Jalapeño Stuffed Taco Soft Pretzel Sticks
2 cups warm water
¼ cup brown sugar
4½ teaspoons yeast
5-6 cups flour
3 tablespoons Old El Paso taco seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup Old El Paso sliced jalapeños, diced
8 cups water
⅔ cup baking soda
½ cup sour cream
3 tablespoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
2 tablespoons minced cilantro
juice from one lime
Place the warm water, 1 tablespoon of the sugar and the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit until softened and the yeast is bubbling, 2-5 minutes. Stir in the remaining sugar, the taco seasoning and one cup of the flour and mix to combine. Add in the salt, and start add in the flour, ¼ to ½ cup at a time, until you have a dough that soft and tacky. Knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Place the vegetable oil in a large bowl. Add the dough and turn to coat. Place a towel or plastic wrap over the top and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Make the filling while the dough is rising. Combine the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl. Add in the jalapeños and stir until combined.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large pot, bring the 8 cups of water to a boil. Add in the baking soda slowly. (It will bubble up, so make sure you add it in gradually and slowly.)
Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time, roll it into a long rectangle, about 18-inches by 3-inches. Cut the piece into 4 equal pieces. Place about 2 teaspoons of the filling down the center of each piece. Carefully roll the dough over the filling, then pinch in the ends and the seam.
Add the dough to the boiling water and let it boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to the baking sheet, spacing a couple inches apart.
Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
Lightly beat the egg with a splash of water. Brush the egg over the tops of the pretzel sticks, then sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake in the preheated oven until dark and brown, 15-18 minutes.
To make the taco guacamole, mash the avocados in a large bowl. Stir in the sour cream, taco seasoning, cilantro and lime juice. Season to taste with salt. Serve the guacamole with the warm pretzel sticks.
The pretzels are best served the same day that they are made. If you are holding them overnight, store them in an airtight container.
Seal the edges of the pretzel dough around the filling as best as you can so that most of the filling will stay inside the pretzels.
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