SAUSAGE PRETZEL BITES with Spicy Giardiniera Mustard

I have found your MVP appetizer for your big Super Bowl party….SAUSAGE PRETZEL BITES with Spicy Giardiniera Mustard

SAUSAGE PRETZEL BITES with Spicy Giardiniera Mustard

Sausage Pretzel Bites with Spicy Giardiniera Mustard



A few years ago I made a total “man’s” appetizer for Father’s Day.  I took some packaged crescent dough and wrapped it around pieces of bratwurst.  I baked those bad boys up and served with an assortment of mustards.  They were super good and the dad’s loved them!  You want a super quick and easy appetizer try that out.


Then this past September I came across a copy cat recipe for Auntie Anne’s pretzel bites on a blog titled Midget Momma.  I made a batch of these soft pretzel bites and served them with some homemade cheesy beer dip.  The kids loved them, the dads loved them, the moms loved them…you name it…everyone loved them.

Sausage Pretzel Bites


So I got to thinkin’ how could I “one up” myself and really score some appetizer points with my family for this years Super Bowl.  Tadah…picture light bulb moment….SAUSAGE PRETZEL BITES! I had some Vienna brand Polish sausage links in our freezer just waiting to  be eaten.  I decided to mix up a batch of pretzel dough, wrap pieces of dough around a piece of sausage, bake and impress!  There is nothing that goes better with sausage and pretzels than a good mustard.  We prefer the spicy mustard here.  I decided to mix up some store bought mustard with some Dell’Alpe Hot Giardiniera Relish (make sure you get the chopped up fine version of giardiniera rather than the chunky kind.  A mild giardiniera would work just fine as well.).  Within one hour we had the house full of wonderful smells and hungry mouths!  I let the kids and husband devour a few of the!  I froze the rest and will take out the rest of them this Sunday for Super Bowl.  We will just heat them up in the oven, serve with our mustard…and be happy, happy, happy!  These are super easy to make. Have the kids or loved ones help out and these can be made in a jiffy!  Make some football fan happy this weekend and makes these SAUSAGE PRETZEL BITES with Spicy Giardiniera Mustard!

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Serves 50
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  1. 2 cups milk
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons (2 packets) active dry yeast
  3. 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  4. 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  5. 4 1/2 cups flour
  6. 2 teaspoons fine salt
  7. 1/3 cup baking soda
  8. 3 cups warm water
  9. 10 pre-cooked Polish sausage, hot dogs, Italian sausage, etc... - cut each link into 5 equal pieces.
  10. Coarse salt
  11. 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  12. 8 ounces yellow mustard
  13. 2 tablespoons spicy or mild giardiniera relish
  1. Warm up the milk in the microwave for just about one and a half minutes. It should be about 110º. If it’s too hot it will kill the yeast. You should be able to comfortably keep your finger in it.
  2. Stir in the yeast and one tablespoon of the brown sugar and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the butter and remaining sugar.
  4. Add the flour about 1 cup at a time and the add the fine salt.
  5. Kneed for about 10 minutes with a stand mixer or by hand.
  6. Put it in a greased bowl and cover with greased cling wrap.
  7. Let rise for 1 hour in a moist, warm place until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 450º.
  8. Punch down dough and divide into 50 tablespoon size dough balls.
  9. Wrap a dough ball around each piece of sausage, making sure no sausage is showing.
  10. Combine the warm water and baking soda in a wide bowl.
  11. Dip each dough/sausage ball in the baking soda water.
  12. Place on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse salt.
  13. Bake for about 6-10 minutes or until browned and heated through.
  14. Dip each homemade pretzel in the melted butter while hot.
  15. In a small bowl mix yellow mustard with giardiniera relish. Serve with Sausage Pretzel Bites.
  1. * To freeze: after pretzels come out of oven let cool. Skip the dip in butter step. When cool freeze. When ready to serve take out of freezer and reheat in oven until hot throughout. Dip in butter one taken out of oven.
  2. **If you have any dough left over you can always form into a baguette or pretzel shape, dip into baking soda mixture and bake until golden.
Adapted from Auntie Anne's Pretzels Bites
Adapted from Auntie Anne's Pretzels Bites
La Mia Tabella




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