Pretzel Bites with Quick Cheddar Dip

180 mins (prep 60)
14 ingredients
makes 8 dozen pretzel bites
Although Americans chow down on plenty of crisp pretzels, there's something irresistible about the soft variety that makes them just as addictive, if not more so, than the crunchy version. When formed into bite-size nuggets, not only do they pop easily into your mouth, but they are also small enough to eliminate the temptation to double-dip in the Cheddar sauce. You can also offer up a bowl of mustard, or divide your Cheddar dip into three bowls, flavoring one with mustard and the other with caraway seeds. You may suspect that the large amount of baking soda to cook the pretzels is a typo; it's not. Believe us, it's the secret to the chestnut-brown color they develop during baking. Without it, the pretzels would look anemic. Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for A Father's Day Feast. Menu also includes Grilled Rib Pork Chops with Sweet and Tangy Peach Relish and The Ultimate Brownie Sundae.

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Serving Size (318.1 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 180.58 Calories from Fat 126.81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.09g 173.45%
Saturated Fat 8.97g 358.77%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 44.65mg 119.07%
Sodium 4320.4mg 1440.13%
Total Carbohydrate 0.85g 2.26%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.31 g %
Protein 10.6g 169.54%
Vitamin A 426.1IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 314.92mg% Iron 0.33mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
warm water, plus, bread flour or all-purpose flour, coarse kosher salt, packed light brown sugar, or