For the breadsticks:
- 1 lb pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the dipping sauce (optional):
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the pizza dough:
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle, about 12×8 inches.
- Prepare the cheese mixture:
- In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, grated Parmesan cheese, grated mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, and salt.
- Apply the cheese mixture:
- Brush the entire surface of the rolled-out dough with the cheese mixture, making sure to evenly distribute it.
- Cut the dough into strips:
- Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into strips, about 1 inch wide.
- Twist the breadsticks:
- Take each strip and gently twist it, then place it on the prepared baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until the breadsticks are golden brown.
- Optional: Prepare the dipping sauce:
- While the breadsticks are baking, you can heat up the marinara sauce in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Once the breadsticks are done, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly. Serve them warm with the optional marinara sauce for dipping.
Enjoy your delicious Cheesy Italian Breadsticks!
Note: Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite herbs, spices, or different types of cheese to suit your taste preferences.