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Hot Homemade Pretzels with Southern Pimento Cheese

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Personal Chef, Lisa Glickman shares her amazing pretzel recipe. Her website it full of many other fabulous recipes. To check it out, CLICK HERE!

Hot Homemade Pretzels with Southern Pimento Cheese

Makes about 8

  • 1 package of store bought pizza dough
  • non-stick spray
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Crunchy specialty salt, such as Fleur de sel, Maldon or
  • Parchment paper or non-stick mat

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray cutting board lightly with non-stick spray. Portion pizza dough into 8 pieces. (pieces should be about the size of a tennis ball). Roll dough into ropes about 16 inches in length. Place dough in front of you in a large ‘U” shape. Pick up ends of dough, lift and twist the ends twice. Fold back toward you and press into pretzel shape. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment or non-stick mat. Fill a wide pot with about 10 cups of water. Add Baking soda and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve baking soda and turn to a low boil. Working in batches, carefully drop pretzels into water. When they rise to the top, carefully flip over. Cook pretzels for about 60 seconds total and place them back on lined baking sheet. Break egg into a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Brush pretzels with egg wash and sprinkle with salt. Bake Pretzels in 450-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until deep golden brown. Serve warm.

Southern Pimento Cheese

There are many recipes for Pimento Cheese and this is my version. I use fresh garlic and chopped green onion, but feel free to substitute with garlic or onion powder. The main ingredient is the sharp cheddar cheese. For this, there are no substitutions.

  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Bleecher’s Flagship sharp cheddar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • ¼ mayonnaise
  • ½ cup softened cream cheese
  • A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
  • A few drops of hot pepper sauce, such as tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 4oz jar chopped pimentos, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste