Do you ever start cooking something and then think, gee I wish I had ___? That’s what happened the other night as I stirred our beef stew on the stove. I really wanted something bready to go with it. I happened to have some fresh pizza dough languishing in the fridge, so I was totally in luck.
Pizza dough is good for so much more than just pizza. It can be used to make calzones and delicious chicken parm rolls. It can also be transformed into fun creations like these breadsticks.
In short order, the dough is rolled out, flavored and cut into stick shapes for baking. This recipe is pretty flexible, so you can change up the flavors pretty easily. A mix of feta, rosemary and lemon zest could be fabulous with a Greek salad. Or perhaps some asiago, minced sundried tomatoes and minced garlic would be great with a salad.
But this parmesan creation? It worked perfectly with the beef stew I made. Crispy on the outside with a doughy interior, hints of spiciness mingled nicely with the cheese and garlic. They were perfect for dipping … or just eating in quick succession.
After all this talk of other combinations, I might have to pick up some dough at the store later and make the Greek version I mentioned. It’s sounding rather delicious right now.
Easy Parmesan Breadsticks
1 batch pizza dough (I used store bought from the bakery)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
freshly grated Parmesan
crushed red pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for ease of cleanup and to prevent sticking).
Dust a wooden cutting board with flour and drop the pizza dough on it. Liberally sprinkle with more flour. Roll out the dough until its about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan, oregano, garlic salt and crushed red pepper (to taste — if you want spicier, use more red pepper, want more savory, up the parm and oregano).
Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1 inch strips. Transfer to the baking sheet and slide into the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.
Let cool for a few minutes before serving.