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Seasoned Soft Pretzel Chips Recipe

Looking for a delicious way to use up stale soft pretzels? Check out this seasoned pretzel chip recipe to ensure your leftover pretzels don’t end up in the trash.

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Soft pretzels are a centerpiece of the Philadelphia food culture. People eat them for breakfast (akin to bagels) with a dash of mustard along the top. They’re a staple at most parties, sitting on a tray next to hoagies, veggies, and a bowl of chips. And they are a typical snack on the go.

A while back, we had several friends over to our house, and one of them brought a bag of soft pretzels to share. By the end of the night, many of the pretzels remained. Soft pretzels have a short shelf life; they lose most of their appeal as a fresh snack just a few hours after exiting the oven. But I couldn’t bear to see so much excellent food go to waste.

I put my best food waste warrior hat on and headed to Pinterest and the Google Machine in search of creative inspiration for recipes to use up stale soft pretzels. In addition to the handful of promising ideas I found online, I also love a particular, long-standing seasoned pretzel recipe my husband’s aunt and my mother-in-law make from time to time. They use store-bought thin, hard pretzels traditionally, but I wondered if I could replicate the addicting flavor in the form of sliced, toasted pretzel chips made from the stale soft pretzels.

The recipe took a few tries to nail down, but I was really happy with how it turned out. The chips are pretty crunchy, so if crunchy and savory is your jam, these should do the trick. If you’ve got stale soft pretzels hanging around, don’t send them to the landfill. Save money and reduce food waste by turning them from trash into tasty, crunchy pretzel chips.

Ingredients

  • 5 soft pretzels (stale), cut into 1/2″ thick slices
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 tbsp dill, dried
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix

Tools

  • Whisk (ours came from our Raddish Kids box)
  • Large Bowl (you can find lots of gorgeous secondhand Pyrex bowls on Facebook Marketplace and other secondhand sites)
  • Bread Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Oven
  • Cookie sheet (our Caraway cookie sheets are amazing)
  • Wire rack (this cooling rack is oven safe up to 550°F, so it doubles as a cooling rack and a wire rack in the oven)
  • Silicone baking mat (optional)

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Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Whisk together oil through the dressing mix in a large bowl.
  3. Toss pretzels into the mixture.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Spread soaked pretzel slices on a wire rack on a cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  7. Flip the chips and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until crispy to your liking.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!

Low-waste cooking and baking

As you test out this food waste-fighting savory snack recipe, consider how you might be able to reduce waste in the baking and making process. We’ve shared a beginner’s guide to zero-waste baking as well as lots of other resources about how to reduce food waste.

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Jen Panaro

Jen Panaro, founder and editor-in-chief of Honestly Modern, is a self-proclaimed composting nerd and an advocate for sustainable living for modern families. In her spare time, she’s a serial library book borrower, a messy gardener, and a mom of two boys who spends a lot of time in hockey rinks and on baseball fields.

You can find more of her work at Raising Global Kidizens, an online space to help parents and caregivers raise the next generation of responsible global citizens.

Seasoned Soft Pretzel Chips

Seasoned Soft Pretzel Chips

Ingredients

  • 5 soft pretzels (stale), cut into 1/2" thick slices
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 tbsp dill, dried
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 envelope Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Whisk together oil through dressing mix in large bowl.
  3. Toss pretzels into the mixture.
  4. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Spread soaked pretzel slices on wire rack on a cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  7. Flip the chips and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until crispy to your liking.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!

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