Pretzel Bites with Quick Cheddar Dip
Pretzel Bites with Quick Cheddar Dip
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    Although Americans chow down on plenty of crisp pretzels, there's something irresistible about the soft variety that makes them just as addictive, if not more so, than the crunchy version. When formed into bite-size nuggets, not only do they pop easily into your mouth, but they are also small enough to eliminate the temptation to double-dip in the Cheddar sauce. You can also offer up a bowl of mustard, or divide your Cheddar dip into three bowls, flavoring one with mustard and the other with caraway seeds. You may suspect that the large amount of baking soda to cook the pretzels is a typo; it's not. Believe us, it's the secret to the chestnut-brown color they develop during baking. Without it, the pretzels would look anemic. Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for A Father's Day Feast. Menu also includes Grilled Rib Pork Chops with Sweet and Tangy Peach Relish and The Ultimate Brownie Sundae.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
    • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
    • 3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour plus more for work surface
    • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, well softened
    • Vegetable oil for bowl
    • 8 cups water
    • 1/2 cup baking soda
    • Pretzel salt (see Cooks' Notes) or coarse kosher salt
    • 12 ounces good-quality Cheddar cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 6 to 8 tablespoons dry white wine or water

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 8
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 416 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 19 g 28.47%
    • Saturated Fat: 10 g 51.21%
    • Trans Fat: 1 g %
    • Cholesterol: 53 mg 17.55%
    • Sodium: 16346 mg 681.07%
    • Calcium: 325 mg 32.54%
    • Potassium: 162 mg 4.64%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 3 mg 14.08%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 43 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 2 g 9.21%
    • Sugar: 4 g
    • Protein: 16 g
    • Alcohol: 2 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 1 g
    • Vitamin A 12.88%
    • Vitamin C 0.44%
    • Vitamin D 2.55%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat3
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat1
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy1 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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