Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Balls
These pretzel balls are really the perfect appetizer or party food. They’re super easy to pass around and delicious to eat. There’s some effort involved in making the dough, but trust me – it’s worth it. The dough comes out crispy on the outside and chewy in the center, just like a good German pretzel. The recipe for this dough is adapted slightly from my Authentic German Pretzel recipe, so if you also want to try to make a traditional pretzel, be sure to check that out.
You can be creative with fillings for these too – just use a different kind of cheese or meat. I think they’d be really good stuffed with pepperoni and mozzarella and served with a good tomato sauce. Yum!
- for the pretzel dough:
- warm water - 1 cup
- sugar - 1 tbsp
- salt - 2 tsp
- active dry yeast - 1 package
- beer - 1/2 cup
- all purpose flour - 4 1/2 cups
- butter - 4 tbsp, melted
- for the filling:
- Italian sausage - 1 pound, browned
- cheddar cheese - 1 pound, shredded
- for the water bath:
- water - 10 cups
- baking soda - 2/3 cup
- for the wash:
- egg yolk - 1
- water - 1 tbsp
- pretzel salt
This recipe is part of a series I am doing for Parade’s Community Table:
CLICK HERE FOR THE INSTRUCTIONS.