Cheddar Pretzel Bites

The reason I made such a big batch of these cheddar pretzel bites isn’t because I needed a huge amount for a family get-together. Sure, I needed some, but not a ton. Nope, I made a big batch because I wanted more for myself. Sorry, but it’s true. I was being selfish, but for a good reason. I love them. Crunchy, a bit buttery, and definitely cheesy.
You don’t have to use pretzels to make these cheddar bites. If you prefer, any cracker will do, specially oyster crackers or saltines. Just don’t substitute something that is strongly flavored and might not go well with the cheddar. That would make for a bowl of sadness.

Also check out my balsamic, pizza,and spicy garlic ranch pretzel bites! They are all out of this world good too!

Cheddar Pretzel Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 pound
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 F.
  2. Place pretzel bites in large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the oil and cheddar seasoning.
  4. Pour the oil mixture over the pretzels and toss to coat well.
  5. Pour pretzels bites out onto a large baking pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, tossing every 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving.

Balsamic Pretzel Bites

My goodness. Putting a bowl of these in front of me requires me to exercise self-control like I’ve rarely been forced to do before. Balsamic pretzel bites are a totally different take on the usual salty, often cheesy, tasty morsels. The balsamic glaze takes about 20 minutes to make, but it’s so worth the effort. You want the glaze to be a bit thick, thick enough that it sticks to the back of a spoon. The tart sweetness of the balsamic vinegar works perfectly on pretzels.
You can use any glaze actually. You don’t have to use ‘just’ balsamic. I’m contemplating trying some of the same glazes I use even on the grill, such as peach mango habanero, or sweet and spicy apricot. It often pays to think outside the box!

Balsamic Pretzel Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups pretzel bites
  • Balsamic glaze, divided, from below
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
For the balsamic glaze
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the pretzels in a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of balsamic glaze over the pretzels.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the cheese and seasoning and toss to coat.
  4. Serve drizzled with remaining glaze and sprinkled with the remaining cheese.
For the balsamic glaze
  1. Combine vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk until the brown sugar dissolves.
  3. Reduce heat and let simmer until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  4. Let cool slightly before using.