Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce #SundaySupper

1.13.2013



Would you consider coming to a birthday where these soft pretzels with spicy beer cheese sauce are served? Even though said pretzels are not as soft, but just amazing-tasting, as the title implies they should be? And if that´s the case and you want to have options, and I tell you there are more than sixty other alternatives to choose from, would you come?

The Sunday Supper table, the wonderful group lead by Isabel and made up of amazing bloggers that got me ankle deep into this magic world of food blogging, is celebrating it´s birthday number 1 with a party! And really, you would be crazy not to come. After all, this is like the party that sums the usual party we have every Sunday, with a list of recipes taken from past events, each being made as is or with whatever modifications, by another fellow sunday supperer. Sort of a greatest hits album.


I made up my mind pretty quickly about choosing this recipe from Heather of GirlichefShe is a friend and an oh-so-talented baker. And baking is my thing. 
Even if right now you´re thinking these pretzels don´t scream that baking is my thing, because they are not plump enough or soft enough, though how can you know how soft they are if you can´t touch them, but I can also tell they are not as soft as they should, baking is my thing.
The recipe is very straightforward and comes together quickly. I think I should´ve added more flour while kneading it. Rookie mistake.


I decided to do it in two batches, sort of a first batch to practice on. I´m glad I did, and you should be glad too since those first pretzels were too big, hardly pretzel-shaped, not golden enough and very unphotogenic. Oh, but they tasted good. Just like a salted pretzel should.
The second try came out as good as I can hope for given the fact that it´s my first time and don´t usually eat pretzels, except when I travel to NYC and think having one with mustard from a street cart to be an unavoidable thing to do in that city. Pretzels are not known here, they might be sold somewhere but I haven´t bumped into them yet.
And I made six instead of four, and that obviously didn´t contribute to the plump factor, more like a squalid newborn than a pudgy michelin look alike.


As with any yeast dough that needs to be shaped, from a simple brioche a tete to a braided danish, practice is all you need. Don´t expect your first pretzel to be perfect. A food blog comes in quite handy on that matter, because when I´m baking a new recipe I will try again and again until I have something that is worthy of a picture, though it might not be exactly what I want it will  definitely be post worthy.


I made the pretzels following the original recipe, and changed the sauce just a bit to suit the fact that I was by myself and didn´t want to make another trip to the supermarket nor have a lot of extra sauce lying around.
These are so addictive with that perfect dipping sauce that´s almost like a spicy fondue, having so much of it would´ve meant having soft pretzels with spicy beer cheese sauce for every meal two days in a row, and I still want to fit in my bikini the rest of the summer. And I´m trying to eat healthier. Ha.



SOFT PRETZELS (find recipe here)

SPICY BEER CHEESE SAUCE

Ingredients
½ cup beer (I used Stella Artois)
2 Tbs sour cream
2 teaspoons minced pickled jalapeños
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese, loosely packed
1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
Salt and black pepper

Directions
Heat beer in small saucepan. When it starts to bubble, add rest of ingredients and whisk until well combined. Let boil for 1 minute and serve with warm pretzels.



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48 comments:

  1. Paula, can you make anything that doesn't make me drool...I love soft pretzels, and the dip looks awesome!

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  2. They look pretty soft and perfect from here! And that sauce - wow! Great choice!

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  3. Wow! The beer sauce looks frigen delish! This would be so perfect for Sunday football!!

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  4. I think the pretzels look great, and the cheese sauce with beer and gruyere - wonderful!

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  5. Yum! I would come to that party any day :)

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  6. They look perfect to me, and I would absolutely come to a birthday party starring them!

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  7. YUM! Well, you know I love these...and I'm so excited that you chose to make them for the birthday bash. I'm sorry they didn't turn out as soft as you wished, but I bet with a few more tries, they'll be just right! Your photos are just gorgeous, Paula. Happy Sunday :)

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  8. It's been way too long since I've had a pretzel. Oh how I wish I could bite into one of those right now. And that cheese sauce...(sigh!)...sounds amazing! :)

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  9. Homemade soft pretzels are totally on my bucket list. I need more free time to cook and bake! lol

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  10. I love the addition of Jalapenos in this!! Looks so soft and delicious!!

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  11. Count me in because I would definitely come to the party for these pretzels and their spicy beer cheese sauce, Paula! They came out beautifully!

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  12. Just may have to make these very soon for Super Bowl, mmmmm can't wait!!

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  13. These are hands-down the most gorgeous pretzels I've ever seen. Bookmarked! My husbands birthday is tomorrow and mine is on Wednesday. I think we should treat ourselves to these. You're amazing!

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  14. yum, yum. What a great tailgating food!

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  15. The fondue style sauce is brilliant! These look perfect.

