It’s no secret Team LIY has become addicted to the food board concept within the last year or so. You could call us self-proclaimed food board connoisseurs, of sorts. From french fries to taco boards [and an ice cream sandwich board for dessert], it’s safe to say we’re up for just about anything. Pick a food group, pile it sky high on a tray, and we’re game. We recently celebrated one of our very favorite LIY gals [AKA the data and statistics queen], Steph! While the girl loves all-things stats, numbers, organization and truly finds pure bliss in an excel spreadsheet– she also loves a classic salty snack: good old fashion soft pretzels. In order to celebrate our pretzel lovin’ lady, we decided to put our own twist [pun intended 😉 ] on a DIY Food Board. Today we’re sharing everything you need to achieve the pretzel board of your dreams, including a super simple 3-ingredient beer cheese recipe. Spoiler Alert: the recipe includes two of my favorite things– beer & cheese.
Here’s the deal. There’s really no wrong way to put one of these bad boys together. If you’re handy in the kitchen, you could make the pretzels from scratch. We’re lucky enough to have a phenomenal, locally owned, pretzel shop nearby [shoutout Jojo’s!], so we opted for the easy/tasty route. You can also find pretzel making kits online [I have this one] if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with the whole family!
Let’s talk toppings. Here at LIY, we like to have options. And by “options”, I’m talking every type of dipping sauce the pretzel shop has to offer. Because we’re firm believers in having something salty and something sweet, we included everything from sweet and spicy mustards, to beer cheese
Pretzels We Used:
- Original Salted Pretzels
- “Everything” Seasoned Pretzels
- Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
- Pretzel Bites
Dips We Suggest:
- Spicy Mustard
- Sweet Mustard
- Beer Cheese [see recipe below!]
- Vanilla Icing
- Marinara Sauce
Finally, arrange it all on your serving board or tray and you are ready to go! Easy as that. We’d love to see your creations, tag us if you give this a try at home! ps. You can find all of our DIY food board ideas here!
Beer Cheese Dip
- 6 oz. Guinness Beer
- 2 8 oz. Packages Cream Cheese [cubed]
- 4 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
In a mini slow-cooker, combine Guinness, cream cheese, and cheddar. Cover and cook on low, stirring well every 10 minutes, until warmed through and creamy, about 1 hour. Enjoy!
Founder and creator of LIY, Erin turned her dream of a hobby blog into a full-time career which she now runs alongside the LIY team! When not in front of her computer screen [with a La Croix or wine in hand] or in front of a mirror taking mirror selfies, you can find Erin spending time on the water, cuddled up with her two pups and husband most likely watching the latest Shark Tank episode, or getting lost in an easy beach read.