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Pretzel Nachos

by Meghann on June 10, 2011

I’ve been wanting to broil some cheese over my favorite giant pretzels for a while now, but the heat wave and new rule of ‘avoid turning the oven on by what-ever means’ prevented me from fulfilling that want.

However, today the ac is working (it may have unattached pipes that are draining into an 18 gallon bucket in my living room, but it’s working!) and I was craving some cheesey pretzels.

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Meghann Meal if I didn’t take one of my original ideas one step forward. Cheese on pretzels? That’s been done! But... what if we add a bunch of other stuff and turn the pretzels into nachos?

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So, that’s what I did!

I broke up the pretzels into bite size pieces, then covered them with a few of my favorite nacho toppings.

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(Artichoke Hearts, Mushrooms, Olives, Tofu, and Cheese)

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The dish baked at 375 for 10 minutes (because I piled it in a little bowl it was 10, if I had spread it out thin on a sheet pan it only would have needed 5), then topped the finish product off with salsa and more cheese.

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Cheesy Pretzel Nachos at your service!!

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The only thing that would have put this dish over the top would have been a little mustard. πŸ˜‰

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I was afraid the pretzels would go soggy, but they stayed nice and crunchy. It was a fun change up from the typical tortilla chip nachos.

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I snagged a piece of Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Brittle for dessert.

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Happy Hot Dog Man

I saw this commercial today while I was eating lunch and about peed my pants, I was laughing so hard.

Think of it as my Friday present to you!

(p.s. I’m giving away FREE Attune Coupons at the Healthy Living Summit Blog! Click Here for your chance to win some!)

1 Nacho Lindsay June 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Meghann made, Nacho Lindsay approved. Well-played.
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2 Alison @ The Peacock Diaries June 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

“I’ve been wanting to broil some cheese over my favorite giant pretzels for a while now…”

That may be the best first sentence in a post EVER. Love it!

Looks really good, I will definitely try this πŸ™‚
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3 Meghann June 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

haha I try my best!

4 Lauren June 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I agree. That was a great intro. πŸ™‚
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5 Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg June 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I love this! What a great idea πŸ™‚
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6 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Where did you get those huge pretzels? They look super good.
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7 Meghann June 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

They’re Publix brand

8 michelle June 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

That looks delicious! I have been eating a ton of pretzels lately
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9 Jordan P @ food, sweat, and beers June 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I’ve done this before with those Pretzel Crisps and did salsa, cheese, guac, and beans. Heavenly and oh so crunchy (one benefit over the standard tortilla chips). The regular pretzels are a little too much pretzel for toppings if you know what I’m saying, but I do love the flavor combo.
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10 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm

This odd combo looks really good πŸ™‚

11 Dori June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

That is actually a really awesome creation. But why does the cheese look like it’s not melted?
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12 Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

What a good idea! I wonder what else I could make into nachos?
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13 Claire June 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I’m really glad that that commercial clarified that turkey dogs can also be used in the happy hot dog man.

14 Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) June 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

HAHAHAHHAHA. “Take your family’s food from boring to SCORING!”

P.S.

I am going to have nightmares about the Mustard Monster spewing mustard everywhere.
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15 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles June 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Genius idea – pretzel nachos sound wonderful! Glad your AC is working again!
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16 Katy (The Singing Runner) June 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Um that Happy Hotdog Man was hilarious! I’m sitting here in Starbucks trying to do blog work and I just BUSTED out laughing. Everyone in Starbucks just stared at me. πŸ˜‰
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17 Hope June 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Pretzel nachos sound and look amazing! πŸ™‚
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18 Emily @ Savory and Savage June 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

What a great idea – pretzel nachos!

Dang, now I am craving nachos…
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19 Carissa June 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Wow! A whole new take on nachos. I’ve never thought of that! I wish I wasn’t on a clean eating 2 week diet or I would devour those!
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20 caryn June 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm

haha, the happy hot dog man is ridiculous. it reminds me of the nanerpus a little bit! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2Qz7VPM-yM&NR=1 (equally ridiculous but with a catchy song to boot! lol)

21 Becca June 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I LOVE the Nanerpus commercial! πŸ™‚
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22 Kelly @foodiefresh June 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Mmmm, you had me at nachos…but then I left at olives. But maybe we could scrape those off and I could come over for dinner. πŸ™‚
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23 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Wow, that’s really creative! Definitely going to try these πŸ™‚
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24 Becca June 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Happy Hotdog Man. Oh, geez.
When I was younger, one time our daycare lady had this ocean-themed lunch for us. We put blue food coloring in our milk and she cut our hotdogs to look like octopuses (octopi?). And I feel like we had macaroni shaped like shells or stars or something. It was fun. πŸ™‚
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25 emily June 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I’m not sure what’s more amazing, the fact that you reinvented the nacho or that commercial! I want a happy hotdog man!
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26 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

WHO comes up with commercials/products like that!?! I’m pretty sure if I ever find someone who has bought/used/looked at/thought about the happy hot dog man, I will punch them in the face. TOO funny!
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27 Lauren June 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Haha love your unconventional take on foods!
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28 Hilary June 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

The title caught my attention immediately…nicely done! (although I would have nixed the olives though, as I’m not such a fan).
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29 Amy @ love4living June 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Well done on the pretzel nachos… they sound absolutely amazing!
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30 Courtney W June 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm

That was an awesome commercial. I am half tempted to buy a happy hot dog man. Too bad I don’t eat hot dogs more often πŸ™ lol

It was great seeing you on the course tonight! Having somebody to high five made me smile.

31 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Those nachos are pretty much the best idea EVER!
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32 Mac June 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

I need to get my hands on a Happy Hot Dog… how hilarious is that! I may try cutting my next hot dog into a Happy Hot Dog, just to have a little fun πŸ™‚
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33 Alaina June 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

Yum, how creative! Anything with salsa and melted cheese is good. πŸ˜›
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34 Dee June 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Ooh, this looks like a great twist on nachos!

Oh and major lulz on the happy hot dog man. I think the phrase “Make your dinner a “wiener” by getting a happy hot dog man…” just sent my hilarity over the edge. So crazy! Bwahaha…

35 Susan June 12, 2011 at 8:05 am

I can’t believe that happy hot dog man thing is for real. If that came on TV I’d think it was an SNL skit!
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36 Lacey @ Lake Life June 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Lol! I don’t have kids so I guess I never realized it was that hard to get your kid to eat their processed meat!

37 Lauren C. June 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Okay, the Happy hot dog man is $10.99!!? Any why, oh why, would you ever need more than one!? lol. That was really funny, though.

38 Sarah June 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

I actually had to check if that commercial was legit…lol. Maybe that should have been the giveaway πŸ˜‰ I am going to try to pretzel nachos…yummy. I’m a bit obsessed with homemade salsa lately and that will be a nice alternative from nachos!

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