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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pizza Breadsticks

The Monthly Recipe Swaps are meant to challenge a group of food bloggers to recreate a recipe from its original intention. Our chosen recipe for this month is a pizza in the simplest form. Now I love pizza as much as the next person  -though I'm impartial to my grilled flat bread pizzas I've been concocting for decades.

But the goal of the swap is to create something new, a variation of a pizza. I wanted it to be simple but have the essence of pizza. Life has become so busy that my latest  kitchen mantra is fast, easy and simple. That means a yeast crust was out; not that working with yeast is difficult but I wanted a quicker recipe with no assembling and proofing time.

What if the toppings were inside the dough itself like a pizza bread? Or a pizza stick. A bread stick filled with pizza toppings. It could work!

This pizza breadstick is somewhere between a bruschetta and a grissini (breadstick.) It's perfect to complete a salad or as an addition to an hors d'oeuvres table. A simple Fat and Happy pizza stick recipe to add to the pizza collection.

Please take a moment to view all of my fellow food bloggers pizza creations below.

Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: Make hundreds of variations on this recipe by changing the cheese, herb and other ingredients. Roll them long and thin or short and fat, just depends on your preference.

Pizza Breadsticks

3/4 cup white flour
1/4 cup wheat flour
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tbls fresh oregano
2 sun-dried tomatoes (4 halves)
 4 olives
4 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup ice water (amount may vary)
Salt for top of breadsticks
 4 thin slices of prosciutto ( optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place the flour, salt, baking powder, oregano, sun dried tomatoes and olives in the food processor; pulse to combine and cut up the ingredients. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. Continue to pulse while slowly adding small spoons of water in, be careful to not dump in all the water. The dough will combine into a ball, only add enough water for this to happen. Pulse the dough a bit after each water addition to see if it comes together before adding more. The dough will be somewhat moist.

Place the dough on the counter, cut it into equal parts and roll each section out on a lightly floured surface. You should be able to get 12 breadsticks, depending on how long you roll them out.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Wrapping a thin slice of prosciutto around the bread stick is optional at this point but it's so damn delicious when it bakes into a crunch bite. Carefully hold up one end of the rolled stick and lightly wrap a thin piece of prosciutto around it the best you can.

Bake until the the bread sticks become slightly browned; for a crunchy breadstick this took 25 minutes in my oven. For a softer pizza breadstick remove them at about 22 minutes. Allow to cool slightly on the pan then enjoy.


  1. These look wonderful Monique! So far we've all stayed close to home on the original recipe and there is no question why! Such soul-satisfying food like this deserves its day. I have never make pizza sticks and would love to try to make your recipe gluten free. I also wonder if you could pipe something (a filling) into them? That might be overkill but as you said they seem perfectly versatile and I love those types of recipes!

  2. Your breadsticks would be a perfect meal on their own for me tonight. Your grilled flatbread pizzas are also some of the best looking ones I have seen. One of these days, I'm just going to have to finally try grilling a pizza.

  3. Yum! Breadsticks are so delicious, and I LOVE the flavors you included in yours. These seem fancy enough for a party and down-home enough for a night in front of the television. Great interpretation of the original recipe!

  4. Is there anything better than a tasty breadstick wrapped in prosciutto? I'm in love with your post (shame I can't bake them at the moment).
    Shari from

  5. Oh my goodness I highly approve of this recipe ;) I had some amazing gluten-full breadsticks at an Italian joint a few weeks ago (worth it) and need to make a gluten-free option, so this recipe is going on that list. Awesome versatile recipe to have in the box - thanks!

  6. You and I almost took a similar take on the recipe. Love the idea of bread sticks and its great how many different variations this recipe can take. Love it! Thanks for sharing:)

  7. Yum! these remind my of pizza breadsticks we used to get from the Pizzacheria in Italy - lovely memories and a lovely recipe!

  8. Okay - how cool are you? Pizza Bread sticks? Brilliant! They also look delicious!

  9. too good. I can feel the crunch just from the picture.

  10. I love how you rolled it all up into one! And wrapping things in prosciutto doesn't hurt either.

  11. I would love a bouquet of those bread sticks on my dinner table tonight! They sound awesome! I'm always making pizza but have never tried making breadsticks. You have me convinced to give them a go!

  12. These are fantastic. This might be my favorite this swap. So clever and man do they look delicious. Way to blow my mind

  13. I adore grilled flatbread pizzas also!
    These things would disappear in minutes at my house, especially wrapped in prosciutto, my husband would go NUTS for them!!!


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