I never was one for sports. Sure, in college, I got excited about the big game, tailgated with the best of them, and learned all the appropriate cheers, but when it really came down to it, I was only there for the food (and sometimes drink). So, when my very dear, and very pregnant best friend invited some of us to a place called TopGolf for some friendly competition, I knew the competition would really be one sided, and hoped the food (and of course the company) would give me something else on which to focus my attention rather than my embarrassing lack of golf technique.
As is the usual, we found ourselves camped out in front of the food while each person tried their luck at scoring some points. Because I was there for the fun, I found myself studying our appetizer, which happened to be a pretzel board. Impressive as it was, we had no problem devouring it and leaving no food untouched.
Munching and cheering away, my best friend’s husband turned to me and asked, “Is The HoneyBatter going to make this?” While I may be athletically challenged, I am a sucker for a cooking related challenge, and this, well, it felt like a test.
Making this takes a little patience, and a little planning, but the planning and preparation is worth it to bring to your Super Bowl party (or really any party). It’s also good to make for a Saturday night, because why not?
Game Day Pretzel Board
*The beauty behind this appetizer is that you can really put whatever you want on it. I chose to include a little of everything, cheeses, meats and fruits, along with, of course, the pretzels.
These homemade pretzels
–The pretzels were relatively easy to make, and the dough was perfect for shaping. I let mine rise for over 2 hours just because I was busy.
-I tried to make one larger pretzel, so that I could place some of the smaller board ingredients inside the pretzel (like the nuts and fruit).
-I also made smaller pretzels to place around the board.
Homemade spicy brown mustard
–I make this and always have it in the fridge. I also vary the beer I use to alter the bitterness in the mustard. I’ve used stouts and IPAs both of which are very good. You can buy your mustard seeds from Amazon.
Crunchy Chili and Brown Sugar Pecans:
*From the book, Party Nuts!
4 c raw pecan halves (found them at Trader Joe’s)
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 c brown sugar (firmly packed)
1 heaping Tbsp. chili powder
*feel free to add more spice (cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Melt the butter and then mix the butter and pecans until they are fully coated.
- Pour in the sugar and spices. Mix completely until well coated.
- Pour the coated nuts onto the prepared baking sheet, make sure they are in a single layer.
- Roast these for about 20 minutes, making sure to mix them about halfway through the baking time. You want them to be lightly golden/browned.
- Remove from the oven when they are lightly browned and use a metal spatula to separate these from the parchment paper. Allow to cool and harden completely before removing them and placing them on the board.
White cheddar from Trader Joe’s
Everything Crackers, Trader Joe’s
Chianti Salami, Trader Joe’s
Andouille Chicken Sausage (this is already cooked, all you have to do is pan fry it quickly to warm them up). Trader Joe’s
–This snack is completely worth the effort, I promise.