Mar 6, 2012

Cookbook : Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pretzel

Last week I spent the day shopping with my younger sister.  We popped into Starbucks to re-fuel and I noticed they were selling spinach and feta cheese stuffed pretzels.  I ordered one for us to share, and all I could think about for the next few days was trying to re-create a similar recipe.  If you've never made pretzels before you're about to be hooked.  They are really easy to make, and taste so so good.  Pretzels are a great place to play around with new recipes - savory and sweet.

Homemade Soft Pretzel via Two Peas and Their Pod
Soft Pretzel Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 1/2 cups all-
purpose flour
Cooking Spray ( any oil will do)
3 quarts water
3/4 cup baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

Stuffing Ingredients:
8 oz. fresh mozarella cheese
9 oz. spinach, chopped
Garlic powder, salt, & pepper, to taste

-Combine water, sugar,yeast, and butter.  Mix and let sit for about 5 minutes.
-Combine flour and salt.
- Slowly mix wet and dry ingredients in a stand mixer using dough hook.  Let dough continue to knead until it begins to pull away from sides of bowl.  This should take only a few minutes.  If the mixture is too wet, add extra flour- 1 tablespoon at a time.  If it's too dry, add 1 tablespoon of oil (I prefer Olive Oil).
-Place the dough on your work surface and, using your hands, knead the dough into a ball.
- Spray bowl with oil and place dough inside.  Cover the dough with a plastic bag or clean dish towel and place in a warm room.  (I set mine in the garage).  Allow to double in size, about 1 hour.
-While the dough is rising, chop spinach and dice mozzarella into small pieces.  Toss together in a bowl, adding garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
-Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
-Fill a pot on the stovetop with water and baking soda, allowing it to come to a boil.
-After the dough has risen, lay it back out on your work surface. Taking small pieces of the dough at a time, roll it out into long rectangles.  Place spinach and cheese mixture in the middle, leaving enough room to fold dough over to close. ( The shape that you make with the dough is completely up to you.  I opted for a simple bite size shape.)

 -  Slowly add a few pieces of dough to the boiling water, leaving them in for about 30 seconds.  Use a slotted spoon to remove dough from water and transfer them to a oiled baking sheet.
- Cover un-baked pretzels with egg wash and a sprinkling of coarse salt (optional).
-Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

These are really good straight out of the oven.  Pull apart,stringy melted cheese good.  I served them with a side marinara sauce ( or you could make your own).

Next time, I think I'd like to try making a sweet pretzel version.  Nutella & Cinnamon anyone?


  1. I'm so making this this weekend! Thanks for the recipe! They look so good!

  2. First time commenting here:) you have a loveable blog!

    The spinach and cheese stuffed pretzels look gorgeous, perfect for the remainder of wintry cold with a cuppa tea.

  3. ooooh yes, yes yes! they look divine.

  4. nice
    that looks good and easy to make

  5. Yummmm! You are making me hungry!


  6. omg Nuha even though I literally just finished eating my mouth is watering just watching this!! Thanks a lot! lol And please keep me posted about your Nutella & Cinnamon version. You know us we were all brought up with a spoon full of nutella in our mouths! Best post of the day! x

  7. Waw I need to try this! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. Ooooh my boyfriend will love you for sharing this recipe with me! :) Sounds delicious! Thanks girl!

  9. yummy!!

  10. I totally need to try this recipe:) Have a great day:) muah

  11. This sounds ridiculously good! Had no idea you could stuff pretzels!



  12. Oh my!! These look so amazing!! SO happy to have found your blog. New follower :)

  13. this looks delish! thank you for your sweet comments on my post over at clothed much! i am your newest follower and cant wait to read more!!

  14. I didn't know your blog, but I have to say that's really cute and fantastic!
    I follow you pretty

  15. These look amazing!! I'm going to have to try out the recipe!!


  16. Um wow!! This just looks and sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!


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