Yes, yes, yes. I know Fall means leaves changing color, temperatures dropping (someday they will even drop here in Houston!), pumpkins, squash, etc. And that's all great! But in my house, you know what else that means? Football season (at least as far as my kids are concerned; I don;t follow football), the baseball playoffs (yes, I know my Mets lost (sigh), and the start of a new hockey season. We don't consider ourselves sports-obsessed, but we do love our baseball and hockey. And where there's sports-watching, there's snacks, right? Right? So, I decided snacks were due for a Recipe of the Week. Now, I'm a low-carb guy, but I have to say this week's recipe is certainly worthy of a carb investment. This week's featured recipe is Garlic Herb Parmesan Pretzel Twists from one of my favorite blogs, What's Gaby Cooking.
Take a homemade pretzel and stuff it to the gills with fresh garlic, Italian herbs, and parmesan. How can you go wrong? Hmmm? Oh yeah, pair it with marinara and you're good to go.
So, here's the low-down on this recipe. I won't kid you, it's going to take an investment of some time - maybe 1 1/2 to 2 hours all together. Keep in mind though that in the middle of that is a 50-55 minute dough-rise time during which you can go catch pre-game or whatever. So we're talking maybe an hour's worth of work (and investment well worth it!).
You start by prepping the dough using a stand mixer - about a 10-15 minute process all together. Then the dough goes through that 50-55 minute rise I mentioned above. After that, it' s a boil and bake process. which will take somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-45 minutes. Now, get ready for the boiling/baking part. This is about a 30 minute process in part because each pretzel twist gets boiled individually.
These guys cool on a cooling rack for at least five minutes (while you fight off those trying to eat them hot!). Gaby suggests serving them with marinara for dipping; which sounds like the perfect complement to me. Or maybe a cheese sauce? Hmmm. This might lend itself to some experimenting.
As you know, in this area I like to focus on the wonderful bloggers that create these great recipes. And you'll also recognize that What's Gaby Cooking is one of my absolute favorites. I think Gaby does a great job balancing tasty, creative recipes while keeping them relatively simple. This is the third recipe of hers that I've featured here. So, to see her other featured recipes (and learn more about her and her blog), check out these guys:
- Meyer Lemon Blueberry Scones
- Roasted Acorn Squash (as a matter of fact, acorn squash was a focus of mine this week. To read more (and see more acorn squash recipes) can check out my earlier blog post: Fall in Love with Acorn Squash.
Give this recipe a try! It's the perfect game-day snack with a twist (get it? LOL). I'll warn you, they may all get wolfed down by 1st intermission of the NY Rangers game (It's hockey, people. C'mon! LOL), but that just means you need to have tons on hand, right? Sounds like an excuse to make a double-batch! Ciao!
RECIPES OF THE WEEK.
And be sure to visit the great blogs I mention. You'll be happy you did!