Cooking with Craft Beer: Anchor Steam Cheesy Pretzel Bites

Beer and pretzels have been a favorite pairing of beer drinkers since… well, since beer and pretzels have existed. The saltiness of a pretzel pairs particularly well with the crisp finish and rich, distinctive flavor of Anchor Steam Beer, so when we saw a photo of these cheesy pretzel bites made with Anchor Steam, fresh out of the oven, we had to know more.

Adam McGuigan, a member of the Anchor Instagram community, originally saw the recipe on Buzzfeed. While reading through the ingredients, he figured a version using Anchor Steam sounded tempting, so he gave it a shot. Adam’s photo of the results is below, along with the recipe. If you end up giving these a try yourself, send us a photo! Cheers, and bon appétit.

Anchor-Steam-pretzel-bites-300Ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. beer of your choice
  • 1 lb of pizza dough
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • Coarse salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425°F / 220°C.

Toss the cheddar cheese with the corn starch until it’s evenly distributed. In a medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of beer to a simmer. Then add in the cheese and corn starch mixture and whisk until it begins to thicken. Once thick, take off the heat. (It may cool and become more solid over time, but don’t worry! It will melt back down in the oven, so this is fine.)

Slice a small piece of your pizza dough, roll it into a ball, then flatten it out. Place a small spoonful of the beer cheese mixture in the center of the dough. Pick up the top and bottom edges and bring them up and together. Do the same with the left and right edges. Continue bringing in the rest of the edges of the dough until it all meets in the center and there are no gaps for the cheese to leak out of during baking. (You can pick up and twist the top of the dough to make sure everything is more secure.)

Anchor-Steam-Beer-12-oz-60pxBring five cups of water to a boil in a medium pot. When you’ve finished putting together your pretzel bites, add the baking soda to the water and immediately scoop in your pretzel bites. Boil for 20-30 seconds, then take out and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine one egg and two tablespoons of beer and beat with a fork until they are well blended. Brush the mixture onto the top of each pretzel bite, then top with coarse salt.

Bake for 15-20 minutes (or until they have browned). As the fresh-baked pretzel bites cool, open a chilled Anchor Steam Beer to enjoy with them. Cheers!

Recipe via Buzzfeed.com

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