Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Okay from the picture, it looks more like a round bread, cut in half. I would have cut them into stick form, but I just didn't have the patience to actually cut them. I took the easy way out and quartered them instead.
When I was little, my mom and I used to walk to Blockbuster Video and rent whatever latest movie was out. Remember those days of actually going out to the video store and picking out a movie you wanted to watch, if it was in stock. Yes, folks...these were the days before Netflix and instant streaming came along. Anyway, next to Blockbuster was a Little Caesar's Pizza. You know, they had the little Greek cartoon character wearing a toga and a laurel wreath on his head and said "Pizza, pizza!" We'd always stop by and get two orders of their breadsticks and munch on them on the way home. One bag for me and one for my mom. It was literally a round pizza dough baked, cut into strips and seasoned.
Since I made my pizza dough, I wanted to somehow recreate that feeling I once did when I was a child. The portion of dough I had thawed out wasn't big enough to make plump ones, so this was slightly thinner than the once I had a Little Caesar's, but it's really good. Simple to make, too.
If you're having guests over want to impress them with some breadsticks as an appetizer. Here's an easy way to do it. Fool them into thinking that you made the whole thing yourself. You can use your own homemade dough that you've saved in the freezer or premade dough like the Pillsbury Pizza crust. Be sure to get the classic kind. You want them plump. Granted mine aren't as plump, but you want them plump. I added garlic powder, but that's optional. But it must have melted butter and grated parmesan cheese. Yummy!!
1 homemade or premade pizza dough
1 1/2 Tbsp melted butter
1/3 c grated parmesan
3 Tbsp garlic powder (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375˚F
Roll the dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Thickness of the dough is your choice.
Baste the top of the dough with half the melted butter. Sprinkle the optional garlic powder, and half the parmesan. Score the dough lightly with a knife outlining sticks before placing in the oven.
Baked for 10-15 min. (depending on thickness) Remove from the oven and baste with the rest butter and top with the remaining parmesan cheese.