This month’s Progressive Eats event is being hosted by Heather from the blog All Roads Lead to the Kitchen and Heather has chosen for her theme to have a Pretzel Party. Now…I have no say in what one of our team members picks and this one had me flummoxed for a bit. I’m just not a big pretzel fan. If you see someone hunched over that bowl of Chex Mix picking out the pretzels…that would be me! I might enjoy the perfectly baked version from the mall (and I’m betting some of our contributors) but the normal crunchy pretzel? Not so much. Still with a bit of an observation and a twisting of my own arm I think I did the pretzel proud with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust.
When I finally had a moment of clarity I realized that pretzels appealed to me more when they are combined with sweet elements. I LOVE these Bacon Wrapped Pretzel Rods with Brown Sugar and Cayenne Pepper. I wanted to hide my updated version of The Strawberry Pretzel Salad when I made it, it was that good. So it seems I do like pretzels OK… I just need some sugar!
While I love cheesecake, I prefer it relatively simple. This Lemon Cheesecake is my all time favorite but I have made a few others that I enjoy too. I’m not big on piling them with candy from the checkout lane at the grocery but I was OK with making one that mimicked my favorite candy bar. I suppose I could have called this a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake except for the pretzel component so there really is no namesake; it’s just a really nice, rich cheesecake with a decadent ganache topping all surrounded by the slightly salty and crunchy pretzel crust and the whole thing is garnished with some peanuts and pretzels. Sort of a ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ cheesecake; so perfect for summer! If you’re thinking YUM at the thought of this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust…you would be right.
I’ve never got a lot to say in my blog posts; I really just want to share a great dish with you but tonight I’m exiting even sooner. I was a bit too social this past weekend to get this post done (and I plan to do that more often!) and then tonight? After I had 95% of my post completed I lost power for a second and everything disappeared. It’s 9:25pm and I’m done and done in and my poor cat is literally crying for me to come into my bedroom…that boy is used to curling up by me and getting some attention and I’m not there yet…uh oh! So please just trust me on this. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust is a very very good cheesecake. Yummalicious even! 🙂
Lots of great Pretzel Party foods…hope you find the perfect one for you!
Pretzels as an Ingredient
- Almond Pretzel Bread Pudding from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Beer & Pretzel Cupcakes from Stetted
- Margarita Pie with a Pretzel Crust from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Energy Bites from Healthy Delicious
- Pretzel and Mustard-Crusted Fish Fillets from Mother Would Know
- Triple Berry Pretzel Dessert from Miss in the Kitchen
Pretzels from Scratch
- Bread Pretzels with Beer Cheese from Pastry Chef Online
- Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs from The Tomato Tart
- Homemade Philly Style Soft Pretzels from The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Pretzel Bites with Honey Mustard Dip from The Redhead Baker
- Pretzel Rolls from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month we’re having a Pretzel Party hosted by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez, who blogs at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Since today is National Pretzel Day, we thought it was the perfect chance to feature all sorts of fabulous homemade pretzel recipes, recipes that feature pretzels (both soft and hard), and pretzels dips/condiments. We have a varied and delicious menu for today that we hope you’ll enjoy!
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact me for more information.