Homemade Soft Pretzels with Local Beer & Cheese Dip

pretzels with beer cheese dip Superbowl week is here and the city is buzzing with excitement as we anticipate the biggest event of the year coming to our home town! Times Square has been transformed into the “Super Bowl Boulevard”, Hoboken has Super Bowl curling (huh??), and my kitchen has been a little stumped.  You see, at my ‘real’ job, in the ad industry, I’ve been anticipating this Super Bowl for almost two years now.  I’ve even been dubbed the “Super Bowl Specialist” for my team.  And do we advertising people L-O-V-E the Super Bowl!  It is a real “bring home the bacon” (or in my case the parsnip) kind of event.  I’ve been so busy with the Super Bowl at work that when it was time to write this week’s post I hadn’t even thought to make something special.  Being that the Super Bowl is in New York and I’m someone who calls her self a “NYC Food Forager” I needed to get my act together immediately.  But I had a problem – what on earth was I going to make for the Super Bowl that I could get at the farmer’s market?  I’m someone who loves Super Bowl Sunday for the beer, commercials, and most importantly the eats.  Isn’t half the fun that the eats are usually un-healhty and there is no vegetables to be found?  Wouldn’t you kill me if I posted a Super Bowl Farmer’s Market Crudite?!  I thought so.  I walked myself over to the farmer’s market without a clue what to do and, as always, I found exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for.   This Super Bowl Sunday we’re feasting on Homemade Pretzels with LOCAL Beer and Cheese dip!

local beer and cheese When I passed by one of the cheese stands I noticed that they had a particularly good looking wheel of locally made cheddar cheese.  As many of you know, cheese, to me, is everything good in the world – I seriously love it.  Surely I could make something for Super Bowl with this awesome cheese!?  The light bulb went off – I had them lob off a huge hunk of this delicious cheddar cheese for me and I marched out of Union Square, past all the vegetable stands, and straight to the beer store!

butter and flower If I was going to make Local Beer and Cheese Dip the beer needed to be local as well.  I’m lucky that New York has awesome local brews.  My favorite of them is Blue Point Toasted Lager from Long Island.  The best part about this recipe, other than the cheese, is that you only need a 1/2 beer – so the rest of it is for you to drink!

beer dip The Beer and Cheese dip that resulted from these awesome local ingredients is a a total touchdown!  I’m sure you’ve all had Beer and Cheese before, but as with everything, when you use high quality, fresh ingredients your on a whole other level.

add the cheese  This dip is a warm, gooey, melty, local cheese-dip masterpiece.  It is super easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.  Make this recipe for your Super Bowl party this weekend and give this year’s Super Bowl hosts a shout out by using all local ingredients!

Pretzel Dough I couldn’t just dunk anything into this cheesey-goodness – the Super Bowl is in NY/NJ this year people – now is a time to do it up!  So I decided to experiment by making homemade soft pretzels.  My maiden name is Hofstetter – very German – and when I think beer and cheese I also think pretzels!

pretzel dough What I learned is that making homemade pretzels is not a quick and easy project.  There are several steps that go into the process including making the dough, letting the yeast rise, rolling the dough, boiling it, egg washing it, salting it, and baking it – but omg is it worth it!

roll the dough

pretzel dough rolled

boil the dough

egg wash When you finally get to baking the pretzels and pulling them out of the oven you end up with steaming, salty, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside homemade pretzels.  They are the ULTIMATE accompaniment to your beer and cheese dip.

baked pretzels

dip cheese

beer and pretzels Whether you are cheering on the Broncos or the Seahawks or in it for the beer, food, and good time like me, you must celebrate the biggest media event of the year with these Pretzels and local Beer and Cheese dip.  They are every bit worthy of this “big apple” sized Super bowl and your friends will LOVE you!
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