impressive game day food. I saw the picture and was thinking super bowl.

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    thefooddoctor — September 4, 2011 @ 1:35 am

    This looks amazing…I bet these make an amazing appetizer for a party…

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    chicaandaluza — September 4, 2011 @ 3:39 am

    These look fantastic – I´m defintely more a salty/savoury person than sweet, so these would definitely be a big hit with me. Have to say I love your pooches too…so cute! I have a particularly soft spot for yorkies as I had one and when she died (an old lady after a long and happy life) I was able to take a few months off from my business and came to Spain to learn the language, then met my “Big Man” and my life changed forever…i like to think she had a little hand in it!

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    Shaz (Feedingmykidsbetter) — September 4, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    Sounds like amazing party food!

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    Divine Dinner Party — September 4, 2011 @ 6:01 pm

    These look fanta-bulous! Perfect for a day of watching sports on cable TV. Don’t forget the ice cold beer mugs!

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    The Teenage Taste — September 4, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    Homemade pretzels are delicious enough, but stuff them with cheese and pepperoni and you have some seriously addicting stuff! Thanks for sharing, Christina! :-)

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    Lynn — September 4, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    This sounds awesome! I’m going to make them for the start of hockey season!

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    fivefinickyeaters — September 4, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    What a great lunch box idea!

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    Lori — September 4, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

    Are you kidding me? Pretzels and pizza, together at last! I have a major pretzel weakness,….and well, pizza? That just goes witout saying! Love it!

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    sportsglutton — September 5, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Great recipe and congrats on winning your first game this year…even if it was against Akron. ;-)

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    Katie — September 5, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    Those look WAY too good. Seriously.

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    briarrose — September 5, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    These are perfect nibbles for game day. Beautiful job.

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    Beth Michelle — September 6, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    There is nothing quite like college football season. I went to The U so I will forever be a Miami Canes fan!! I have made pretzel bites before but nothing like these! They look so so good. I am bookmarking this!!

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    Fran@fransfavs.com — September 6, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Well, Christina, here’s where you and I will have to part ways! With my son having graduated from the University of Illinois last year and one of my twin daughters a senior there this year, you know who I will be rooting for. I will have to admit, however, it is always a huge dilemma when U of I plays UW-Madison where my other daughter attends! As always, your photos have made me drool. I’ve bookmarked this appetizer for the next time the kids are home on break.

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    Erin — September 6, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Hooray for a fellow Buckeye fan! I went there for undergrad and loved it. I wish I lived closer (I am in Memphis now for graduate school), but I go back once a year with my alumni tickets! These pizza pretzel bites sound like the perfect addition to the next football party I host :-). Oh and O-H!

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    Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry — September 8, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    You and youre husband are just TOO cute for words! And also… I LOVE this recipe. Looks like it would be really fun to make and a really different thing to bring to a football-watching party! (Not your usual, chips and dip.) Thanks. Bookmarking this one right now!

    • prettyhungrygirl replied: — April 29th, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

      We made these this weekend and LOVED them! But, a few words to the wise… put the baking soda into the boiling water slowly. If you dump the 3/4 cup in at once, it will volcano out all over your stovetop (learned that the hard way.) Also, I don’t know if there’s a difference in baking them on wax paper vs. parchment paper… but wax paper was a big mistake. We had to cut every pretzel off the paper after baking. They were fused to it. Very delicious though, once we were finally able to eat them!

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    The Hem of His Garment — September 8, 2011 @ 11:29 am

    These look great!! I will have to try these for sure! :)

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    Aggie — September 9, 2011 @ 6:38 am

    These look awesome!! I love game day food! (we’re Gators :) )

    Love the pic of you and your hubby and pups in your gear!

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    Taste-of-PhD — September 10, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    This pretzel bites look awesome… thanks for the clear recipe :D
    I will try them !

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    Erin @ Making Memories — September 11, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Oh my heck! I wish I had these right now. They look wonderful!!!

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    rae — October 10, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    YUM! These looks amazing! And I love your blog, even though you’re an Ohio State fan. Go MSU! :)

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    caitlambert — October 10, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    This sounds really good! Your husband must be lucky to have you as a cook. :) Nice blog!

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    travelgirl34 — October 11, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    All of your recipes look so yummy! I live in China and I really miss this type of food. Thank you for sharing, now I can have a little taste of home!

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    kim — October 17, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Do you mean 3 T. or 3 ounces of butter? Is 3 ounces almost a whole stick?

    • Christina replied: — October 18th, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

      Kim,
      The recipe calls for 3 ounces of butter, or 6 tablespoons. If you give this recipe a try I would love to know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Kelly — November 4, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Does anyone know if this dough freezes well?

    • Christina replied: — November 8th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      Kelly,
      I have not tried freezing them; however, I bet if you prepare them up to baking they would be great. Make sure you let them cool completely after poaching. Just throw them in a Ziploc bag and freeze. When ready to make, place onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet, let thaw 5 minutes and bake as directed. If you give them a try I would love to know how they turn out for you! )

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    Emily Grebenc — November 6, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    I made these yesterday for the Alabama LSU game and they were a big hit! They took a bit longer than I anticipated (since you have to make all the little bites one by one) but with a little help from my hubby they turned out great! These will definately be a repeat!

    • Christina replied: — November 8th, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

      Emily,
      I love to hear that everyone enjoyed the pizza pretzel bites. They do take a little more time to make but they are soo worth it! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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    melissa J — January 2, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    I love these, though I did make a variation from the recipe. I used small chunks of mozzarella that I rolled in some italian seasonings & crushed red pepper. After the water bath, I skipped the egg wash. After I baked them, I brushed them with melted butter and tossed them in a pinch of garlic powder w/ parm cheese. So yummy!!!

    • Christina replied: — January 3rd, 2012 @ 8:57 am

      Melissa,
      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! I will definitely have to try the mozzarella chunks next time! Thanks so much for sharing your variation! :)

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    Stacy Daugherty — January 14, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Made these today for the first time! Very scared to try it, but they looked so yummy. I have never made anything from scratch before. It took me two tries with the dough, but they came out amazing.

    • Christina replied: — January 18th, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

      Stacy,
      Yea! I am so happy they turned out for you!! These are one of my favorite appetizers, especially during football season! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! :D

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