Semi-Homemade Pretzels and Beer Cheese

I looooooove pretzels.  Someone mentioned to me that sometimes when bakeries that make pretzels run out of pretzel dough, they just use the bread dough, and I was like wahhhhhh?

So this was probably a bad thing for me to learn how to do.  I might have eaten  the first batch all by myself.  And they come out perfect every time. But I especially love them in beer cheese, so I did some searching and then took a little from everything and came up with a lovely, gooey side of cheese.

Soft Pretzels
12 frozen white dinner rolls (I use Rhodes or my homemade yeast rolls)
1 egg+1 Tbsp. water
6 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
  1. Allow your dinner rolls to thaw.  The oil your hands and roll them into logs.
  2. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
  3. About 15 minutes before the hour is up, preheat oven to 375
  4. In your big saute pan, combine water and baking soda. Bring to boil.
  5. In a bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. of water. Whisk smooth.
  6. Once rolls have risen, drop each roll into baking soda water, and let cook 30 seconds.  Made sure it's submerged as much as possible. 
  7. Remove to rack to drain.
  8. Once all roll have been boiled, place on parchment-lined baking sheet with room to further rise.
  9. Swipe with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt (sea salt or kosher work nicely).
  10. Bake until pretzel brown and golden.
Super Easy Beer Cheese
1/2 brick cream cheese
1-2 cups shredded cheddar
1 can beer ( I use Yuengling)
  1. In food processor or mini chopper, combine cream cheese and 1 cup of shredded cheddar.  Pulse to combine and chop up.  
  2. Add a few tablespoon of beer and continue.  Repeat until it becomes the texture of pub cheese.  You can eat it like this, or go on to next step.
  3. Remove to microwave bowl.
  4. Microwave 1 minute, stir.  Add more beer if needed. Repeat until desired consistency archived.
  5. Drink remaining beer or save in mashon jar to boil shrimp in at another date.
Note: Yes, you need to use white bread. Yes you need to egg.  Yes you need to boil in baking soda.  These things make them do the things that pretzels do.