One of my favorite memories from childhood was the “snack plate” my mom made for us each afternoon when we got home from school. Appropriately named, these plates hosted a variety of snacks – a bunch of grapes, scoop of Chex Mix and oftentimes, the results of an afternoon of cooking with her friend. From her cooking sessions, I remember the pretzels they frequently made – soft pretzels. My siblings and I loved those original pretzels.
My mom later pursued her passion for cooking and went to culinary school - further developing in herself, and in her daughters, a love for cooking and sharing food with others. As she adopted new skills and techniques in the kitchen, she passed along her learning to us. The results were a fine tuned version of former recipes. Our palettes matured and evolved.
So, in thinking about the early version pretzels snacks of my childhood, I am sharing one of my mom’s pretzel recipes that is a family favorite today.
Blue Cheese Pretzels
1 lb. pretzel twists
1/2 c. Maytag blue cheese, crumbled
1/4 c. butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pour pretzel twists into large bowl. Using hands or a knife, break blue cheese into small crumbles. Melt butter in small saucepan and stir in garlic powder when melted. Pour butter mixture over pretzels. Add cheese crumbles and mix thoroughly. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven, stir immediately and let cool. *Use whole wheat pretzels for a healthier twist to your Blue Cheese Pretzel twists. Enjoy!
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