Soft Baked Pretzels and a Cheesy Mustard Dip

"Who doesn't like pretzels and cheese dip. This is simple, easy, quick and a great appetizer. Try MNF (Monday Night Football), a Sunday tail gate, or just a pot luck dinner. Just easy. If you don't want salt, pepper, poppy seeds, parmesan, lots of other topping can be put on the pretzel if you don't want salt.."
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Ready In:
24 pretzels


  • 1 (11 ounce) can pillsbury breadsticks
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (or you can you poppy seeds, or even grated parmesan, use your favorite pretzel toppings, I prefer ju)
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese (I like spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (you can add more if you want more tang)
  • 3 tablespoons dark beer (if you don't want to use beer, you can use milk, but the beer to me just really adds a nice flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons diced bacon, sauteed (optional as a garnish)


  • Cheese sauce -- Add the beer (or milk), cheese, mustard, and onion to a small sauce pan and heat up. Garnish with the sauteed bacon.
  • Bread -- Separate the 12 bread sticks and then cut each lengthwise in half to make 24 bread sticks. Now roll each one to make a small rope. Now make a knot. I don't care how you make the knot, use any design you want. I like to make a '"O" the cross the bottom and twist and then flip the cross piece back over the "O", but again, just make a knot, it isn't important that they look perfect.
  • Brush the breadstick with egg and then add the salt. Bake 375 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve with the cheese sauce. The perfect quick appetizer.

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  1. Terri Newell
    I thought these were just okay. Not a lot of flavor, but easy and fast. My daughter enjoyed them for a recess snack.
  2. MaMere
    Made these as a nibble for DH when he got home today. They are a fun, quick fix treat! I topped mine with sea salt and I made the cheese sauce and decided to add Cowboy Candy and pimentos...YUM Thanks for sharing SarasotaCook!


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