Friday, July 4

The Great Breadstick Experiment

I've undergone a few trial runs for my eventual pizza post, but I'm still not ready to share my (thus far amorphous) wisdom. However, the most recent mistrial led to a particularly auspicious culinary venture.

I used Heidi Swanson's recommended crust recipe, failing to note the yield: enough dough for six twelve-inch (thin-crust) pizzas. We made two, froze three, and saved one lone orb for The Great Breadstick Experiment.

The next night, the providential cello-wrapped ball of dough was divided into eight pieces: I rolled each into oblong cylinders about 7-8" long, flattened the strips, and rubbed them with olive oil. Working with four different filling combinations, I lined pairs of dough with garlic and herbes de Provence; Gorgonzola; capers; and for dessert, chocolate chips. Loosely pinching the edges together, I gingerly twisted each breadstick into long, slack coils. Each sample was generously sprinkled with kosher salt then baked for about 12 minutes at 450 degrees F, and finally served with a simple spinach omelette filled with sauteed mushrooms and goat cheese.



The clear champions of the evening were the Gorgonzola breadsticks, which I double-twisted to make double-wide 5" chunks of bread, salt, and cheese. What's not to love? The other selections were also quite tasty, particularly the combination of semi-sweet chocolate chips and kosher salt, which I may recreate with some sort of dairy or dairy-like delight. As I commented on Heidi's original post, you can often buy parcels of pre-made dough from pizzerias or good bakeries, which would be particularly convenient for whipping up a batch of cheesy breadsticks.

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You could probably also create a cousin of the Churro with a sugar/cinnamon medley! Mmhmmm.

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Gina Marie said...

I went out to dinner on saturday night and the place had the most amazing, super-skinny cheesy breadsticks that I've ever had, and I literally have spent the last few days thinking up breadstick recipes.

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