Jalapeño Beer Cheese with Pretzel Bites

 Are you going to watch that old football  game without snacks?  How about the 2001 NCAA championship? Well, since the games are old, how about a new  pretzel recipe? How about a jalapeño pretzel? How about a jalapeño pretzel with cheese sauce?  How about getting a beer and let’s watch the old game again.
1 1/2 cups warm water, 110 degrees
4 cups flour
1 pack dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 egg  mixed with 3 tablespoons of water
Whisk yeast in the warm water and let sit for 2 minutes
Add honey and 1 tablespoon oil
In large bowl add flour and salt, stir
Add yeast/ water combination
Add jalapeño
Mix throughly (if dough is still sticky add more flour)
Coat with 2 tablespoons oil
Cover with a clean towel and let rise for 10 minutes
Turn out on board and  cut into 8 parts
Roll pretzels
Baking soda bath:
1/2 cup baking soda
10 cups water
Bring water to a boil
Add soda
Add pretzels one at a time to soda water for 20 seconds per side
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet
Brush pretzels with egg wash
Preheat oven to 350
Bake until golden brown about 23-28 minutes
Cheese dipping sauce:
3 cups sharp Pinconning cheese or sharp cheddar, grated
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup lager beer (so buy something you want to drink – you are going to have some left)
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 jalapeño finely chopped
1 teaspoon hot sauce
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
In a large sauce pan melt butter and mix in flour
Let cook for 4 minutes until it slightly brown, whisking constantly
Add milk
Add beer (use a lager not a stout)
Add Worcestershire, mustard, hot sauce, and garlic
Simmer for 5 minutes
Add cheese in 4 portions
Cook, hand whisking until smooth



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