Don’t get all twisted about what to do with your extra pretzels!
One of our favorite staples of Oktoberfest is the Pretzel! Chef Jill shows you some tasty ideas for the ubiquitous pretzel.
Not only are pretzels delicious in recipes, using them is a great stress reliever. Wait, what?! Well, Step #1 in using pretzels in most recipes is to crush them. It couldn’t be easier and it’s a sure way to work out the day’s frustrations. You’ll need a sealable bag and a rolling pin. Just place your pretzels in your bag (make sure it is sealed or the frustration will return when you have to pick up your mess!) and whack those pretzels into pretzel dust. Check your recipe for how fine you want the pretzel bits. Some recipes call for coarser bits to give a nice crunchy texture, other recipes call for a fine pretzel dust.
Finely pulverized pretzels, particularly savory, flavored pretzels, work perfectly as a coating for Pretzel-Coated Chicken. Place your pounded pretzels in a wide, shallow dish – a pie pan works wonderfully. In a second, similar pan, beat 2 eggs. And have a third similar pan ready with some all-purpose flour, salt and pepper. Dredge your chicken pieces in the flour, then the egg, then your pretzel dust. Bake it, fry it, cook it however you like, then enjoy!
But wait… you’re looking for a sweet treat with your pretzels instead of savory? No problem. Chef Jill suggests making a pie crust for a No-Bake Pie! Crush your pretzels just like for the other recipe, then add 1/4 cup Sugar and 1/4 cup Melted Butter. (How about adding a little cinnamon?) Mix those together and press it right into your pie plate – no need to bake it. Place it in your freezer for about 15 minutes to set, then add your favorite no-bake pie filling. Couldn’t be simpler, and boy, is that crust a deliciously salty, sweet addition to your dessert!
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