TSJ’s Reuben Stuffed Pretzel Sticks

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When it comes to Super Bowl, I root for the food, which means my team always wins. Yesterday was no exception. Hoping to come up with something unique, I began running traditional party snacks through my head: Wings, potato skins, stuffed bread, soft pretzels….stuffed soft pretzels….WAIT a minute! My wheels were turning with various combinations until I landed on these: TSJ’s Reuben Stuffed Pretzel Sticks. Excitement took over–I couldn’t test them out fast enough.

It’s everything you love about the savory sandwich–seasoned pastrami, melted swiss cheese and tangy sauerkraut–tucked inside a salty, pillowy game day pretzel that’s been coated in caraway seeds in honor of the classically paired rye bread. Dip these easier-to-eat counterparts into their familiar friend, Russian dressing, or go bold with deli-style or whole grain mustard. Touchdown!

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Dough recipe from Highlights.com

1 pkg. yeast

3/4 cup warm water

1 tablespoon sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Swiss cheese (About 2 slices per recipe)

About 1/4 cup pastrami, cut into small pieces

About 1/4 cup sauerkraut

1 egg, beaten

Coarse salt (I used kosher salt and a pinch of sea salt)

Caraway seeds

Russian dressing, Deli mustard and/or Whole grain mustard for dipping

Preheat the oven to 400°.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with vegetable oil.

Sprinkle a package of yeast onto ¾ cup of warm water. Add
a tablespoon of sugar, and stir. Let stand until mixture foams.

Put two cups of flour and ½ teaspoon of salt into a bowl.

Add the yeast mixture and stir.

Sprinkle flour on a cutting board and knead the dough until it is smooth.

Flatten dough and cut into thick, rectangular strips.

Top with 1/3 slice swiss cheese.

Cover with pastrami.

Add sauerkraut.

Pull each side to cover filling, then stretch bottoms to cover completely.

Lay pretzels fold side down on the foil-lined cookie sheet.

Beat an egg with a fork.

Brush pretzels with the egg wash, then sprinkle with coarse salt and caraway seeds.

Bake pretzels for 15 minutes, then broil until golden brown. Let cool on a rack.

Serve with Russian dressing, deli mustard and/or whole grain mustard. Eat and enjoy in front of the game, or while watching commercials.

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