Can you believe my daughter doesn't like macaroni and cheese? She loves the pasta but isn't keen on the cheese she says. Lab results proved she was my kid (which I knew anyway because of her cuteness). Of course I'm joking about the lab work, but my mission wasn't easy - How could I get the awesome taste of mac n' cheese to her taste buds without her seeing it?
Stuffing it inside pretzel dough seemed like an awesome idea. I'd tell her one of those parenting white lies, you know the ones we keep for "get out of jail free" moments and then she'd realize how good it tastes. Problem solved, not quite. She loved the pretzel but skipped the filling, luckily her brother was there to shovel up her leftovers.
I've only made pretzel dough once before and I love the soft chewy texture. Topped with salt it's the perfect snack and the darker the crust, the better in my opinion. But I didn't use salt on this recipe. I topped the pretzel bites with crumbled crispy bacon! If you've ever wondered what yeast actually is and how it works, check out this science of yeast page from Red Star.
It wasn't until the very last minute that I thought about making a beer and mustard cheese dipping sauce and I'm glad I did. It went great along with the stuffed pretzel bites.Pretzels, macaroni, cheese and beer. It really doesn't get much better than these macaroni cheese pretzel bites with bacon.
You can make your own mac n' cheese if you prefer or use already made from your store deli or frozen case.