Now I’ve really gone and done it.
No, really, I have. And I’m just… so… happy.
You see, for a while now – before these Ham & Cheddar Stuffed Pretzel Calzones
came into my life and now it will never be the same – I’d been devising a plan to figure out how to stuff a sandwich into a pretzel, or how to make a pretzel-covered corn dog, or how to put pizza fillings inside a pretzel stick, or how to make a pizza crust that tasted like a pretzel… you get the point.
But I couldn’t do it. No matter how hard my brain muscles worked and I squinted at myself in the mirror while blaring “Eye of the Tiger” on my boombox (What?...) in hopes of inspiring some sort of magical stuffed pretzel-making revelation, I only ended up with a headache and more eye wrinkles. Or crow’s feet. Whatever they call them.
Then it hit me. “What if I made a calzone, only I put it in a bath of boiling baking soda water (which always sounds gross) and then sprinkled it with salt and baked it and it was all stuffed with cheese and veggies and ham and gooey GOOEY GOODNESS?!” I said.
Then I cackled maniacally and my eyes widened through my goggles and a storm started a-brewin’ and my hair stood on end and I woke up from my dream that was strikingly similar to “Young Frankenstein” and got to making these pretzel calzones for all ya’ll (and, apparently, contracted a Southern accent. Whatever).
I can’t even to begin to describe the deliciousness that is this recipe. It’s everything I dreamed it would be and more. Salty pieces of ham are snuggled up alongside crisp roasted broccoli and melted sharp cheddar cheese inside a pocket of soft pretzel heaven. It tastes like the best calzone plus the best stuffed pretzel you’ll ever eat in your life. I do not exaggerate.
And they’re very, very easy to make, as if you’re getting ready to make a calzone and then plop! you accidentally drop it in a bath of boiling baking soda water (yep, still sounds gross), toss a handful of salt on top and it magically becomes a pretzel in the oven. It’s one seriously tasty mad scientist creation.
Now you get gone and do it, too, ya hear?Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!