Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stuffed Divine Bread Sticks

The divine bread sticks I posted originally really are divine.  Light, chewy pieces of bread coated lightly with butter and topped with herbs and cheese, or anything else that your heart desires.  The recipe is fast, and dare I proof?  The dough is so easy to work with that I decided to play with it a few weeks ago in an attempt to recreate some stuffed bread sticks we order from a local pizza restaurant.  Once again, the dough was divine and the few extra steps I took to make a cheesy centers made the final sticks even better than the originals.  So follow along with me below to find out how easy it is to make something divine even better!

Stuffed Divine Bread sticks
Recipe Source: A Cook's Quest (Bread stick recipe Mel)

1  batch of Divine Bread stick Dough
1/2 stick  butter
Ranch Dressing Mix (I use my homemade variety) or your favorite herbs/seasonings
Cheeses of your choice

After allowing the dough to rest, roll out into a rectangle approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Drizzle dough with melted butter and spread with a pastry brush evenly.

Top 1/2 of the dough with a sprinkling of ranch mix, and your choice of cheeses.

Fold the plain buttered half over the seasoned half and gently press down to eliminate large air pockets between the layers. 

I have found that  pizza cutter works best to slice the dough into bread sticks. 
This part is a matter of preference. You can make them long and skinny. short and fat, or somewhere int he middle.  Just try to make then approximately the same size so that the baking time will be even for all of them.

Twist each piece of dough. Place on a cookie sheet and brush with more melted butter. This is a great job if you have little helpers like I often do!
 Top with more cheese if desired and allow the bread stick to raise for 30-40 minutes.  Bake in a 375 F oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

**This recipe makes double what I typically need for my family.  Instead of raising the second time, I place the cookie sheet in the freezer and allow the sticks to freeze solid.  Then place in a plastic bag.  When you are ready for breadsticks later, remove the breadsticks from the bag, place on a cookie sheet and allow to unthaw and raise (approximately 1hour.)  Top with butter and bake as normal.

Total Cost $1.54 much less than an order from our local pizza place!
Bread stick Dough $.35
Butter $.25
Ranch Mix $.19 (I used about 2 T)
Cheese $.75
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