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Baked Soft Pretzels and Beer Cheese

Use your favorite pizza dough recipe to make perfectly chewy, soft pretzels dunked into a tangy beer cheese.

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Servings: 8 pretzels
Prep. Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Oven Temp.: 400 F
Ingredients
For pretzels
2 lbs pizza dough
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
coarse salt, for sprinkling
flour, as needed
5 tbsp baking soda
For the beer cheese
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp flour
cup whole milk
cup beer
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
tbsp Worcestershire sauce
tsp paprika
salt & pepper to taste
Directions
  1. First, prepare the pretzels. Preheat oven to 400F, and line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Lightly flour your work surface, and divide the dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a long and skinny log {make it longer than you think you need}, and twist into the traditional pretzel shape. Repeat with all.
  3. Mix the 5 tbsp of baking powder with water in a large pot, and bring to a boil. Cook each pretzel for about 30 seconds, flipping halfway, then remove and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Brush the pretzels with the melted butter, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown and crisp.
  5. While the pretzels cook, make the beer cheese. In a medium nonstick pot, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour all at once and cook for a couple of minutes, until it smells lightly toasted.
  6. Slowly pour in the milk, followed by the beer, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.
  7. Stir in the cheese until just melted, then remove from heat and add the seasonings.
  8. Serve pretzels and beer cheese warm!

Submitted by: cmelhorn

Source: http://honestcooking.com/

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