Oh my, Chitlins. Stressed, high blood pressure, frenzied – none of these words come close to explaining my day today. I’m terribly sorry for not posting earlier! Even though I had a lovely and relaxing weekend in Vermont, while The BF and a few friends tried to squeeze in one last ski trip for the season. With my big half-marathon next weekend, my first of the year, I declined to ski and instead took the monster dog, Moose, that was staying with us for a lovely two hour hike.
While I am generally not one to take any major short cuts when I cook or bake, mostly because I know i can do it “the old fashioned way,” sometimes the circumstances demand that you find alternative methods. My trips to Vermont and often my evenings at The BF’s apartment demand such things. Sometimes you just have to make blueberry pancakes using the boxed mix. And sometimes you have to make breadsticks using Pillsbury dough. But that doesn’t mean they need be boring or uninspired. Au contraire!
When The BF and I head up to Vermont I’m mostly focused on foods that I can make either in absentia (like chili in a crock pot) or as quickly as humanly possible (like those brie and apple puff pastry poptarts that were so popular). Even though I wasn’t going to spend the entire day at the mountain this weekend, I also didn’t know what the skiiers’ schedule was going to be, especially not after the first car got stuck in the driveway and put them back about forty-five minutes. So I wasn’t going to slave all afternoon only to get grumpy because they decided to stay longer at the mountain for drinks apres-ski. Also, The BF purchased a tin of Pillsbury breadsticks, I’m assuming out of nostalgia, so I had to work with them.
With all that in mind, I bring you cheater fancy breadsticks. All the deliciousness of restaurant breadsticks, with half the work, at least. So, g’head and enjoy this lovely early spring weather we are being graced with. Sit outside all day and read a book/mend your garden/bask in the glory of the sun, and know that no one is going to hold it against you if you choose a Sandra Lee shortcut for appetizers/dinner/every meal. Or at least know that I won’t hold it against you, the purists might, but they’re no fun anyway.
Cheater Fancy Breadsticks
1 can of Pillsbury refrigerated breadstick dough (or other variety if they exist)
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2-3 tbsp Italian style bread crumbs
1-2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp ground black pepper
1-2 tsp garlic salt, or 2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp celery salt
Marinara or other tomato sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to package instructions, I believe mine said 375°F.
Unroll and separate out the individual breadsticks onto an ungreased baking sheet. In a small bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, black pepper, garlic salt (if using), and celery salt. Brush each stick with olive oil, if using freshly minced garlic evenly distribute it over the sticks now. Evenly sprinkle the seasonings over the sticks. Top generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Serve with warmed marinara or other tomato sauce as desired for dipping..
Unfortunately, we ate all our breadsticks immediately, so I can’t tell you how long they’ll last, other than perhaps three days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.