1 can (11 oz) refrigerated Pillsbury breadstick dough
1 large egg, beaten
1 package or jar of real bacon bits or pieces
4 oz (or more) cheddar or similar cheese, grated
Freshly ground black pepper
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the dough on a non-stick surface and separate into 12 bread sticks.
Take one piece (cover the rest with plastic wrap) and gently stretch it out to about 10 inches. Lay it out in front of you in an inverted ‘U’ shape. Take the two legs of the ‘U’ and twist them together once. Fold the legs up (away from you) and onto the top of the inverted ‘U’ shape.
Your pretzel is now done; it’s just upside-down! Save yourself trouble and place it on the baking sheet as it is; I found that trying to turn it ‘right-side up’ just distorts the shape unnecessarily.
Brush the dough with beaten egg, then sprinkle generously with bacon bits. Top with grated cheese (more is always better!) and a healthy dose of black pepper. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. Makes 12 pretzels.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Doug DuCap, Hugging the Coast, email@example.com, April 20, 2009