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T his linky party is the perfect place to show off your creativity! Share your blog posts, for a chance to be featured next month!     WELCOME to the August 2022  " You're the Star " Blog Hop! Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog: Keep cool during these last few weeks of summer with my delicious 3-Ingredient No Churn Ice Cream ! ___________________________ WELCOME to  HOME feature week of the August 2022  " You're the STAR " blog hop! Meet your HOME week Hosts   This week is HOME feature week Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs: Bev from Eclectic Red Barn Cindy from Mom, the Lunch Lady Niki from Life as a LEO Wife This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU! There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month.   The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:

Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Spicy pepperoni and a creamy cheese blend is rolled into soft pretzel dough.

Hun... What's for Dinner? | Spicy pepperoni and a creamy cheese blend is rolled into soft pretzel dough.

This is a recipe that I entered into a Real Woman of Philadelphia Canada contest a few years back. It won a place in the Season 1 cookbook and I would like to share it with you today. It is a wonderful appetizer, perfect for game night, boys night in, or even for a small get together. Everyone seems to love pizza and soft pretzels, so why not put them together into one heck of an awesome appetizer?

The kids love these. Think of these as kick up pizza rolls. Your guest will be digging in and begging for more!

Pizza Stuffed Pretzel Bites

printable version

3/4 C warm water
1 1/4 tsp fast acting yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 C flour
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp each dried basil and oregano
1 C mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
3/4 C Cheddar, finely shredded, divided
pepperoni slices
Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 C favourite marinara sauce, of leftover meat sauce

In a medium bowl, add sugar to warm water then sprinkle yeast on top. Let float for a minute then stir to dissolve the yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes as yeast activates and starts to foam. Add salt and flour and knead 5-10 minutes; adding more flour as needed to reduce stickiness. Divide dough in to 12 pieces and roll each piece into a long rope. With a rolling pin, flaten each rope to 1 1/2 inch wide.

In a seperate bowl, mix cream cheese with mozzarella, 1/2 C Cheddar, garlic powder, basil and oregano; mixing to combine thoroughly. Spread some of the cheese mixture onto every piece of dough, leaving a slight border along one of the long sides. Place pepperoni slices ontop of the cheese. Fold half of the dough (long side) over to the center. Fold remaining daugh over to the center and pinch seams (so that the filling is inside and you are left with a stuffed tube of dough), along with ends.

Place stuffed dough onto baking sheets. Beat egg with a touch of water, to make an egg wash. Brush tops of dough with egg wash and sprinkle some with Parmesan and others with remaining cheddar.

Bake at 400 degrees, until dough is golden and tops are browned. Let cool 10 minutes, before slicicng. Slice on the diagonal, into 1 inch pieces and serve with warmed marinara or meat sauce.


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