Monday, January 31, 2011

Fancy Pants App: Pizza-Style Breadsticks

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I updated the recipe and category indexes this weekend; I do try and update once a month, but it seems like this month I really slacked off on sweets!  I think it's mainly because I am coming up with some delicious possibilities for Valentine's Day!  Not only sweets but dinners, appetizers, and all around deliciousness that can make your Valentine feel extra special the 14th of February or any day of the week.

 
This week, in preparation of the Super Bowl I have new appetizers, and these delicious breadsticks.  I searched around for a "Pizza-Hut" style breadstick.  There are MANY floating around the internet but I have problems with them for 2 reasons.  The first, they almost all use a bread machine (hello, I live in a tiny apartment isolated from many modern day appliances!).  Also, they dont' tell you what kind of pan to put the bread in.  So, I improvised.

 
Let me just be the first to tell you, improvising was a terrible idea.  These should go in a 9x13 pan, and you should cut them by the shorter side.  That's going to make a lot of breadsticks so be prepared to either store them.  I froze them, and they baked nicely.  And, I stored them in an air-tight container for about a week without an issue either.  My first batch were WAY too fluffy and thick, which meant that the flavoring wasn't as intense.  But, they go great with soup, spaghetti, and pizza (although this harkens back to the garlic knots--more bread with pizza?!).
Pizza-Style Breadsticks
Serves:  14 9-inch breadsticks (14 people)
1 1/2 cups hot water
1 packet of yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon oregano

Dissolve the yeast, sugar, and salt into the hot water.  Let stand about 10 minutes.  Then, slowly add the flour, mixing well.  Once a dough has formed, knead the dough for 8-10 minutes until the dough is elastic.  Roll out the dough to fit into a greased 9x13 pan and place in the pan.  Spread the melted butter on top.  Combine parmesan cheese, garlic powder, garlic salt, and oregano.  Evenly spread the topping over the butter.  Press in slightly.  Using a pizza cutter (or sharp knife), cut the dough into sticks.  Cover with a damp cloth for 15-20 minutes, the dough will rise.  Then, bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. 

Two things I noticed about this dough.  Most of the recipes I saw called for dry milk.  I didn't have that, but you could substitute 1/2 cup of that for 1/2 cup of flour.  Also, I didn't press the topping into the breadsticks enough and as we pulled them apart, it fell off.  Disappointing, so make sure that they are firmly into the breadstick. 

Until the next time my oven is on...

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