I’ve previously mentioned that Buffalo restaurants almost always have stuffed banana peppers and chicken wings on the menu. It’s rare that you’d go to a restaurant in this city and not see one of these mainstay appetizers as a choice. But, there’s another Buffalo staple that I have yet to talk about. It’s an entrée, not an appetizer, and it fits right into the hearty food category. It’s called beef on weck – a very popular sandwich option around these parts.
Basically, its juicy roast beef piled high (sometimes piled really, super high) onto a kimmelweck roll (which means it’s topped with tons of salt and caraway seeds) and plenty of au jus for dipping. Restaurants will usually serve the sandwich with a small side of horseradish, to give it a little kick, should the patron so desire. But, otherwise, that’s it! It doesn’t require any fancy condiments or excessive amounts of cheese. It’s all about well-prepared beef and the crusty, firm roll.
I’ve been itching to make some pretzel logs for Super Snackin’ Sunday, and I wanted to find a way to take this snack to a new level. So, I made them Buffalo-beef-on-weck style! Pretzel logs do a take a bit more work than most Super Snackin’ Sunday ideas I’ve brought to you, but the great news is that you can do almost all of the prep work the night before. Just refrigerate after you’ve finished all the rolling and shaping. Then, on game day, let the logs come to room temperature, boil and bake. It makes the whole process much easier!
These little pretzel logs are addicting, so plan on making a bunch for the game day crowd! A combination of spicy horseradish cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and rare deli roast beef are stuffed into pretzel dough. Then, kosher salt and caraway seeds are sprinkled generously onto the top of each pretzel log. The finished pretzel has a crispy exterior with a soft and fluffy interior. The savory beef and cheese filling with the salty topping make a perfect mini beef on weck sandwich. And it’s way less of a mess! You could be a traditionalist and serve with yellow mustard for dipping. Or, if you want to switch it up, simply melt some more of that horseradish cheese and serve along side! Then, snack away! These little bites of meat, cheese, and pretzel will be the perfect addition to your game day!
Oh, and just a quick note. Unless you wrap and seal these perfectly, some cheese will inevitably ooze out during baking. Don’t let that discourage you. Just simply cut or pull off the little cheese crusties before serving. Cheese crusties also taste pretty good dipped into melted horseradish cheese – just saying.