I love the Super Bowl. This year, mostly for the food and halftime show. My team isn’t in the big game or I would feel differently. My house would be decked out in black and teal, and I would be figuring out any way possible to make all the food look like little jaguars. Lucky for you, I suppose, unless you too are a jags fan… then we can be bummed together.
If you are a foodie, I am sure you feel me on the food aspect of Super Bowl being just as, if not more, important as the game. I mean, what fun is it to cheer empty handed? Those hands need to be holding snacks and beer as they flail about and participate in the wave.
A few weeks out from the Super Bowl my mind shifts into creative over-drive. Must. Have. Kick arse snacks. Boy likes to, constantly, poke fun and call me “beautiful mind”. This is probably because I will drop everything I am doing, and start to sketch styling ideas for photo shoots or jot down ideas and inspirations for my next culinary adventure.
When I say ‘’drop everything’’, I am being literal. Mid movie, I will just get up from the couch and grab my notepad. Mid REM cycle, amidst sweet dreams, I’ll awake and start writing. Lots of times my jotted notes and scribbled sketches look like equations… to him at least. That is because he doesn’t see what I see. I see culinary genius in progress.
Football + Beer = Chips
x My Favorite = Salt & Vinegar
+ Wings =
Football + Greasy Food = Burgers & Fries
x Boy = McDonalds
+ Revamping =
Football + More Beer = Pretzels
x Me = Stuffed
+ Sandwiches =
Reuben Stuffed Pretzel Bombs
The Reuben filling has all the makings of the classic sandwich, and then some. Corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing… check (x4)! Plus, a pinch of chives for some mild onion flavor, gruyere for a little nutty, cheesy decadence, and cream cheese to make the filling extra creamy and dreamy.
The Reuben filling on its own is amazingly tasty. And, you can certainly bake it, as is, and serve it with some toasted marble rye bread. But why stop there, when you can really throw this one into the end zone for a touchdown? And stuff that Reuben filling into soft, salty, chewy, buttery pretzel dough!
I could go on and on about how amaze-foot-balls these Reuben stuffed soft pretzels taste, but you should most definitely make these and
see devour for yourself. So go grab yourself a beer (if you are 21 or older) and tackle this recipe. Blue 42. Reuben Stuffed Pretzels for you. Hike!! I’m lame I know, oh well. Until next time, cheers!
Reuben Stuffed Pretzel Bombs
- Reuben Mix:
- 6 Ounces Cream Cheese
- ¼ Cup Thousand Island Dressing
- 4 Ounces Swiss Cheese – grated (about 1 heaping cup, packed)
- 4 Ounces Gruyere Cheese – grated (about 1 heaping cup, packed)
- 8 - 9 Ounces Deli Corned Beef – small dice
- ½ Cup Sauerkraut – drained and small dice
- ¼ Cup Fresh Chives – chopped
- ¼ tsp Salt , plus more to taste
- ¼ tsp Pepper , plus more to taste
- ½ Cup Milk
- ½ Cup Beer
- 1 package Active Dry Yeast (2 ¼ tsp)
- 1/8 tsp Granulated Sugar
- 2 TBS Light Brown Sugar , packed
- 2 ¼ Cups All Purpose Flour , plus more for dusting - divided
- 2 TBS Unsalted Butter - softened and diced
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/3 Cup Baking Soda
- 4 TBS Unsalted Butter - melted, for brushing the tops of bombs
- Sea Salt , to taste
- Serving Options: Chives, Thousand Island Dressing
- For Filling: In a medium sized mixing bowl combine all Reuben ingredients. Stir well to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use (this will also allow the flavors to develop).
- For Pretzels: Warm the milk and beer to 105-110 degrees F in a small saucepan or the microwave. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Sprinkle yeast and granulated sugar into bowl and stir to combine. Allow the yeast to soften and become foamy, about 5-10 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar and 1 cup of flour, mix at low speed for 45 seconds - 1 minute, until combined.
- Add the butter and mix at low speed for 1 minute.
- Add the remaining 1 ¼ cup flour and the kosher salt to the bowl. Mix on medium-low speed until dough comes together in a small, smooth ball, about 3-5 minutes. The dough should be slightly tacky, but not sticky. If dough is sticky, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth, tacky ball forms.
- Remove dough and form into a ball. Spray the mixing bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place dough ball back into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise, in a warm spot, until doubled in size, about 1 hour*.
- To make Reuben Bombs: Punch down the dough to deflate and turn it out onto floured work surface. Cut the dough into 36 pieces. To do this, quarter the dough and roll each quarter into cylinder. Cut the cylinder into thirds, roll each into another cylinder and cut into thirds again, to yield 36 pieces.
- Working one at a time, roll each pretzel dough piece into a ball and flatten it into a circle with your hands. Place 1 tablespoon of Reuben mixture into the center of each dough circle. Gently pull up, and wrap dough over Reuben mixture to enclose. Pinch the edges together to seal. If the dough tears, lightly dust your fingers with flour, pinch tears together, and gently roll to form ball. Place formed ball off to the side on your lightly floured work surface and repeat with remaining dough until all the balls are formed. Keep dough balls covered with a damp kitchen towel, or plastic wrap, while flattening and stuffing pretzel balls.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Lightly flour a clean work surface.
- Warm 3 cups of water in the microwave until bath water temperature. Pour water into a shallow baking dish or medium sized mixing bowl. Add baking soda and stir to dissolve. Set aside.
- Use a slotted spoon to gently dip each pretzel bomb into the baking soda water, remove and arrange on prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced apart and not touching. Sprinkle tops liberally with sea salt
- Bake, on the middle rack, for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
- While pretzel bombs are still warm, use a pastry brush to brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Transfer to a plate and garnish with chives. Serve with additional Thousand Island dressing for dipping. Enjoy!
*Pretzel Bombs inspired by The Slow Roasted Italian**
*To make a warm, draft free, place in your house for dough to rise: Before you start measuring ingredients, turn your oven on to the lowest possible temperature. Turn off when oven temperature reaches 80-90 degrees F. Place your dough, in its covered bowl, in the oven to rise.
*You can subtitute all milk for beer in dough ingredients