Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels

Get ready for game day with a big batch of these Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels!

Get ready for game day with a big batch of these Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels!Football is back!  I’m personally more of a college football kind of guy, but I still enjoy catching NFL games on Sunday afternoons.  It’s kind of hard to be addicted to both college and pro football.  Sure, one is on Saturday and the other on Sunday…but there are chores to get done, too!

How is that lawn going to get mowed if I’m watching football all day on Saturday and Sunday?  It’s not gonna mow itself…although I really wish someone would invent that!  C’mon Amazon…you can have drones deliver packages, but you can’t make a lawn mower that runs by itself?  Of course, if your kid left the frisbee or a soccer ball in the yard, then things could get ugly fast.  Ok, maybe that’s not the next $1 million dollar idea.

Get ready for game day with a big batch of these Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels!This weekend, I decided I needed some delicious snacks to munch on during the football games.  I’m a huge fan of buffalo sauce, and I love making homemade pretzels…so why not combine these?  Yup, that happened.  These Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels were the perfect football food!  These bad boys were tangy, spicy and chewy all at the same time.  Needless to say, that tray of pretzels disappeared pretty quickly.

Get ready for game day with a big batch of these Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels!I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t love buffalo sauce.  It’s true.  I had issues with anything that tasted like vinegar.  I suspect it was because my mom used big jugs of white vinegar to clean the floors when I was a kid.  And to this day, the smell of warm vinegar still makes me think of shiny floors.  (And just for the record, the smell of warm vinegar is pretty darn potent.  Don’t believe me?  Heat up some vinegar in the microwave and take a big whiff.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you!)  Now I’m making up for lost time with the buffalo sauce.  These Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels are my latest obsession…especially on game day!

Wondering how to twist pretzels into that classic shape?  Click here to see a picture!

Buffalo PopcornLooking for another buffalo-inspired game day snack?  Try this Easy Buffalo Popcorn!

Buffalo Ranch Soft Pretzels

Ingredients

    For the Dough
  • 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup + 2 Tbsp warm water
  • For the Soaker
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • For the Ranch Seasoning
  • ¼ cup buttermilk powder
  • ½ Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • For the Buffalo Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp (2 oz) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

    For the Ranch Seasoning
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the Ranch Seasoning in a medium bowl. Stir until well combined; set aside.
  2. For the Buffalo Sauce
  3. Using a small saucepan, add all of the ingredients for the Buffalo Sauce. Place over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until butter melts. Set aside.
  4. For the Pretzels
  5. Using a countertop mixer with the dough hook attached, combine all of the dough ingredients (flour, salt, brown sugar, yeast, and warm water). Mix on medium speed for 6 minutes.
  6. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl. Cover and place in a warm (85°F) location for 30 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the soaker by combining the boiling water with the baking soda. Mix until baking soda is fully dissolved, and set aside to cool.
  8. Once dough has risen, divide it into 8 pieces of equal weight (~2.5 ounces each). Allow dough to rest uncovered for 5 minutes, then roll each piece of dough into a long, thin rope about 24” long. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape. (Click here to see how to shape pretzel.)
  9. Place each pretzel in the Soaker mixture for 2 minutes (spoon water over the top of the pretzel if it is not fully covered by the water). Transfer the pretzels to an unlined baking sheet. (I recommend spraying the pan with olive oil or pan spray first, though.) Let the pretzels rest uncovered for 10 minutes.
  10. Bake at 475°F for 8-9 minutes, or until pretzels are golden brown in color.
  11. Remove pretzels from oven and dust tops with the Ranch Seasoning. Either drizzle the Buffalo Sauce across the pretzels, or serve the Buffalo Sauce on the side as a dip for the pretzels.
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