Snacks for Watching the Game–Pretzel Bites & Honey Mustard Dip

These tasty pretzel bites with the homemade dip are just right for when the gang is home to watch all the games.  While the recipe takes a while and has several steps, it is fun for the family to do together as a pregame warm-up!  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  In reality I usually prepare these with just one helper so I can avoid all the yammering on TV before the games start.

Anyway, my helper gets some perks–like getting to taste the first ones out of the oven.  Also my helper gets to make the dip–usually all by himself (or herself) because it is only measuring and mixing with a spoon.  Good practice for someone who wants to learn to cook.  Since the dip is quite flavorful, my helper always feels accomplished with the results.

My family is not one that “grazes” much.  We sit down to meals together usually, plus there is the after school snack.  But we don’t snack all the time.  One exception is during weekend football games on TV.  I allow everyone to make his or her sandwiches, and we have munchies during the day-long sports shows.  No wonder we gain weight in the winter!

This recipe for a special snack is fun to make and fun to eat.  Remember it when you have a group together and want a crunchy, tangy treat!  Enjoy!

Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Dip
  • 3¼ cups Baking Free™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ⅓ cup dry milk powder
  • 3 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1½ cup warm water (about 95-100 degrees)
  • Baking soda bath (6 cups water + 1 tablespoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon salt)
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling
  • ½ cup Dujon mustard
  • 2 heaped tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons mayonaise
  • lemon juice
  1. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place flour, xanthan gum, milk powder, yeast, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix together. Add the egg whites, cider vinegar and butter and mix to combine. With the mixer on low, stream in the water. Once the water is combines, turn the mixer up to high and beat for about 3 minutes. The dough will be wet. Add more flour by the tablespoon until the dough pulls away from the bowl (comes together). It will still be a loose dough.
  3. Place the dough on a floured surface and dust the top with flour. Cut dough into 3 pieces and place on one of the baking sheets. Cover with floured plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise for about 30 minutes.
  4. When the dough is nearing the end of the rise, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. And prepare the soda bath in a large, heavy pot. Bring the soda bath to a boil over high heat. While waiting for the soda bath to boil, shape the dough.
  5. With a scraper or sharp knife, dusted with flour, cut each ball of dough in half and roll into a long tube about 1-inch in diameter and 10-inches long. cut each tube into bites about 1-2 inches long. Dust the tops of the bites with more flour and cut 2 slashes in each bite about ⅛ of an inch deep with a sharp knife.
  6. Place as many bites of dough into the boiling soda bath without crowding. Allow to boil for 30 seconds and flip over for another 30 seconds. Remove them with a strainer and place on baking sheets with the slashes on top.
  7. Place the pretzel bites in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on the pan before serving. Makes about 30-45 pretzel bites.
  1. Mix together the ingredients in a small bowl. I add lemon juice to taste. Serve along side the bites as a dip. Makes about 1 cup dip.