These little soft pretzels are possibly the best snacks ever. And the don't involve meat, so they kind of fit in the Lent category. They would be perfect for tailgates, sports gatherings, appetizers, road trips or just to have around the house to snack on. The process is simple enough, just a bit time consuming, but they come out so well that it is completely and utterly worth it.
Want to hear the best part? You can customize them if you want! I made these with a friend and we brainstormed different ways to make them unique. Here are our ideas for variations, and then the recipe will follow. If these don't work out perfectly don't be mad at me, I haven't tried them all yet.
Add garlic powder and parmesan to the egg wash mixture. You could sprinkle the top with any cheese you'd like (I'd go with mozzarella or parmesan) before putting them into the oven. Provide pizza sauce for dipping them into and possibly even pepperonis that you can stick onto them.
Amusement park or ball park
Make them exactly the same but provide nacho cheese sauce for dipping
Add garlic powder and grated Romano cheese to the egg wash mixture. Provide olive oil with pepper in it to dip them in.
Add garlic powder and feta to the egg was mixture. Provide Tzatziki sauce to dip them into. Or I guess you could dip them in hummus.
If you use butter instead of egg and then sprinkle the whole thing with cinnamon, you can have a sweet pretzel!
I know some of that sounds weird. These are delicious with just the Kosher salt on top, so there's no need to fiddle with them, but if you are having a themed party some of that might be cool.
Here's the recipe from Pennies on a Platter:
Homemade Soft Pretzels