Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pizza Sticks

This is an easy and yummy recipe, even for adults!  I found it on the I Wash, You Dry blog, and changed it by using homemade pizza dough instead of dough from a can, and I added parmesan.  Not much to the recipe.  The pizza sticks are similar to something called pizza rollers sold at our favorite pizza place, but these are undeniably better.  Next time I make them, I'm going to try freezing a bunch of them before baking so I can see how they do when baked from frozen.  Talk about a convenient, quick dinner or lunch!
Quick Note:  Use part skim mozzarella.  I made half of these with regular string cheese, and half with lactose free cheese sticks (not specifically mozzarella).  Every single one of pizza sticks made with the full fat lactose free cheese burst open in the oven and leaked their cheese everywhere, I think because of the extra fat.
Pizza Sticks
13 oz pizza dough (1/3 of this recipe)
40 slices pepperoni
10 mozzarella string cheese sticks, or a brick of mozzarella cut into 1 oz sticks
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
optional: pizza sauce and ranch dressing for serving
Preheat oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside.
Roll out pizza dough into an approximately 11 by 16 inch rectangle.  Make one long cut lengthwise, then cut the two strips into 10 rectangles total.
Line up 4 slices of pepperoni on each rectangle of dough, then top with a cheese stick.  Wrap the dough around the cheese sticks and pepperoni, sealing the seam and the ends.
Arrange pizza sticks on the baking sheet.  Melt butter and stir in garlic powder and parsley.  Brush over pizza sticks, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake until golden, about 10 minutes.  Let cool a couple of minutes before serving.
Yield: 10 pizza sticks

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