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Victory Ale Pretzel Bites & a Giveaway

by Milisa on February 1, 2012

Victory Ale Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

Welcome to the Super Bowl Cook Off with The Lewis Bear Company and Virtual Potluck!  The Lewis Bear Company is a family owned beverage distributorship founded in 1876, the regional franchise for Anheuser-Busch.  They are headquartered in Pensacola home to our very own 30AEats!  Be sure to visit for the full round up of Super Bowl goodies!

I have been a football fan since my early teenage years.  I was a Broncos fan when everyone around me were Dallas Cowboy fans.  I was quite pleased to be surrounded by Broncos fans when I moved to Wyoming.  I have to say I am especially pleased to be a Broncos fan with Tim Tebow on the team!

Even though my team didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, I will still be watching and chowing down on some mighty fine food!  Any excuse to make a bunch of appetizers is good in my book.  Today I’m sharing Pretzel Bites that I made with the Victory Headwaters Pale Ale and a super easy cheese sauce.

Victory’s Headwaters Pale Ale is described as firmly crisp and aromatically arousing pale ale integrates a softly supportive malt base with underlies streams of herbal hop complexity. 

I was pleased at how well the flavors of the ale came through in the finished pretzels.  I thought pretzel bites were well suited to Super Bowl snacking and I know that you and all of the guys at your Super Bowl bash will love them!

The fine folks at The Lewis Bear Company are providing a sweet little giveaway!

A Victory Brewing t-shirt, Budweiser t-shirt & hat along with an opener and coozie.

US entries only.  Entries will be taken through Sunday, February 5, 2012.

To enter:

Leave a comment here, tell me who you want to win the Super Bowl, if you don’t care just tell me what your favorite appetizer is.  I know you love the food even if you don’t love the football!

For additional entries:

Please leave a comment for each.

Victory Ale Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

for pretzel bites:

1/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly

1 cup Victory Beer

1 teaspoon sea salt

3 3/4 – 4 cups all purpose flour

3 quarts of water

3/4 cup baking soda

1 egg, beaten

coarse salt for garnish

for cheese sauce:

8 oz Velveeta

2 tablespoons Victory Beer

Cooking Directions:

In a large bowl, add warm water and stir in yeast and sugar.  Let stand 5 minutes or until yeast starts to bubble.  Stir in beer, olive oil, and melted butter.

Stir in 1 cup of flour, add salt and continue adding flour 1 cup at a time.  When dough comes together and pulls away from bowl, pour onto a floured surface.  Knead dough for 3 to 5 minutes, adding flour as needed.  Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a flour sack towel.  Allow to double in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Knead dough to remove any air bubbles.  Divide dough into 8 pieces.  Roll each piece into a rope about 1 inch in diameter.  If pieces are too hard to handle, just divide them again. Cut each rope into 1 inch pieces.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Bring 3 quarts of water to boil with baking soda.

Drop about 12 dough pieces at a time into boiling water and cook about 30 seconds.  Remove with a slotted spoon onto a greased or lined baking sheet.

Brush dough pieces with egg and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until pretzel bites are golden brown.

Meanwhile prepare the cheese sauce.

Cut Velveeta into small chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl.  Add 2 tablespoons beer and cook in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Enjoy!

Miss

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