Homemade Pretzel Pizza Bites

Homemade pretzel pizza bites (via abeautifulmess.com) Homemade pretzel pizza bites (via abeautifulmess.com) The red and green color palette and dusty Parmesan cheese that totally looks like snow was an absolute accident, but I’m taking it as a sign that it’s time to put up our Christmas tree. Really, I’m only barely early at this point. I keep seeing everyone on IG with their trees already up and decorated, so maybe I’m behind! Ah well. Whatever.

Aside from my inexplicable holiday looking scene here, I’ve got to point out the important thing: those pretzels have cheese in them, guys! Oh yes, soft chewy pretzels with gooey melted cheese get dusted in fresh herbs and then dunked in hot marinara sauce. It’s all just as good as it sounds. Turn your oven on with me and let’s make a treat!

Pizza pretzel bites recipe Homemade Pretzel Pizza Bites, makes two dozen.

1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 cup hot water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
24-30 mozzarella pearls

For the pretzel bath:
3 cups water
1/3 cup baking soda

For the tops and sides:
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (I had parsley and rosemary on hand)
1-2 tablespoons dusty Parmesan cheese
2-3 cups of your favorite tomato or marinara sauce

In a large bowl, combine the 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to combine as the butter melts. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow to foam and activate for 5-6 minutes. Then, stir in the flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Use your clean hands to press into a dough ball and knead for 4-5 minutes until the dough begins to feel somewhat elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise in a warm spot for about an hour or until it has nearly doubled in size.

Pizza pretzel bites recipePunch the dough down and divide into 24 pieces. These do not have to be precise. If you get a few that are slightly larger or smaller that’s OK. Press into a sphere and then roll up one or two mozzarella pearls inside, pinching into a little ball.

In a large pot, bring the 3 cups water and 1/3 cup baking soda to an almost boil. Cook the dough balls in the water for about 45 seconds. They will shrivel up a little at this stage. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Slice a small X in the top of each ball. Brush with butter and sprinkle some coarse salt on top. Then bake at 400°F for 15-16 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and brush with a little more butter. Then sprinkle on the fresh herbs and parmesan.

Homemade pretzel pizza bites (via abeautifulmess.com) While those were baking, did you go ahead and warm up your marinara sauce? You’re so smart.

Homemade pretzel pizza bites (via abeautifulmess.com)These not only taste amazing, but added bonus: your house will smell of yeasty, cheesy goodness. Serve these along side a big delicious salad and a good red wine. Bread, cheese, salad, wine—maybe not a balanced meal but certainly a very comforting one. Make these this week, guys. They are just too good. Enjoy! xo. Emma

 

Homemade Pretzel Pizza Bites

Servings 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 24-30 mozzarella pearls

For the pretzel bath:

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup baking soda

For the tops and sides:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon coarse grain sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (like parsley or rosemary)
  • 1-2 tablespoons dusty parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 cups your favorite tomato or marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with 1 cup hot water and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to combine as the butter melts. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow to foam and activate for 5-6 minutes. Then stir in the flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Use your clean hands to press into a dough ball and knead for 4-5 minutes until the dough begins to feel somewhat elastic. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise in a warm spot for about an hour or until it has nearly doubled in size.

  2. Punch the dough down and divide into 24 pieces. These do not have to be precise. If you get a few that are slightly larger or smaller that’s OK. Press into a sphere and then roll up one or two mozzarella pearls inside, pinching into a little ball.

  3. In a large, pot bring the 3 cups water and 1/3 cup baking soda to an almost boil. Cook the dough balls in the water for about 45 seconds. They will shrivel up a little at this stage. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Slice a small X in the top of each ball. Brush with butter and sprinkle some coarse salt on top. Then bake at 400°F for 15-16 minutes until golden brown.

  4. Remove from the oven and brush with a little more butter. Then sprinkle on the fresh herbs and parmesan.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

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  • These look just so delicious! I will have to try making them this weekend. ♡♡

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  • I just had supper, but these pictures made me hungry again! I will try these bretzel bites with whole-grain flour. Can`t wait to taste them!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
    Love, Caroline

    https://carolinespassion.wordpress.com

  • Suggestion: if you really want these to be pretzel-y, you should bake the baking soda, which will increase its alkalinity. See here: http://www.thekitchn.com/expert-bagel-maker-confirms-you-dont-need-lye-to-make-a-good-bagel-maker-tour-203288

    Science.

  • Emma you’ve done it again! These look incredibly delicious! I’m dying to eat one (or should I say 10!). Thank you for sharing!

  • You’ve combined two of my favorite things. I love pizza and soft pretzels. I could totally do these.

  • I know, I’m pretty much on board for anything pizza or pretzel related. 🙂

    -Emma

  • Hi, your idea of this post: https://abeautifulmess.com/2014/11/giant-snowflake-light-up-marquee.html is brilliant! This is an original home decoration. I have a question for you, if I could use your idea to do a project on physics to school? I would be really grateful, because later snowflake could decorate my house 🙂

  • Oh wow yes it does look like snow! Well, that gives me an excuse to serve pizza on Christmas! Woohoo!

  • Looks like something I can prepare for the weekend 😀
    https://restlesscat.wordpress.com

  • Haha, that Parmesan really does look like snow. Would be a perfect addition to any Christmas dinner 🙂

  • They look so yummy! But, of course, if you present something calling it “pretzel” and “pizza”, it must taste beautifully!!!

    THANKS!!!

    https://pandaonavespa.wordpress.com/

  • These pretzels look delicious! I need to try them really soon!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • Hi Julia! Definitely. We’d love to see a picture once you’re finished. 🙂 -Jacki

  • This is going to be perfect for my Friendsgiving party this Thursday! <3 Thank you love.

    www.MarinaSays.com

  • I NEED these in my life. Definitely saved this recipe to use over the holiday season – looks like the perfect warming appetizer!

  • OMG. These sound amazing. I’m all about bite-sized food and pizza is my love language!!!

  • They look so delicious, I need to make them right away!
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  • cheese INSIDE the pretzel bites?! i can’t.
    don’t worry about not having your tree up yet. we won’t put ours up until the second week of december. some people are just too quick with the holiday decorations!

    Monica – Mocha and Moccasins
    http://mochaandmoccasins.com

  • These look delicious and perfect for the holidays!

    http://sprinkleofroses.blogspot.co.uk/

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