Hello Lovely! Growing up I felt like we we’re the only family in the South that were not “football people”. My dad hunted during his free time and my mom was usually shopping with her free time. (I mean when you have four kid’s trust me there is always something your needing to shop for… groceries, school clothes, the new tennis shoes he had to have for football, groceries, need I go on?) On top of it all my mother is the original hostess with the mostess, so needless to say hosting usually involves shopping as well.
Occasionally on a Saturday or a Sunday after church as a family we’d all drive an hour away to the nearest mall (yes, my hometown is that small). While Mom would shop and look around it was a well know fact amongest the kids that if you stuck with Dad you’d get Auntie Ann’s Pretzels. Particularly we’d get cinnamon raisin pretzels because Dad had a killer sweet tooth, ergo nobody should ever wonder why half of the recipes I write are sweets ( yum!). Seriously though is there anything better than a warm Auntie Ann’s pretzel? I would also answer no until I made this recipe….. these are amazing!
I found this recipe in the February issue of Martha Stewart living and then I decided to play with the toppings after the pretzels where done.
My favorite topping combo:
1 8 oz container rosemary ham
1 8 oz container of mixed Italian cheeses
Rosemary for garnish
Directions: Fold the pieces of ham into little rolls of ham, then place 2 or 3 on each of the pretzels (depending on the pretzel size you choose). Next sprinkle a couple tablespoons of cheese on each, bake in the oven as directed in Martha’s recipe above but take them out about 3 minutes early. Add another tablespoon of cheese, place bake in the oven and bake until the cheese is browned. Add rosemary as a garnish, heat up grape jelly in the microwave for 30 seconds, and serve as dipping sauce.
Alternative combinations I am also a fan of:
Sub pepperoni for ham and pizza sauce for grape jelly
Add raisins in the dough as your shaping them, sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top, and serve with warmed white icing
The everything pretzel, just like the bagel (your favorite nuts, poppy seeds, dried chopped garlic, ect..)
Enjoy every calorific, carb loaded bite of these babies! I mean how often does the Super Bowl come around? How often do you take the time to make pretzels from scratch? Treat yourself!!