While bread sticks are fine and traditional appetizers of an Italian meal, everything is better with the addition of some cheese. This recipe covers how to bake your own cheesy bread sticks.
Hardware (Equipment and Tools)
1 mixing bowl
1 rolling pin
1. Add flour, the mustard powder, and baking powder, into a mixing bowl.
2. Add the butter, ground almonds, breadcrumbs, and cheese in the mixing bowl, then mix all of your ingredients until you have a mixed crumble of ingredients.
3. Add a pinch of salt and some egg yolk in order to add moisture and binding to the crumble. Mix until you have a proper dough.
4. Preheat your oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit (or 180 degrees Celsius).
5. Gently sprinkle flour over your work station and rolling pin.
6. Use the rolling pin to roll your cheese stick dough over the floured work station.
7. Use your knife to cut the dough into long slices that will become the final shape of your cheesy bread stick treats.
8. Arrange the strips of cheese dough along your baking sheet, either on greaseproof paper or baking parchment and place the sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.
9. Turn off your oven after the 10 minutes have passed and allow the cheese sticks to settle for at least five minutes.
10. Remove the baked cheese sticks from the oven and serve as desired.
Tips, Substitutions, and Other Information about Cheesy Bread Sticks
You can substitute the baking powder ingredient in this recipe for baking soda if you lack access to baking powder.
Cheesy bread sticks are also referred to as “cheese straws.”
If you’re looking for some creative sauces and dips to serve these with, consider: marinara sauce, ranch dressing, cheese dip, pimento cheese, green chili sauce, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or even raspberry sauce; the last of which is popular in some regions of New York.
If you’re interested in going the extra mile, consider getting a savory, soft-melting cheese and place it over the finished cheese dough. Cut the dough strips thick enough that you can envelope the cheese with the dough and you’ve got yourself some cheese-stuffed cheese bread sticks.
Another tweak to the recipe is to work in a little beer. Beer and cheese are two comestibles that usually go well together. Just remember that when working with any sort of liquor or spirit, to use a variety that you, or your guests, would actually drink by itself.