Friday, April 30, 2010

Garlic Breadsticks

These breadsticks are always a hit with my family. I made them to go with the leftover chicken noodle soup from the day before. My "something old with something new" theory. Use leftovers and add a new side. That means less cooking time for me and everyone is still excited about dinner. :)

Garlic Breadsticks
1 T. yeast
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
3 to 4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. warm water

Mix sugar, salt, 2 cups flour and yeast together in a bowl. Add warm water and blend well, adding enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead 3 minutes. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Spray a sheet cake type cookie sheet with Pam. Put dough in the middle of pan and roll out. Spread topping (see Breadstick Spread below) over dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut the breadsticks once down the middle, long-wise, and then across into sticks. Let rise until almost double. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

Breadstick Spread
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Blend all ingredients together and spread over dough.

Don't be scared by the use of yeast in these breadsticks. They are SO EASY to make and only took me about 20 minutes to put together. Just make sure the water you put in is actually warm so that they will raise better. I like to melt the butter for the spread a little bit before I add the other ingredients. It makes it easier to spread on the dough.

My family absolutely loves these breadsticks and they start speaking for which ones they want on the sheet before I even cut into them. It also was a good incentive to get some of them to finish their leftover soup. "Finish your soup and you can have another breadstick." Seriously, the soup was gone in just a few minutes!

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