I am still recovering from the huge disappointment yesterday...stupid Steelers beat my Ravens. Such a letdown.
However, there is still a lot of great football ahead (I hope the Patriots kick some Steeler ass next week!) so you'll need some good munchie recipes...like this one. This is a nice change to the typical pigs-in-blankets...with chewy pretzel dough instead of flaky biscuits. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce...I made some simple honey mustard, but barbecue sauce or even ranch dressing would be equally good. Enjoy!
Pretzel-Wrapped Sausage Bites
adapted from Foodie With Family
4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
2 quarts water
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 14-ounce packages cocktail smoked sausages (Lil' Smokies)
1 egg white, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Combine flour, sugar, milk, 1/2 cup water, salt and yeast in mixer fitted with dough hook. Mix on low for 6 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic (but still a bit sticky). Place dough in greased bowl,, cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm place for 35 minutes, or until doubled in size.
Line sheet pans with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
Cut off a ping pong ball sized piece of dough (keep the rest covered so it doesn't dry out) and roll into a cord 1/4-1/2 inch in diameter. Wrap cord around a sausage, cut off excess, and pinch to seal. Place on parchment-lined sheet pans. Let rise, uncovered for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees and bring 2 quarts water to a boil.
Add baking soda to the boiling water. Carefully lower some of the wrapped sausages into the boiling water. After about 45 seconds (the dough will get puffy), remove with a slotted spoon and return to parchment-lined pans. Brush each sausage bite with the beaten egg white, and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt.
Bake for 16 minutes, or until glossy and golden brown. Brush each sausage bite with melted butter and serve.