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  16. Oh yes, I could eat all of these. And I do mean all.

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  17. These pretzels look heavenly my friend, and your photography is incredible :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  18. Yum! Wish I'd had some of these yesterday when I gathered 'round the ole TV to watch my SF Forty Niners!

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  19. Gosh, I wanted to make these when I first saw it on Heather's site, but now you've made me hungry for them all over again! Great job...pinned on Pinterest.

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  20. Girlichef has so many wonderful recipes. I know it was hard to choose but that dip looks amazing with your pretels.

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  21. Oh how I wish I lived next door to you so that I could come over and enjoy some of these beautiful pretzels with you! Your recipes, pictures & posts are just out of this world! I don't know if I am more excited about our Sunday Supper Conference this summer or just the fact that you are coming and I get to meet you!

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  22. Such an elegant take on pretzels, Paula! Gruyere cheese is always a great cheese in bread, on bread or plain and as pretzel sauce.

    So glad we can all enjoy the famous NYC pretzel even if we don't live there =)

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  23. I love your pictures, Paula! These look fabulous! Great choice for this week!

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  24. They look really good!I think I would skip the beer sauce and would have them just with beer :D

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  25. Be still my heart! This is so calling to my German half. Pretzels and beer cheese dip. I also need to try making soft pretzels too. I'm glad you wrote about your experience to help me when I decide to tackle them too.

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  26. I need to make these for my youngest...he is always begging for homemade pretzels and yours are outstanding, my friend!

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  27. Paula, I'd come to any party if I knew you were catering it! These pretzels look divine, I am bookmarking this recipe with the beer cheese sauce for later. Your pictures always make me hungry!

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  28. I don't care what they look like! I will come to the party and eat all of them!

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  29. Paula,
    These pretzels look sooooo good! If I had these in the house, I would be eating these with the beer cheese sauce for every meal two days in a row too!!! YUM. also, your photos are always so beautiful. . like a story. . love them!!

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  30. I think your pretzels look fantastic! We actually made pretzel rolls this past Friday, and they're pretty much all gone! That tells you how much we love pretzels! The next time we make them we'll have to try the beer and cheese sauce though, that sounds right up our alley!

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  31. What a great Super Bowl recipe idea! Perfect for an afternoon in front of the TV, my men will love the soft pretzels!

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  32. Your soft pretzels look wonderful! I haven't had one in forever but am totally craving them. I also used to love eating them with mustard! Yum!

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  33. Well done! Looks like something my stepbrother would enjoy

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  34. OMG, my husband could probably sit and eat the whole thing by himself while watching the Super Bowl.

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  35. How tasty and fun with the dipping sauce!

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  36. Love soft pretzels and sounds amazing served with beer cheese sauce.

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  37. You combined 3 of my favorite things into one post--carbs, beer and cheese. The beer cheese sauce sounds incredible! I've yet to try my hand at making pretzels, but I'm glad you gave the caveat about the first pretzel never being pretty--sometimes I worry that I'm doing it wrong if the first one comes out all wonky. These would be perfect for the superbowl!

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  38. Paula....these pretzels look awesome....and that shot of a piece of pretzel being dipped into that luscious beer cheese sauce is just amazing. Yes..I would come to that party even if this was the only thing on the menu! Beautiful photos! : )

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  39. Drool, the dipping sauce has my name written all over it!

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  40. Mouthwatering beer cheese sauce! Beautiful photos and a great recipe!

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  41. YES PLEASE I want to attend this birthday! I love a good soft pretzel, Heather has a great recipe, and ... that spicy cheese? perfect!

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  42. Count me in. These pretzels look too darn good to pass up. Yum!

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  43. I love that you called this week's Sunday Supper recipe offerings a "greatest hits" list. So awesome. And you don't give yourself enough credit - these pretzels look absolutely perfect. Exactly how I want my pretzels to look. I bet they tasted just as good too. Pretzels are on my bucket list - I'm pretty intimidated. But now that both you and Heather have made these, I'm feeling inspired to follow in your culinary footsteps. And hells yeah to the beer cheese sauce!

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  44. Love these soft pretzels, they look delicious. I think it taste great enough even without dipping sauce too! Thank you Paula for sharing this recipe with us again, I guess I have missed it earlier by Heather.

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  45. Yes, I will definitively be at a party where there are pretzels and beer sauce :). Both look fantastic - and the pretzels are gorgeous ~ Bea

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  46. Hi Paula, just come across your bog and I'm loving your simple twists on classics. This pretzel and beer sauce looking divine in these cold winter months.

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  47. I'm such a fan of the soft pretzel. I've had this recipe pinned but I've yet to make the spicy beer cheese. I need to get on it!

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