Looking back I realized I didn’t finish sharing my October projects. It was a busy month with 40th anniversary celebration for the University of Minnesota Aikido Club and the very chilly Monster Dash sponsored by Team Ortho. M won a nifty little trophy for her wind-up doll costume and my double hair buns held for a loose interpretation of Minnie Mouse.
Anyhoo, the point was Stuffed Pretzel Bites. Yes you can make these at home instead of buying them frozen from the store. Sorta. I cheated and used frozen bread dough but please do not substitute with Grands Biscuits. It may work for substituting in doughnuts and other flaky items but its just not the right texture.
Similar to pizza bubble bread, I wrapped up little packets of pepperoni and mozzarella cheese inside quarters of a Rhode’s frozen bun. You can use a whole bun but I prefer the bites with less dough and more filling.
Then to make them brown nice in the oven and get all pretzely pop the bites into a baking soda bath for about 30 seconds. I did small batches to prevent sticking and a drop in water temperature. Careful when adding the baking soda to the water and use a bigger pot than you expect. This will help keep your stove clean in the long run.
Bake the bites at 425 for 11-15 minutes or until GBD. Immediately remove, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt (sea salt, kosher or specialty salt). Enjoy warm with some warmed spaghetti or pizza sauce to dip!