These Sourdough Pretzel Twists are a great gameday snack!
Try dipping ’em in homemade Beer Mustard, too!
I’ve mentioned before that my wife comes from a big Italian family. And if there’s one thing that big Italian families like, it’s big Italian family gatherings. We try to make our way back to her hometown a couple times a year to join in the festivities. She’s from central Pennsylvania, and the drive down from upstate New York is truthfully fairly pleasant. At 6.5 hours, I wish it was a little closer, but it’s not that bad at all.
On one of our recent visits, I discovered there is a pretzel factory right there in her hometown. Apparently they used to offer tours, but now those are a thing of the past. But…you can still go in and buy pretzels in bulk. And by bulk, I don’t mean 2 or 3 bags at once. I mean boxes of pretzels. Or the 3 pound bag of misfits (aka broken pretzels). Hey, broken pretzels taste just as good as non-broken pretzels. And I’m perfectly happy picking up a bag…or two…of misfit pretzels. I mean, doesn’t everyone need 6 pounds of pretzels?
Sourdough Pretzel Twists
I’ve been making soft pretzels for years, and they are still one of my favorite snack foods…especially when watching football games on Saturday afternoon. But I decided the time has come to take a stab at hard pretzels. Some tweaks here and twists there (pun intended), and I came up with a recipe that I’m happy with. These Sourdough Pretzel Twists are delicious!
Quick note about sourdough starter, though. I recognize that not everyone keeps a sourdough starter in your fridge. (I know some of you do, though…don’t lie!) My friend Kevin has a great guide on making your own sourdough starter. If you’re not into making it yourself, then you can also just pick up a starter online. And as long as you feed it and stir it occasionally, you can keep that sourdough starter forever. Literally. Some people even come up with names for their starters. I’m not that crazy…yet.
But back to these Sourdough Pretzel Twists. I can gobble down pretzels like Pacman chomps on those little white pills, but mustard really takes pretzels to the next level. I’ve been talking about making my own mustard for years, but I’ve never gotten around to it. So when I came across a recipe for beer mustard printed on the side of a 12-pack of beer, I figured it was a sign. I needed to make beer mustard. And I needed to make it now. Sourdough pretzel twists + beer mustard = win.
I recognize that making your own mustard is a bit out there, though. You can easily just use a spicy brown mustard from the store. These pretzels will still be delicious! I just wanted to see what it would be like to make my own mustard. Call me inquisitive. Or just downright crazy.
The official Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany are winding down, but that isn’t going to stop me from enjoying this classic German snacks! After all, there’s a lot of college football left to watch. Cheers!
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