Easy homemade breadsticks brushed with seasoned garlic butter and topped with crunchy parmesan. They're so simple to make, you'll never pay for pizza shop bread sticks again!
Is Making Breadsticks At Home Easy?
Yes indeedy-do! We've all added an order of buttery garlic bread sticks to our delivery pizza orders (especially when they're on sale, right?) but what about when having a pizza night at home, maybe using my favorite homemade pizza dough, or maybe this chicken florentine pizza, or even this crab rangoon pizza?
Well, you'll need to slam together a batch of these incredible garlic parmesan homemade breadsticks to round out your meal. This recipe uses a forgiving dough, so even if you're new to using yeasts I recommend giving it a try.
Do I Need Any Special Equipment?
Not at all - you'll need a couple of mixing bowls and a baking sheet to make this recipe, though a few extra pieces of equipment can make this recipe simpler. A rolling pin like this one makes shaping the dough easier, though you can use your fingertips and press the dough out into a flat rectangle if you don't have one. After the breadsticks are baked, a pizza cutter like this one makes quick work of cutting them up, though a knife will work just as well. For brushing the seasoned butter onto the dough, a silicone pastry brush is convenient, but you can drizzle it on and use the back of a spoon to spread it out instead.
Tips For Working With Yeast
Lots of folks feel anxious when working with yeast doughs, but it doesn't have to be scary! You'll need to keep a few basic things in mind when making these homemade breadsticks:
- Fresh Yeast: Using yeast that is old and expired will flat out not work, so make sure your stock is fresh.
- Warm Water: For this recipe, your water should be very warm to the touch, but not hot. If you can't hold your finger in it for more than a couple of seconds, it is too hot and may kill your yeast.
- A Warm Room: Dough will rise best in a nice, warm room. If your house is cold, try this tip: Set your oven to the Warm setting, or about 150F. When it has preheated, turn the oven off and leave the door open for 5 minutes. Place the dough inside to proof (with the door closed). Problem solved, and your dough should reach a nice high rise in about an hour.
Can I Make These In Advance?
For best flavor and texture, I recommend eating these homemade breadsticks as soon as they come out of the oven - you can't beat the crunchy cheese and crust on the outside contrasted with the more tender centers of the bread. If you do choose to make them in advance, reheat them in a 350F degree oven for a few minutes until warm to retain some of the crispiness. I don't recommend using the microwave to reheat the breadsticks - this will result in them being soft and chewy.
What To Serve With Bread Sticks
While pizza is the obvious main dish to a bath of homemade breadsticks, you can serve these alongside any of your Italian-inspired meals, such as:
- Chicken Parmesan
- Baked Ziti
- Chicken Alfredo Pasta
... but, really, these will go great with just about any entree (or maybe I'm just reaching for more excuses to make them, because they ARE THAT GOOD!) Enjoy!Print
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