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Stale pretzels

So I have this giant bag of stale pretzels taking up space in my "pantry." It's from CostCo. I don't want to throw it out because 1. That's a waste and 2. I live in Japan, where throwing out large quantities of anything is a pain.

I have thought of crushing them up to make "fried" chicken (but should I add anything else to them?), or sprinkling them on some kind of dessert, or turning them into chocolate-dipped pretzels...but then I run out of ideas. Most of the recipes I can think of that the pretzels might compliment are creamy casseroles, and it's hard for me to get ingredients for that kind of stuff here. So... do you guys have any tried-and-true recipes for old pretzels?

If all else fails... I guess I can just make it a habit to go feed some pigeons every weekend... for a year.


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Dec. 21st, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Crush them and mix with sugar and butter and press into a pan to make a pie crust?
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Ohh, good one.
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
Make peanut butter cookies and add broken up bits of the pretzels. It's like a peanut butter pretzel... in a cookie! Delish!
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! Sounds tasty.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh god, sounds amazing. But what's "pretzel bread?" do you think regular soft white bread would suffice?
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Pretzel bread is a type of bread. It's usually more easily found around here during Christmas or in a German-style bakery.

Here's a link that has more info and pictures:

I wouldn't use white sandwich bread but a white bread that's got more texture and oomph would probably work. If challah is available, I'd use that. I have even used bagels in bread pudding recipes as a substiution with success.
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Crushed pretzels would make a great crust for a caramel cheesecake!
Dec. 21st, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Also cherry cheese cake and plain old cherry pies.
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I vote the chicken dish. I did something similar once from a Rachel Ray cookbook. I pounded chicken breasts until flat, dipped them in flour, egg, and then the crushed pretzel. Cooked until chicken was white and tender. Then I served it with chopped up gerkins and onions along with a homemade cheesy mustard sauce. Very German.

Or, there's this recipe, which is close to the same idea, but I haven't tried it:
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Dec. 21st, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Lay them on a pan and re-toast them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350. They will be just like new.
Dec. 21st, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
You probably can't get a lot of these ingredients in Japan, but I thought you might want to give this recipe a shot if they're available. It's trashy, but yummy. From Paula Deen (the queen of trashy and yummy):

2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
2 cups boiling water
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
Whipped topping or whipped cream, to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.

In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve, cut slices and serve with a dollop of whipped topping.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I'm seconding everyone who suggested some kind of dessert.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, why is it a pain to throw out a large bag of pretzels?
Dec. 22nd, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
All trash has to be separated according to burnable, plastics and paper, and anything bigger than our trash can has to go out to a special spot in the neighborhood once a month, but no food. The bag of pretzels is so big it would take up our entire burnables trash can, which we share with neighbors... So yeah. Just a pain. Trash in japan is really complicated.

We could just throw a little away each week until it's gone, but then it's just a tedious waste.
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