(sorry for the photo quality– i was in a big rush and also the sun was setting!)
these were so gooooood! not very glamorous, but perfect for watching football. this recipe took sort of forever to make, so it’s a good thing i had help from paul with rolling out and stuffing the little pizza rolls. if you don’t have hours to spend doing this, definitely enlist help from some friends or half the recipe. everyone really loved them at the super bowl party i brought them to last night, though, so i think it was worth it! recipe from here
note: next time i will try making these by keeping little dough balls and stuffing the pepperoni and cheese inside, rather than rolling them up. i think it might be faster and more effective.
Pizza Pretzel Bites
Yield: Makes about 6 dozen pretzel bites
- 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 serving
1. Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
2. Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.
3. Oil a bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and carefully add the baking soda.
5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 ounces each. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 22 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin. Stuff each bite with pepperoni and cheese. Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Set bites on a baking sheet and continue until all pretzel bites are stuffed.
6. Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. We did about 15 bites at a time. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a Silpat. Make sure they are not touching. 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.
7. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes. Serve warm with pizza sauce.