Game Day Food: Roll Tide! Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits

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Jello University Kit

My family is very excited for football season to be starting!  My husband has already explained to me that the television station will be glued to the SEC Network, so that if I don’t want to watch sports, I can plan accordingly and go to the next room. Haha!  But actually I really enjoy football and I especially love watching our team the Crimson Tide!  And I also look forward each week to game day food!

We usually order out or make something early that will last the day, and game day food is generally “man food.”  We like appetizers, especially chicken fingers and wings! But we also sometimes go for things like meatballs, sausage balls, cocktail weenies, cheesesticks, cheese fries, or chips and dip.  And other times we like simple meals like sub sandwiches, grilled burgers, chili dogs, pizza, and barbecue sandwiches. Yes, we do love to eat!

As much as I love all the salty and spicy goodness of game day, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t crave something sweet!  So today I am sharing a simple dessert that you can prepare to make your game day even sweeter!  I took my recipe for strawberry pretzel salad and turned it in to a kid-friendly game day treat: Strawberry Pretzel Parfaits.  And I added a little extra team spirit to the treat using Jell-O University Molds! [Read more…]

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Snacks

I love homemade bread! Last year I had the chance to try Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Bread Mixes, and I made this lovely loaf of wheat bread:

Check out the wheat bread: HERE.

The bread turned out just fabulous!  So I was very excited when I was asked to try Fleischmann’s Simply Homemade Pretzel Mix!  You can find this mix along with other Fleishmann’s Simply Homemade mixes in the baking section at your local market.

Pretzel Creations

For this baking project, I decided to use the pretzel mix to make Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites.  For these, I rolled the dough in to 1.5 inch balls (and I made some of them smaller, only because I didn’t know if they would rise).  But you could also make actual pretzel shapes, or sticks, twists, bigger rolls, or even in to a bread loaf.

Either way you to choose to do it, this recipe makes for a great party appetizers or just a snack for the family!

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites

Ingredients:

1 package Simply Homemade® Pretzel Creations™

3/4 cup very warm water (120º to 130ºF)

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (or Real Bacon Bits)

Egg Wash:

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Directions:

Combine pretzel mix and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Stir in very warm water, oil, cheese and bacon until thoroughly combined. (Dough may be stiff; use hands if desired).

Cover dough and let rise 25 minutes in a warm, draft-free place. (Dough will not double in size.)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a large muffin tin with cooking spray (or you may use a cookie sheet).

Pull off pieces of dough an roll in to 1 to 1.5 inch balls (or other sizes and shapes as you desire). Place balls inside muffin tin cups or on cookie sheet.

Generously brush each ball with egg wash. (You may also top with additional cheese at this time.)

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with your favorite condiments. I recommend honey mustard and ranch dip.

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Cheddar Bacon Pretzel Bites
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Guest Post – Holiday Pretzel Treats from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie

Today we continue our Christmas Treats series with a fun little snack from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie.  This one is a mix of salty and sweet and if you’ve never tried it, you really should!

Hi! I’m Bonnie, The Pin Junkie and I write about the recipes, crafts, and home improvement projects I do that are inspired by Pinterest. [Read more…]