Everything but the Bagel Seasoning coats soft baked pretzels for an easy appetizer idea.
Welsh rarebit cheese sauce & this easy sour cream dip makes it unforgettable!
Who doesn’t love soft baked pretzels?! They are iconic at carnivals, ball fields, and the street carts. Served in every pub and bar in America with drippy cheese sauce, lots of mustard, and other kinds of dip. Soft baked pretzels are just the bee’s knees that you can serve all kinds of ways in your home any time!
Now, y’all, who has time for making soft pretzels from scratch?! Not too many… But, thankfully Trader Joe’s has us covered with FROZEN soft baked pretzels. And, man! These are the easiest snack idea you could make! There are four pretzels in each pack, and they have salt included. This recipe opts for using Everything but the Bagel Seasoning – which is all the seasonings you find on the bagel we know and love.
What is in Everything but the Bagel Seasoning?
- Onion flakes
- Garlic flakes
- Sesame seeds
It is delicious on eggs, avocado toast, pasta, anything that sits still really. 😉
You can buy it at Trader Joe’s or on Amazon.
In elementary school, somedays my mom would have soft baked pretzels waiting for us — and we would dip in yellow mustard outside on the deck, and we thought it was just the best thing ever. I’m sure there was red kool-aid included, because #1996. Who else lived their best life in the 90s off of kool-aid and bagel bites?! Does anyone remember Gushers?!? Whenever I pass them in the market now, I am tempted… those commercials were strong. I have a strong pull towards commercials, infomercials, you name it. I was the girl who woke up on Saturday mornings and watched the infomercials on cooking products and waxing kits and wanted ALL the things! I convinced my dad to take me to Red Lobster since I had seen how yummy their food looked… Needless to say, I didn’t eat my dinner, and I’ve only been back once. And that wasn’t a very good experience either! 😉
Let’s chat about dips for soft baked pretzels. They’re great on their own, however, they’re even better with cheese dip and a two-ingredient sour cream dip. First, let’s talk about cheese sauce. There are a few simple steps to making an amazing cheese sauce. But! You have to be careful… your sauce can turn gritty in no time, and that’s not very appetizing.
What Do You Need for Cheese Sauce?
- Milk or Cream
Extras you can add to any cheese sauce to make it exciting:
- Mustard like I’ll show you today
- Green chilis for an amazing queso
- Chipotle peppers for Taco Night
- Beer for that German flair
- Lots of black pepper for an out of this world fry dip
You’ll begin making a roux with butter and flour in a small saucepan. A roux is a simple mixture of butter and flour cooked until well incorporated. The saucepan should be over medium-low heat. Allowing the butter to melt fully, until small foamy bubbles form before you add the flour will help your roux not burn. Stir your roux using a wooden spoon, keeping the flour and butter moving so nothing sticks to the bottom. You want the butter and flour incorporated well, and the flour to cook for about a minute or so.
In a separate saucepan (you could even use a small saute pan), you want to heat your cream or milk, just until tiny bubbles form on the outside rim. Adding cold milk to a hot roux will create a gritty texture in your sauce. Bleck! Once your roux is ready, slowly add your heated milk and stir well with your wooden spoon. You want to keep stirring until no lumps appear, and the sauce thickens. When are able to run your finger through your spoon, and not run back on itself, the bechamel is thick enough. Finally, you’ll begin adding your hand-grated cheese, very slowly, over low heat. If your bechamel sauce is too hot, your cheese sauce could become gritty. Same with adding the cheese too quickly. Can you tell this is a simple, yet finicky recipe?! As soon as the cheese is melted, remove from the heat. Stir in any additions — today we’re using mustard! — and pour into a serving dish, ready to go! If you’re serving at a party for a longer period of time, use a fondue pot! It will keep your cheese sauce warm, and delicious!
Check back for the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning Sour Cream dip — it is the easiest appetizer recipe you will ever make!!