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Soft pretzels: dip or plain?

alliegator Oct 12, 2013 08:20 AM

A specialty food store near me has started selling wonderful soft pretzels for reheating at home. I generally go dipless, but I know lots of people go for cheese or mustard or even chocolate.
So, if you have a dip, what is it?

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    Tara57 Oct 12, 2013 10:27 AM

    I love soft pretzels with mustard. Cheese sauce is good, too. My friend ordered cheese soup which was served with pretzel bread. That looked delicious.

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      thedryer Oct 12, 2013 10:35 AM

      I love simple yellow mustard. Had one last night in fact, yum!!

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        foodieX2 Oct 12, 2013 10:51 AM

        I much prefer mine salted without dip but if there is "good" (not to sound too much like the Contessa, LOL) I will occasionally dip.

        My husband recently brought home this wonderful grainy maple Dijon from a local farmers market. Now that you mention soft pretzels I think it would make a wonderful dip for them.

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        1. re: foodieX2
          Ttrockwood Oct 12, 2013 02:07 PM

          You had me at "grainy maple dijon".....
          Wow.

        2. eclecticsynergy Oct 12, 2013 10:55 AM

          My favorite pretzel dip is Nutella.

          Decadent, I know. But I'm a sensualist.

          1. juliejulez Oct 12, 2013 11:20 AM

            I like with mustard, preferably a spicy kind, not just plain yellow. Not as into the cheese.

            Also the dessert ones with cinnamon and sugar are good too :)

            1. Ttrockwood Oct 12, 2013 02:10 PM

              Must be a salted soft pretzel, my favorite is a spicy mustard- like dijon or a horseradish one, but regular brown mustard works too.

              I had one once with hot marinara sauce, which was odd but pretty good

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                jbsiegel Oct 12, 2013 05:12 PM

                I generally go dipless as well, although a good spicy brown mustard is pretty yummy! No salt in my world either...

                I would imagine they'd be pretty good with cream cheese.

                1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 12, 2013 05:26 PM

                  I often often them with coating (like garlic pretzels, cinnamon sugar) but to be honest, I like plain a lot. I mean plain -plain, no salt.

                  If I choose a dip, I think I like either soft cheese or mustard.

                  1. alkapal Oct 12, 2013 05:31 PM

                    mustard!

                    1. tim irvine Oct 12, 2013 05:39 PM

                      Mr. Mustard sounds about right.

                      1. alliegator Oct 12, 2013 06:05 PM

                        Eenteresting so far. The pretzels sold at the place I mentioned are moderately salted, my preference. I'm not a huge mustard fan, so I may lean toward a cheese dip of sorts, something fondue-y.
                        Thanks for the replies--keep 'em coming!

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                        1. re: alliegator
                          Ttrockwood Oct 13, 2013 06:56 PM

                          Maybe use a soft cheese to do more of a "schmear" than a dip? I'm thinking a mild triple cream, or soft goat cheese, maybe one of those stinky drippy french ones if that's your thing....

                        2. Perilagu Khan Oct 13, 2013 07:05 AM

                          Mustard is the only way I roll.

                          1. SaraAshley Oct 13, 2013 08:22 AM

                            Auntie Anne's sweet mustard dip. It's different than any honey mustard I've ever had. It's like it's own thing, but so good. Besides that, cheese sauce would be my next choice and then regular mustard.

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                            1. re: SaraAshley
                              jnk Oct 13, 2013 09:20 AM

                              Spicy brown mustard for me please.

                            2. mucho gordo Oct 13, 2013 12:41 PM

                              Peanut butter works for me

                              1. PotatoHouse Oct 13, 2013 03:47 PM

                                All of the above (but not at the same time, of course).

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                                  kseiverd Oct 13, 2013 05:51 PM

                                  Worked in Philly for a few years. My "breakfast", almost every morning was a soft pretzel. Would give it 6-7 seconds in mocrowave at work and slather with mustard... prefer brown/spicy, but plain old yellow mustard works just fine for me.

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                                    Chemicalkinetics Oct 13, 2013 06:02 PM

                                    Where do you get soft pretzel everyday?

                                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                                      gaffk Oct 13, 2013 06:36 PM

                                      Philly breakfasts always include soft pretzels. And always freaked out vendors from outside Philly. If they're hot and fresh--no toppings. If they're cold--brown mustard.

                                  2. suzigirl Oct 13, 2013 05:58 PM

                                    I am just spitballing since i have never tried it but what about ranch? I like Zatarains creole mustard myself but i know you aren't a mustard fan. I really like a dip with a soft pretzel. A man here that sold them for a while served them with a sweet/spicy pepper relish that was great but he wouldn't let me pick his brain.

                                    1. ipsedixit Oct 13, 2013 06:48 PM

                                      Honey mustard

                                      And sometimes li hing mui.

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                                        pickledtink Oct 13, 2013 07:02 PM

                                        Normally I am a mustard-only kind of gal (and copious amount of it), but I recently had a sample of my friend's fresh-baked pretzel at a local brewery that came with a roasted red pepper dip of some kind that knocked my socks off!

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                                          bugablue13 Oct 14, 2013 06:08 AM

                                          There was a small stand at the mall a million years ago, Mr. Pretzel I think it was called. They had all kinds of dip but my favorite was (and I know it sounds gross) warmed cream cheese. Not cooked, just warmed enough to be a dip.

                                          And of course beer cheese and Nutella!

                                          1. JungMann Oct 14, 2013 09:19 AM

                                            Strong mustard, the kind that you can taste in your sinuses.

                                            1. alliegator Oct 14, 2013 12:02 PM

                                              I have found my dip: I just made enough for one person, but it can be tinkered with. Equal parts greek yogurt, sour cream, and mayo with a healthy dose of smoked paprika, a chipotle in adobo and some lemon zest. Give a whiz in the processor.
                                              I like the cheese dip idea, but I was thinking something with zing that is non mustard. I'll do it again :)
                                              I'm having a few people over for a casual Octoberfest-ish type party, and I plan on serving these pretzels. For that occasion, I'm thinking maybe a creamy dip with gruyere and caramelized onions alongside some good mustard. I'll have to do some research on that.

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                                              1. re: alliegator
                                                JungMann Oct 14, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                You might check out Liptauer cheese, which has some of the bold flavors in your dip, plus a few more. Using a goat's or sheep's milk base for the cheese spread will add to the zing.

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                                                  alliegator Oct 14, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                  Thanks JungMann. Great suggestions that I will use next time around. I was kind of playing around with what I had on hand, but I'll never turn down the chance to add zing.

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                                                truman Oct 14, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                We went out to dinner a few weeks ago and ordered an appetizer of Bavarian Soft Pretzels with everything bagel seasonings (onion, garlic, poppy, salt), served with a green chile-cheese sauce. Drool.

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