Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Homemade Pretzel Bites.  This was such a hit in my house I started doing more searches and came across these ham and cheese pretzel bites.  They were a bit difficult to make, but well worth the time. These also make for the perfect appetizer for a party because it makes so many or you can freeze them for quick lunches.  You can get the recipe for your bread machine by going here or just make it with the ingredients listed below!

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites

In a small bowl, combine:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 cup warm milk (110-115 degrees F)

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

In a large bowl, combine:

2 1/2 cups flour

Warm milk mixture

1 package (1/4 oz.) instant dry yeast

Stir until a soft dough forms. Add more flour as needed (up to 1/2 cup). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead a few times, forming a smooth ball.

Brush the inside of a large clean bowl with olive oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Alow it to rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size and bubbles appear on the surface.

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Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide it into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust a rolling pin with flour and roll each piece of dough into roughly a 12×4-inch rectangle. As you can see, my rectangles are not quite rectangles but as my mom use to tell me they have character!

With the long sides facing you, place the following ingredients onto the bottom third of each piece of dough: A quarter of 1/2 cup finely chopped ham  A quarter of 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

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Roll the dough as tightly as you can, starting with the long edge holding the ham and cheese.  Cut each roll into 12 equal pieces. Transfer the pieces to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let them rest, uncovered, at room temperature for 30 minutes.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

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Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add 4 teaspoons of baking soda to the boiling water and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Just to give you a heads up, you may suspect that the large amount of baking soda to cook the pretzels is a typo; it’s not. Believe me, it’s the secret to the chestnut-brown color they develop during baking. Without it, the pretzels would look anemic.  Boil the pretzels in batches, cooking for about 20 seconds each and turning once. They should look slightly puffed when they are done. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them back to the baking sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven until they are puffed and golden, about 15 minutes.

Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites 5Brush with 4 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle with 1-2 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. foods for the soul
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 19:16:17

    I’ve wanted to try something like this for a while! Pretzels themselves are completely addicting, and there’s something really comforting about ham and cheese. Your look delicious!

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