Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cheesy Ranch Bread Sticks

This recipe is a fun twist on my favorite bread sticks.  Most of the time I just sprinkle some spices or seasonings on top of the bread sticks, but this time I thought it would be fun to try and fill them.  It was really easy, and you could use any kind of spices you want.  My kiddos love ranch dressing, so I knew it would be a hit.  I also love that these have a very short rise time.  I can make them at almost the last minute and they still turn out great! These are great with any kind of meal and we dipped them in marinara sauce for lunch the next day.

Cheesy Ranch Bread Sticks

1 ½ cups warm water
1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons melted butter, divided
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix
1/2-1 cup shredded cheese

Mix all ingredients (except melted butter) in a large bowl or electric mixer and knead for three minutes. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.  Roll out the bread stick dough about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick.   Spread half of the dough with 2 Tbs. melted butter.  Sprinkle with ranch dressing mix and grated cheese.

Fold the dough in half, covering the dressing/cheese.  Press down on the dough to remove any air pockets.  Cut into strips with a pizza cutter.  Twist the bread sticks slightly and place about 1/2-inch apart on a baking sheet that has been spread with melted butter.  Cover and let rise 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Source:  Adapted from a family recipe

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