A meal of bread, cheese and beer constitutes the perfect food.
-Elizabeth the First
When the air begins to cool and the leaves begin to turn, it means it is officially tailgate season.
You can’t be from the South/gone to an SEC school without loving this time of the year. Rivalries start up, you get together with friends on the weekends to watch games & you eat all the delicious tailgate food you want (even if you aren’t at a tailgate!).
Last year for the Super Bowl, I created my semi-famous Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket. They were a huge hit among friends and family so this year for football season I decided to bring back the spices to create a new snack.
Say hello to my little friends, Everything Bagel Pretzel Bites with Homemade Beer Cheese!
These little bites are full of flavor, are fun/easy to make & the beer cheese you serve with them is the perfect accompaniment! Beware, once you bring them to a gathering…don’t be surprised when you get asked to bring them again to the next get together, they are addicting!
How to make Everything Bagel Pretzel Bites:
To begin, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Next, bring a pot of water to a boil. Once it starts boiling, lower it to simmer & add in your baking soda.
Take 1 mini piece of biscuit into your hand and roll it into a tight ball. Pinch all of the sides so that it is completely enclosed. Repeat the process until all 24 pretzel bites are formed.
When your bites are ready, drop 2-3 balls into the water at a time. Cook for 30 seconds – 1 minute until they begin to puff up.
Crack an egg and place it into a small bowl. Whisk it until the egg yolk and whites are combined.
Lightly brush each pretzel bite with the egg.
Top each pretzel bite with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
Pop your pretzel bites into the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are browned.
How to make the Beer Cheese:
While your pretzel bites are baking, begin to make the beer cheese.
To do this, melt unsalted butter in a non-stock pan over medium heat.
When your butter is melted, add flour and milk into the pan. Whisk everything together until smooth.
Next, add your beer, dijon mustard, garlic powder and salt into the pan. Whisk everything together until well combined. Allow it to cook for a 1-2 minutes until it becomes thick.
Finally, add your cheddar cheese into the pan. Stir everything together, allowing your cheese to melt.
When your pretzel bites are ready, remove them from the oven.
After your cheese is melted and your bites have cooled, serve & enjoy!
These Everything Bagel Pretzel Bites + homemade beer cheese are the best food combination since peanut butter & jelly! They make for the perfect tailgate party snack, you will find yourself going back for 2nds and 3rds!
- 1 can biscuits
- 4 cup water
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tbsp everything but the bagel seasoning
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup beer
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Cut each biscuit into 4 even pieces. Pinch the edges of the biscuit and create a tight ball. Repeat until all "pretzel bites" are made.
Heat 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and add in baking soda.
Taking 3-4 balls at a time, drop them into the water and cook for 30 seconds - 1 minute (until they become puffy). Remove from water and set onto baking sheet.
Break an egg into a small bowl. Whisk the egg then using a silicone brush, give each pretzel ball a light egg wash.
Finally, sprinkle your Everything But the Bagel seasoning onto each ball.
Pop your pretzel bites into the oven and cooke for 8-10 minutes until browned.
While your pretzel bites are baking, melt butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Add in flour and milk. Whisk until flour mixture is smooth.
Stir in beer, dijon mustard, garlic powder and salt. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Finally, add in cheese. Stir until all cheese is melted.
Remove pretzel bites from oven. When both your beer cheese and pretzel bites are ready, serve & enjoy!