Beside beers and wings, I’d say that pretzels are now pretty high on my list of must have for the Super Bowl. Homemade pretzels, of course! I found this recipe online, adjusted it, and now I’m telling you, you’ll never crave for ANY OTHER PRETZELS once you’ve tried these ones. This is one AMAZING recipe.
I may not be a huge football fan, but I love the Super Bowl! I have not missed one since I’ve been 8, or so. I remember, during my first year of university, we threw a huge party in our apartment… we lived in a duplex, and we had installed 3 TV’s in our living room, with so much junk food, it was crazy! I, myself, had made more than 200 wings. I’d say we were close to 50. Everybody came. People were eating in the stairs, on side tables, on desk, on the floor… we couldn’t walk, people everywhere! It was great.
Of course, the best halftime show still belongs to the King of Pop. Nobody as never came close to beating Michael Jackson XXVII show. But I’m crossing my fingers Lady Gaga will be just as good!
So if you’re watching the game (Go Pats/Go Brady) or even just watching the halftime show, what you NEED is some of these Pretzels. I guarantee you will love them and your guests too!
What you need:
1 1\2 cups warm water
2 tbs brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1\4 cup melted butter
2 tsp kosher salt
4 1\2 cups flour
2 liters of water
1\2 cup baking soda
1 egg yolk
In you stand mixer with the hook attachment, add the warm water, sugar, butter and yeast. Mix and set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the salt and flour and add to the yeast. Mix on low for 5 minutes. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, one tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough and knead for 2 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl (vegetable oil), cover with a damp cloth. Place the bowl in a warm place (I preheat my oven at 170, then turn it off and place the covered bowl in there for about an hour. The dough should be soft and have doubled in size.
Once the dough is ready, throw a bit of flour on the counter and roll out the dough to form a rectangle. I cut long strips with my pizza cutter. Make a pretzel shape, knot or strips, place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let rise for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the water in a large saucepan. Once it boil, add the baking soda. Put 3 or 4 pretzels at a time for 30 seconds. Do this for all the pretzels and put them back on the baking sheet. Mix the egg yolk with a bit of water and egg wash the top of the pretzels. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake at 425 for 12-15minutes.
I serve my pretzels with sriracha aioli or mustard. Eat on the same day… but that shouldn’t be a problem!
So who’s coming over on Sunday? Everyone’s invited. As long as you cheer for our team!