As you all probably know by now, I am a huge pizza fan. In fact, my whole family is. We probably eat it once a week, either from the store or homemade. Something about pizza is comforting, delicious and fun at the same time. I think what contributes to my love of pizza is, when I was a kid my mom worked an hour and a half away from home as a nurse practitioner, so she would come home late most nights (the downside of living on an island in the middle of nowhere). Therefore, it was my dad and I a lot (my older sibs left home as soon as they could, and I am a bit younger than all of them). My dad runs the local newspaper, so deadline day he would always be later and never have the energy to cook a decent meal for us. So, it was a special night for pizza. He’d always get meatlovers, and a small cheese for me. And cape cod chips. Can’t forget the chips! My love of pizza has continued into adulthood. (Wait, I am an adult!?) And my daughter has definitely inherited the gene of pizza love.
Breadsticks are something my husband will always order if we go to a pizza joint. So that inspired me to find a recipe online that I could make at home. Much healthier and tastier! I love the garlic addition in these breadsticks. It makes them oh so good. I generally make two of these since one pizza isn’t enough for the four of us anymore. These make a wonderful finger food for a party or movie night with the family. Or, serve alongside a salad and you have yourself a meal!
Recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest
Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks
These breadsticks are super cheesy with a hint of garlic. They are great served hot and dipped in sauce.
- 1 lb. pizza dough, store-bought or homemade
- 3 Tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 8-10 oz. shredded mozzarella
- marinara sauce for dipping (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 500ºF with a pizza stone inside. If you don't have a pizza stone, use an upside down cookie sheet.
- Mix butter and garlic in a small bowl and set aside.
- Roll pizza dough out into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (easier for transferring into the oven).
- Spread the butter and garlic mixture over dough, then sprinkle the garlic powder evenly over the top. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
- Transfer the pizza on the parchment paper to the preheated stone and bake until golden and bubbly; 10-15 minutes. Slice into sticks and serve warm with marinara dipping sauce, if desired.