Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Pretzels

These pretzels are like a bagel on crack! They are sooo good! However, they are super filling and I would recommend making the pretzels without the filling and just dipping them afterwards in the spinach and artichoke dip because you can’t put a lot of filling in the pretzel or it will break through. I found the amount of spinach & artichoke in the pretzel once it puffed up was underwhelming. But as for the pretzel itself it is amazing and totally worth the effort!

Time: 1 hour + 35 min of prep, 1 – 2 hours of rising, 18 – 20 min cooking = ~ 3 – 4 hours total

Servings: 8

Calories/Pretzel: 385

Ingredients:

PRETZEL

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast*
  • 1 cup wheat beer, at room temperature
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups baking soda (for boiling the pretzels)**
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Coarse sea salt

SPINACH & ARTICHOKE DIP FILLING

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry of excess water
  • 1 (6.7 ounce) jar marinated artichokes, chopped

Link to recipe directions can be found HERE.

*Tip for using yeast: I got this from my mom and it is fool proof! Turn your oven on to 125F or whatever the lowest temperature it will go (mine is 170F). Once it reaches temperature turn it off and turn the oven light on. This is the perfect place to let your dough rise. To proof the yeast, mix it with the warm water and let it sit in the warm oven for 10 min. After the 10 min. mix together and knead your dough. Then you can put it back in covered with plastic wrap and a tea towel to rise.

** Don’t forget the baking soda when boiling the pretzels! I forgot this and I think it was the reason why they burnt on the bottom.

Equipment Required:

  • Stand mixer or mixing bowl
  • Dough hook for stand mixer (or you can use your hands to knead)
  • Hand mixer or spoon
  • Large bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cheese grater
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot
  • Rolling pin
  • Large slotted spoon
  • 2 baking sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Brush for egg wash

Recipe Review:

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – DIFFICULT

  • Steps: 7
    • Rating: Moderate
  • Involvement: 
    • 1 hour + 35 minutes prep time
    • Rating: Difficult
  • Ingredients & availability
    • 17 ingredients
    • All ingredients are normal and you can easily find at your local grocery store
    • Rating: Difficult