Scrumptious Party Pretzel Bowl with Savory Cheese Dip

BY LUVEY

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Looking for a fun and inventive recipe for a special occasion?

This recipe gives you the power to create your own pretzel bowl and a wonderful dip for everything from pretzels, chips, and veggies.

There are a few steps to creating this yummy treat, but it's well worth it!

Ingredients

Pretzels

  • 1 cup finely crushed cheddar miniature pretzels
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) quick-rise yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon yellow cornmeal

Egg Wash

  • EGG WASH:
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Kosher salt, optional

Dip

  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • Chopped seeded jalapeño peppers and additional shredded pepper jack cheese, optional
  • Assorted fresh vegetables

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix pretzels, dressing mix, yeast, sugar, baking soda and 1 cup flour. In a small saucepan, heat water, milk and butter to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat on low speed until moistened. Add cheese; beat on medium 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover with plastic and let rest 10 minutes.
  • Grease a baking sheet; sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough into a round loaf; place on prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Whisk egg white with water; brush over top of loaf. If desired, sprinkle with salt. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped, 30-35 minutes. Cool on pan 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For dip, mix sour cream, pepper jack cheese and dressing mix. Refrigerate until serving.
  • To serve, cut one fourth off top of bread loaf. Hollow out bottom of loaf, leaving a 1/2-in.-thick shell. Cut removed bread into cubes. Fill bowl with dip. If desired, top with peppers and additional cheese. Serve dip with bread cubes and vegetables.

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