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Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks Recipe

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks Recipe

The Ultimate Shortcut: Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks in Minutes

Craving those crispy, cheesy goodness of breadsticks but don't have the time to make dough from scratch? This recipe for Homemade Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks is your answer! It's a quick and easy way to transform a store-bought pizza crust into a delicious appetizer or side dish that everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • The Shortcut Base:

    • 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust – the convenient starting point for your cheesy delight
  • The Garlicky Flavor Boost:

    • 1 teaspoon melted butter – adds richness and helps spread the garlic flavor
    • 1 crushed garlic clove – the star of the show, providing a pungent and aromatic touch
  • The Cheesy Trio:

    • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese – the melty main attraction, creating gooey goodness
    • 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese – adds a salty and nutty complexity to the cheese flavor profile
    • (Optional) 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves – a sprinkle of Italian flair, offering a touch of herbal earthiness (feel free to omit if you don't have it on hand)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Crispness: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). This high temperature ensures the crust gets nice and crispy while the cheese melts beautifully.

  2. Preparing the Canvas: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Unroll the refrigerated pizza crust and spread it out evenly on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. The Garlicky Touch: In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and crushed garlic clove. Mix well to create a flavorful garlicky spread. Using a spoon or brush, spread this mixture evenly over the entire surface of the pizza dough.

  4. A Cheesy Celebration: Now comes the fun part – the cheese! Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the garlic butter-coated dough. Then, add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese for an extra layer of flavor. If you're using dried oregano, sprinkle it on top of the cheese at this point.

  5. Cutting into Goodness: Before baking, use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the cheese-covered pizza crust into 16 equal rectangles. This creates your delicious breadsticks.

  6. Baking to Golden Perfection: Pop the baking sheet with the prepared breadsticks into the preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes. Keep an eye on them, as baking times may vary slightly depending on your oven. You want the cheese to be melted and slightly golden brown for maximum flavor and texture.

  7. Serving Up Warm and Cheesy Delight: Take the baked breadsticks out of the oven and let them cool slightly on the baking sheet for a few minutes. This allows the cheese to set a bit. Once cool enough to handle, cut the breadsticks again (separating any sections that may have fused during baking) and serve them warm. Enjoy them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce, or pair them with a salad or soup for a complete meal.

Tips:

  • Experiment with Cheeses: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheeses. Try a shredded cheddar cheese blend for a sharper flavor, or crumbled goat cheese for a tangy twist.
  • Adding Herbs: If you have fresh herbs like parsley or basil, chop them finely and sprinkle them over the breadsticks before baking for an extra pop of freshness.
  • Leftovers: Leftover breadsticks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for a few minutes until warmed through. The texture may not be quite as crispy as fresh, but they will still be delicious.

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