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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

AMAZING Cheesy Bread Sticks!

Ummm, so these things are pretty much to die for. Look at these babies...

Seriously. Dominoes, Pizza Hut, and Papa Johns have nothing on these sweet morsels from heaven.

I can't take all the credit though. The recipes actually come from Our Best Bites. If you haven't ever been over there, you definitely need to go now. Your tummy will thank you later! I can't say the same for your thighs though. I'm not responsible for anything that happens in that department.

Are you done drooling yet? Do you have a list of things to pick up at the store so you can make a few of those delish recipes? Yeah, that's what I thought.

Back to the Cheese Sticks. This combines two of their recipes - the Breadsticks and the Garlic Bread Seasoning. I have to say, the Garlic Bread Seasoning is really what makes this stuff so yummy. I also use it on my Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pizza (that Hubs BEGS for) or any kind of pizza or calzone I make. The breadstick recipe is also what I use as the crust for my pizzas and calzones now too. However, you could really use any breadstick/pizza dough recipe you prefer. It's the Seasoning that you don't want to mess around with.

Anyway, make your favorite dough and roll it out onto a large cookie sheet. When I make pizza, I split it so that 2/3 is pizza and 1/3 is cheese sticks.

The recipe I'm using says to let the dough rise for another half hour to 45 minutes. If it goes longer, no big deal. They'll just be nice and fluffy! But, the best way is to do what your recipe says. While they're rising, you want to get everything else ready. If you haven't already mixed up the Seasoning, then definitely do that now. Take about 1 1/2 TBSP of the seasoning to about 1/2 cup of butter or margarine. That's the measurement Our Best Bites give in their recipe. Though, I don't even measure it out anymore. Melt the seasoning and butter mixture in the microwave until it's nice and melty and spreadable.

This next part works best if you have some kind of brush - a pastry brush, or even an unused (only used for food) paint brush. You could spread it with a spoon or a knife, but they tend to catch the dough and then you wind up with wrinkles and tears. Spread  the mixture out onto the dough - don't be afraid to use it!

After you've put the butter mixture on, you need to spread a little Alfredo sauce on top. I personally prefer the Classico brand, but use whatever kind you like or have on hand. DON'T go crazy with the Alfredo sauce - otherwise you wind up with very saucy breadsticks. If you like sauce with your breadstick, then you can always dip your breadsticks in it later.  Just trust me, do NOT go crazy spreading Alfredo sauce onto the dough. When I split the dough and use it for pizza and breadsticks, I only use maybe 3-4 TBSP of Alfredo sauce for the cheese sticks.

Next comes the cheese. You can use any kind of cheese you want. I prefer some mozzarella and a touch of cheddar. I love the way the Mozzarella melts how it gets all gooey when you pull it apart. Don't go overboard with the cheese either. A little bit goes a long way. When I make pizza and cheese sticks together, I only use about an 8oz pkg of mozzarella cheese on both items.

Stick those puppies in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. The cheese should be nice and bubbly on top and crust should just be golden brown.

Cut with a pizza cutter and serve while they're warm. You can serve with a little Alfredo sauce for dipping. Or, my favorite way, is to dip them in a little bit of the melted butter/seasoning mixture. SOOOOOOO good!!!

Though they don't even have to be warm for people to enjoy. I doubled this batch - making about 3 cookie sheets full of cheese sticks - for a family reunion. They finished cooking around 11 and sat uneaten until 2 and every last one of these babies were eaten. People were raving about them and asking me for the recipe. My Stepdad also claims that these are better than the Olive Garden's breadsticks. And he loves the breadsticks from the OG. That's a success in my book.

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