Monday, May 31, 2010

Breadsticks With A Twist!

Is there anyone who doesn't like breadsticks, soft and warm from the oven? They're the perfect complement to almost any Italian meal, be it soup, salad or pasta. You could also serve these as appetizers or you could do as I did and make them the meal itself. My love affair with all things bread has gotten out of control, I fear.

This recipe is about as easy as it gets folks. I used my homemade pizza dough, but if you're not into that, just use this:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out your pizza dough into a 15 X 12 inch rectangle and spread pesto over one half of the dough, leaving a half inch border plain. I used jarred pesto from the supermarket.

Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top of the pesto.

Top with finely diced sun-dried tomatoes. I used the kind packed in oil and herbs.

Fold the dough over the toppings and seal edges.

Beat one egg with a teaspoon or two of water until frothy. Brush egg on dough. Cut dough into 1 inch strips, twist into spirals and place on baking sheet that has been misted with cooking spray. Top with kosher salt, poppy seeds and/or sesame seeds if desired.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack to cool for a few minutes before eating.

15 comments:

Nanan said...

nice! Love that you do your dough from scratch - but your pesto from a jar - you know what is most important!!!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These look great. I need to learn to make (and like) pesto... I will have way too much basil in my garden this summer and will need to put it to good use. This seems like a good place to start. :)

June said...

Numm ya - that's my new word for the week! Your breadsticks look heavenly. Happy June 1 my friend!

tasteofbeirut said...

Great idea and speedy and delicious! You are making me crave these breadsticks now!

Sue Sparks said...

Besides looking festive, I'm sure these were DELICIOUS!

A Year on the Grill said...

great colors... wonderful post... on my list for this week

Julie said...

I have the same love affair for bread and pasta and sweets. Not a good thing for the waistline!

These look delicious. Love the addition of pesto.

Maria said...

Big thumbs up on these:)

msmeanie said...

Oh Mags -- you must have read my mind. I JUST froze some leftover pizza dough yesterday, and this looks like such a great way to use it up. Love it.

Joanne said...

Can you really get out of control with bread? I tend to think my addiction knows no bounds. These breadsticks look awesome! I love the pesto twist.

Moogie said...

Great looking recipe. All you need is a big plate of pasta... YUM

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Definitely a try recipe - I'm thinking I could really make people think I'm good by making these!

stephchows said...

mmmm i could eat a batch and call it dinner :)

Karen said...

Love these!

Mrsblocko said...

I made a version of this and wrote about it here. I used crescent roll dough because it was what I had on hand. They were quick and tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I'll definately be making it again.