Look at this recipe from Leite's Culinaria - doesn't the look of it make your stomach grow? These Taralli with Red Pepper and Oregano (Taralli con Peperoncino e Herbe) are a traditional Italian version of a pretzel. They are boiled and baked for a crunchy treat that tastes of olive oil, and herbed with spicy red pepper and fresh oregano for an aromatic flavor.
It's refreshing at holiday time to bake things that are savory, not sweet - a respite from the sugar overload. We love their suggestion to get a group together over an afternoon to roll, boil, and bake.
The author suggests experimenting with other flavors and herbs too, like fennel. We think they would be great sprinkled with Parmesan and dunked into a bowl of soup. What kind of soup would you eat with these?