Garlicky Cheesy Breadsticks

published Sep 23, 2021
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Cheese Breadsticks Recipe

The ingredients for these cheese breadsticks are easy to keep on hand, and there’s no need for a fancy technique to form or stuff the dough.

Serves4 to 8

Makes16 breadsticks

Prep15 minutes

Cook15 minutes

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A pile of cheese breadsticks on a round blue plate, with a side of marinara sauce, a small plate to the side with a single cheesy breadstick dipped in sauce, a glass of beer and another plate with more breadsticks nearby.
Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

Homemade cheese breadsticks are a dippable and shareable appetizer that happen to be delightfully easy to make. The ingredients are simple, and there’s no need for a fancy technique to form or stuff the dough.

It all begins with prepared pizza dough. This can be found in the refrigerated or freezer section in the grocery store. Alternatively, you could ask your favorite local pizza joint to sell you some. Or, of course, if you can use your favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough.

To make cheesy breadsticks, form the dough into two rectangles then brush a quick garlic and herb olive oil on top. Sprinkle cheese over the entire surface (no need to leave a crust!), then bake until golden and bubbly. Once the bread comes out of the oven, immediately cut each slab into breadsticks and serve warm. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

How to Shape Cheese Breadsticks:

There’s no need to pre-shape the dough into sticks before baking. The breadsticks can be cut with a knife or pizza wheel into one-inch-wide pieces after the cheesy bread comes out of the oven.

Credit: Photo: Eric Kleinberg; Food Stylist: Kristina Vanni

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Cheese Breadsticks Recipe

The ingredients for these cheese breadsticks are easy to keep on hand, and there’s no need for a fancy technique to form or stuff the dough.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Makes 16 breadsticks

Serves 4 to 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1 pound

    pizza dough, thawed if frozen

  • 2 tablespoons

    olive oil, plus more for the baking sheets

  • 2 cloves

    garlic

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 1 1/2 cups

    shredded Italian cheese blend (about 6 ounces), divided

  • 3/4 cup

    marinara sauce

Instructions

  1. Let 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough sit on the counter until room temperature.

  2. Arrange 2 racks to divide the oven into thirds and heat the oven to 425°F.

  3. Mince 2 garlic cloves and place in a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, if desired. Stir to combine.

  4. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil onto 2 rimmed baking sheets. Divide the dough in half. Place a piece on each baking sheet and gently stretch and press into a thin 8x4-inch rectangle.

  5. Spoon or brush the olive oil mixture over the entire surface of both pizza doughs. Sprinkle 3/4 cup of the cheese over the entire surface of each rectangle.

  6. Bake until breadsticks are golden-brown, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place 3/4 cup marinara sauce in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warm.

  7. Cut each baked dough crosswise into 8 breadsticks (about 1-inch thick). Serve immediately with the marinara sauce for dipping.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate leftover breadsticks in an airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.