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