If you’re a farmers’ market regular, you’ve probably been tempted more than once by a stand selling fresh hard pretzels. Hand-rolled and locally made, these pretzels are even more irresistible than their supermarket siblings.
"The ones from the farmers’ markets tend to be larger, crunchier, and less salty," says Martha Stewart Living food editor Charlotte March. "They’re as great to cook with as they are to eat on their own." So the next time you pick up a bag of these knotted nibbles, keep a few out of the snack stash. Instead, use them to give a variety of dishes an unexpected twist.
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3 Ways to Use Pretzels
Use Them as Breading
Coat pork chops (or chicken) with grainy mustard; dredge in finely ground pretzels before cooking.
Turn Them into Candies
Try our Peanut-Butter Pretzel Candy recipe.
Peanut-Butter Pretzel Candy
Turn leftover farm-stand pretzels into simple candies. Peanut butter helps the crumbled pretzels stick together, and melted chocolate is the finishing touch.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room-temperature
1 cup crushed pretzels
5 ounces milk chocolate, melted
1. Stir together peanut butter, sugar, and butter. Stir in crushed pretzels. Form into 1-inch balls. Freeze for 30 minutes. Dip in melted chocolate. Refrigerate until set.
Make Individual Crumbles
Try our Pretzel Crumbles recipe.
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Create individual apple crumbles using pretzels from the market. Top halved apples with a mixture that includes crushed pretzels.
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons crushed pretzels
3 apples, halved and cored
1. Blend butter and flour with brown sugar. Stir in pretzels. Scatter over apple halves. Bake at 375 degrees until apples are soft and topping is crisp, 35 to 40 minutes.
Pretzels are year-round fixtures at farm stands.
Keep pretzels in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.
To crush or grind pretzels, pulse them in a food processor or place them in a resealable bag, and bang with a rolling pin.
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