I have a husband who could survive off of pizza. If, at any point, I bring up the idea of ordering out because I am too tired to cook, he will suggest pizza. Always Hawaiian pizza. We could eat Hawaiian pizza non-stop, and despite the obvious repercussion of major weight gain, he would be happy.
So it is only natural that this pizza-lovin’ extends to snack time. Pizza pretzels, cheesy breadsticks; the husband will buy the huge package of them from Costco and live off of it for the week. Enter the homemade version. More cheese, a house that smells like baking bread and happiness. What is not to love?
Keep in mind, this is a pretty dense, chewy breadstick. If you are looking for light and fluffy, find a new blog post. If chewy, stick to your ribs, can hold up to a bowl of chili, kind of bread is your thing, read on!
So here goes:
Prepare your dough like the recipe tells you to. Roll out eight 12″ breadsticks, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Here’s the easy part: cover the bread sticks, keep them in a warm spot, watch an episode of Mad Men on Netflix, and let the dough rise for 45 minutes.
Note: If you hate Mad Men, you clearly haven’t watched enough of it yet. Keep watching.
After watching Peggy’s epic transformation somewhere around season 3, grab the risen bread sticks, and brush them with melted butter.
The brush on some pizza sauce, and sprinkle liberally with sharp cheddar. Making cheese sticks, like lasagna, is not the time to be cheap on the cheese. Actually, never be cheap on cheese. Unless you have wicked lactose intolerance. Then have an apple.
Pop the cheese sticks in the oven, and bake for 12-15 minutes (the bread should be golden and the cheese should be melty and delicious).
Let them cool as long as you are capable of holding back. Then dig in. I enjoy mine with a glass of red wine, because I am classy like that.
Recipe: (The bread recipe originally sourced from the home based mom.)
2 1/4 tsp yeast (1 package)
4 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 Tbl butter
2 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl salt
1 Tbl butter, melted
1/4 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded sharp or old cheddar cheese
– Place a 1/4 cup of warm water in a bowl, sprinkle yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, until foamy.
– Add flour, butter, sugar and salt to yeast mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.
– Turn dough onto a floured counter and knead until smooth. Add extra flour if the dough is too sticky.
– Cut dough into 8 even chunks
– Roll into 12″ bread sticks, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
– Top with melted butter, pizza sauce and shredded cheese.
– Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and cheese is melted and bubbly.
– Let cool for 5 minutes, then place on a cooling rack.
On a side note, the wine I enjoyed with my pizza bread stick was The Dreaming Tree 2011, a California blend by Dave Mathews (of the band by the same name). It was nice and fruity, but a little more acidic than I usually prefer. I definitely think it is better to slowly sip with simple foods, and doesn’t pair so well with spicy food.
I also love that the cork has song lyrics, that inspired the wine’s name, written on it. I am vapid and buy into marketing ploys, what can I say?