Savory soft pretzels

photo of a plate of pretzels

I’m made soft pretzels a few times on this blog. I had a craving for them recently and thought they’d make a great snack while watching the Oscar’s. I wanted to try a variation on the classic, and decided to make a savory one. I originally wanted to do pepperoni and cheese but I was out of pepperoni. So instead I used some salami, which worked just as well.
photo of pretzels on a baking sheet
I rolled some of the meat and cheese inside of the dough ropes. I kept the surface clean since the pretzels need to be boiled in water. After I boiled them, I sprinkled the tops with salami and cheese before setting them to bake.
photo of one pretzel
These came out tasty. I made them small so they were the perfect Oscar viewing party snack.


Salami and Cheese Soft Pretzels

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 small pretzels
These homemade pretzels are flavored with salami and cheese. They’re great for parties or game-day get togethers.


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water 110 to 115°F
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 oz unsalted butter melted
  • 2/3 cup baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2/3 cup salami cut into small pieces


  1. Combine the warm water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl. Remove the dough from the bowl, and place the dough in a glass bowl oiled with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
  2. Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Spread some cheese and salami and then roll dough into the cheese and salami so that some of the salami and cheese gets attached to the dough. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope. Take the dough and make a pretzel shape. Place onto the parchment-lined baking pan.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

  4. Using a large sauce pan, bring water and the baking soda to a rolling boil.
  5. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula.
  6. Beat one large egg. Brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg. Sprinkle some salami and cheese onto pretzel surface. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 6-7 minutes.


Recipe adapted from Alton Brown

Nutrition Facts
Salami and Cheese Soft Pretzels
Amount Per Serving (1 pretzel)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 1850mg80%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
Net Carbs 27g54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

4 comments on “Savory soft pretzels”

  1. These are adorable and yummy looking. My 14 yr. old son would LOVE these. I am going to put this on my list to make for him. Wonderful blog.

  2. I have to make this! I’ve watched this Good Eats episode and I like the science of baking, LOL.

    Thanks for sharing!

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