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Soft Pretzel Sticks with Beer Cheese Dip

Cooking method:

Ninja® Foodi™ 10-in-1 XL Pro Air Fry Oven
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total time: 1h 30 mins
  • Skill Easy
  • Serves 8 people

Allergies

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Eggs, Dairy

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Ingredients

For the soft pretzels

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with a splash of water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Coarse salt to taste

Beer Cheese dip

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup lager-style beer
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions

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Method

  • Step 1

    To make the soft pretzels: In a large bowl, mix the water and sugar until combined. Stir in the yeast and set aside to rest for 5 minutes, until the yeast starts to foam. 

  • Step 2

    Add the flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons of oil. Mix thoroughly until a dough form. 

  • Step 3

    Remove the dough from the bowl and use the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to grease the inside of the bowl. Place the dough back in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour. The dough should double in size. 

  • Step 4

    Once the dough has risen, fill a large pot of water about half full and heat over high heat. Whisk in the baking soda and bring to a rolling boil.

  • Step 5

    While the water comes to a boil, dust a clean work sur-face with some flour. Turn the dough out onto the surface and cut it into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into medium-thin ropes and shape them into sticks.

  • Step 6

    Once the water is boiling, add the pretzel sticks, 3 or 4 at a time, and boil on one side for 30 seconds. Flip over each stick and boil for 30 seconds more. Transfer them to a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining pretzel sticks, distributing them evenly between the two sheet pans. 

  • Step 7

    Brush the tops of the pretzel stick with the egg wash.

  • Step 8

    Install the wire racks on Levels 1 and 3. Select BAKE, select 2 LEVEL, set the temperature to 450°F, and set the time to 15 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin preheating. 

  • Step 9

    When the unit has preheated, place a sheet pan on each wire rack. Close the oven door to begin cooking.

  • Step 10

    Bake the pretzels for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

  • Step 11

    Remove the pans from the oven. Brush the pretzel sticks with the melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. 

  • Step 12

    To make the beer cheese dip: Melt the butter in a large saucepan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the flour and whisk until completely combined. Add the beer, milk, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika, and whisk until smooth. Continue cooking until the mixture has thickened and has nearly reached a simmer.

  • Step 13

    Add the cheeses and whisk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the dip to a heatproof bowl, top with the scallions, and serve alongside the soft pretzels.