Saturday, March 19, 2011

Vegetarian Pizza Pretzel Bites Recipe

Day 78.

This was another one of those I spotted and knew I had to veggie-converter. Our toddler and I both loooovvvee pizza. And the husband likes it pretty well, too. So this is a perfect snack or meal for us.

Recipe
Adapted from Pizza Pretzel Bites.
Ingredients
1 1/2 C warm water
2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Canola oil
Vegan pepperoni slices, cut into small pieces (I used Yves)
Shredded mozzarella cheese
5 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
Coarse sea salt
Pizza sauce-for serving

Directions
Combine the water, sugar, yeast, and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook until combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Add the salt and flour and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Remove the dough from the bowl, place on a flat surface and knead into a ball with your hands.

Oil a bowl with canola oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot over high heat and carefully add the baking soda.

Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 6 equal piece. Roll each piece into a long rope measuring 12 inches and shape. Cut the dough into one inch pieces to make the pretzel bites. Roll each bite flat with a rolling pin. Stuff each bite with pepperoni and cheese. Fold over the dough and pinch the ends. Do your first batch (my batches were in sets of 12). Set bites on a baking sheet and continue until batch of pretzel bites are stuffed.

Boil the pretzel bites in the water solution in batches. Meanwhile, stuff remaining pizza bites. You can also stuff and then boil the whole recipe, I just prefer to save time by doing two things at once. Boil for about 30 seconds. Remove with a large slotted spoon. Place pretzel bites on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a Silpat.  Make sure they are not touching. Spray cooking spray on top (you could also use egg wash) and season liberally with the salt. Place into the oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes. Serve warm with pizza sauce.

Makes about 6 dozen pizza stuffed pretzel bites

The Results
Holy pizza bites, batman. These are fantastic. The husband will be lucky if there are any left for him to try. Our toddler is gobbling them up still as I type. I ended up doing 3 dozen filled and 3 dozen plain (I couldn't get down to get more mozzarella while the kids were up). The plain are fabulous on their own or dipped in cheese or marinara sauce. Yum. I love it.

What's your family's favorite snack?

This post is shared with What's for Lunch Wednesday and Muffin Tin Monday.

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