Brioche Pretzels with Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip! ... Brioche Pretzels? With Smoked Gouda Beer Cheese Dip? What?! If it sounds like heaven, it's because it is! These soft and buttery brioche pretzels are flaky and delicious! The outer shell is smooth and the crumb is pillowy soft like a cloud!
The beer cheese dip makes this combination a real part for your taste buds. This is not your traditional cheese dip. Smoked gouda and cheddar cheese come together with beer (I used Guiness), butter, and a few spices - and wow! Magic happens. I can guarantee that you'll be making this recipe for years to come. Also, this is perfect for parties, especially with Oktoberfest coming up!
Have you ever had beer cheese dip? When making this recipe, I wanted to use the flavors of a strong beer and a smoky cheese to come together. I think this flavor profile is a bit more complex than your traditional beer cheese dip. Also, I added some smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, garlic, and thyme to really build this dip into something that's unforgettable.
Let's talk about how to make the brioche pretzels. After allowing the yeast to bloom, add the dough hook attachment to a stand mixer and add the flour, salt, and the yeast mixture. You're also going to add water and butter and let the dough come together and form into a smooth ball. The key tip to getting the dough nice and smooth is giving the dough enough time to knead in the mixer. It will take at least 8 minutes. You really want to give the dough time to develop gluten and mix with the butter to make this crumb nice and soft!
Then we'll place the dough into a well oiled bowl and allow it to rise for an hour. The key is to get the dough to double in size. (For some reason, I love seeing the dough rise, it's always so cool to me). Cut the dough into 6 pieces, roll each into a ball and then into a long rope. The rope should be at least 18-22 inches. For a pretzel shaping tutorial, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwy9c0foFTc
I have found that I am a visual learner, so I hope that the tutorial listed above helps!
To make the smoked gouda beer cheese dip, it's actually quite simple. Melt butter in a saucepan and add flour. Whisk until the butter clumps up and then add the remainder of the ingredients - beer, milk, cheese, salt, and spices. Stir over medium heat until all of the cheese has melted and the ingredients come together! Eat up!
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