Do you love pizza? And how about pretzels? Now, what do you think about the combination of those two? These pizza pretzel bites are perfect for any party, especially kids birthdays, but also for game or movie nights.
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Ever since I can remember, my mom used to make mini pizzas for me and my brother’s birthday party. Everyone loved them. And to be honest, what’s there not to love about pizza? Especially if it’s a bite (or two bites) sized pizza.
When I’ve got a bit older (enough to start cook by myself) I started making mini pizzas for my birthday parties. Then I saw a recipe on a TV for pretzels and thought it would be a great idea to try and combine these two. And I must be honest, I made a huge mess in the kitchen. There was a melted cheese everywhere and all the working surface was almost white because of the dried baking soda. Somehow I managed to put everything in the oven and bake my pizza pretzel bites. When they came out of the oven they looked awful, but they tasted amazing.
I realized this was a recipe I should try and improve. So here I am, almost ten years after my pizza pretzel kitchen disaster, sharing a recipe that I still make a few times a year. I’m not making my party pizza pretzel bites just because they are delicious, but also because they are really simple to make (when you know how, haha!).
I will show you a photo how-to technique that I use to make pizza pretzel bites, and if you have any questions (really, any question is fine), feel free to contact me, or leave a comment below. I will be more than happy to help you.
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So first you need to make a pizza dough. It is a very simple recipe, and I believe that no one should be buying a pre-made stuff. One of the most popular posts on my blog is the no-fail recipe for the perfect homemade pizza dough and you should check it out. The only difference that I made it this recipe for pizza pretzel bites is that I’ve put the oregano in the dough itself. That way you add more flavor to the bites, yet make much less mess.
When your dough has doubled in size, and ready to use, make sure to preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F) and line two baking sheets, 30 cm x 40 cm (12″ x16″), with parchment paper. Also, you will need to prepare the “pretzel bath” by combining 4 cups of boiling water and ¼ cup of baking soda in the big deep roasting dish. Another thing that caused me a lot of mess was the shredded cheese, so I’ve decided that it’s the best to cut the block of cheese into sticks and roll them with the ham slices.
Now that you have everything prepared you can proceed to making your pizza pretzel bites. Turn the pizza dough on working surface and portion into 4 balls. For each dough ball – first, you need to elongate it a bit with your hands. Then roll it using a rolling pin into a strip roughly 50 cm (20″) long. Roll cheese sticks with ham slices and place them on the dough strip. Join the sides of the dough and form a snake-like cylinder. Repeat for the remaining dough balls.
Submerge one cylinder at the time in prepared pretzel bath for 30 seconds, then take it out and cut into 20 bite-size pieces and place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle them with sea salt. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden and cheese has melted.
And that’s it! You’ve made a whole batch of pizza pretzel bites! Just serve them with any dipping sauce you like. Marinara is a really great option. You can also combine ketchup, mayo and Dijon mustard for a great pizza dipping sauce.
Yields 80 pizza pretzels
Soft and delicious pizza pretzel bites with delicious ketchup dip - perfect for any party or movie/game night.
2 hr, 10 Prep Time
10 minCook Time
2 hr, 20 Total Time
5 based on 1 review(s)
- 1 kg (2 lbs) strong bread flour
- 1 tsp sea salt + more for sprinkling
- 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 or 2 Tbsp oregano (depends on your taste)
- 500 ml (2 cups) lukewarm water
- 300 g block of cheese (cut into sticks)
- 300 g ham slices
- 1 l (4 cups) boiling water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Dijon or grainy mustard
- 1 Tbsp oregano
- In a big bowl mix together flour and sea salt. Add active dry yeast, sugar, olive oil and oregano, then gradually* add water and mix to form the dough.
- Turn the dough on working surface and knead it for about 8-10 minutes, until soft and elastic, and not sticking to the hands. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in warm place for couple of hours, until doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (425°F) and line two 30 cm x 40 cm (12" x 16") baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Prepare the pretzel bath by combining boiling water and baking soda in long and deep dish (I like using big roasting dish or rectangle cake mold).
- Turn the pizza dough on floured working surface and portion into 4 balls.
- For each dough ball - first you need to elongate it a bit with your hands, and then roll it using a rolling-pin into a strip roughly 50 cm (20") long. Roll cheese sticks with ham slices and place them on the dough strip. Join the sides of the dough and form snake-like cylinder. Repeat for the remaining dough balls.
- Submerge one cylinder at the time in prepared pretzel bath for 30 seconds, then take it out and cut into 20 bite-size pieces and place on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until golden and cheese has melted.
- For the dip just mix all the ingredients in the bowl, and serve with the warm pizza pretzel bites. Enjoy!
*different flours need different amounts of water.
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