Pretzel Bites with Jalapeno Cheese Dipping Sauce

1 can French loaf bread
1/2 stick butter
kosher salt, for sprinkling

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
1 cup colby jack cheese
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Preheat oven to 375, and place your French loaf dough on a cutting board
  • Slice the dough in half, lengthwise, forming two long strips of dough.
  • Cut each strip into small pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • While you're forming the dough into balls, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Drop the balls of dough into the boiling water, about 10 at a time, and leave them in the water for about a minute. 
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the dough, and place on a paper towel that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Once you have boiled all the balls of dough, place them on a foil lined baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes.
  • While the pretzels are baking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan. 
  • Add in the flour and the milk, and whisk until smooth.
  • Add in the garlic and jalapeno, and stir to combine.
  • Use a wooden spoon to stir until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Stir in the cheese and the cayenne pepper, and remove from heat. 
  • Remove the pretzel bites from the oven.
  • Melt 1/2 stick of butter and brush over the pretzels.
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt and serve with the cheese sauce.