Are you often caught like me at meal time trying to come up with quick sides to go with your dinner? I’m not what you would call a ‘meal planner’. I plot a general menu in my mind for the upcoming week before grocery shopping. Planning main dishes is one thing, but I usually end up just picking up a variety of what looks good in the produce section and figure it’ll work itself out.
After all, I’ve always got pasta and rice on hand, and my easy reference bread recipes hanging inside my spice cupboard. I’ll tell ya what…these quick chewy breadsticks have come to the rescue more than once.
A Yeast Bread Recipe Done in Under an Hour
It really is amazing that these breadsticks can be made so quickly. There’s no real rising time required, just a 10-15 minute rest for the dough before forming. Now, an optional 20-30 minute rise will lighten your breadsticks a bit. But, frankly, I usually forego this, or just give it 15 minutes or so.
That’s just one change I’ve made to the original recipe. It’s a fantastic recipe, but the tweaks I’ve made make it more user friendly for me.
Aside from making the second rest time optional, I form the breadsticks differently. The original recipe calls for patting the dough out into a rectangle and cutting strips, then twisting the strips to form your breadsticks. Works fine, but I found that I prefer the lazy man’s method. I cut the dough into equal pieces and then roll them in my hands (think PlayDough) into ‘snakes’. You do what works for you.
The real secret here is that you butter your baking sheet thoroughly (I use my baking stone). This makes for the most delicious crust. I also brush some butter on top of the baked breadsticks for more flavor.
You can season these babies however you like. I usually stick to simple salt and garlic, but think of all the herbal possibilities! Rosemary would be delightful. Basil, mmmm. Oregano, yummy!
I like to serve these chewy breadsticks with all kinds of dishes:
Just ask yourself, is it dip-able? These breadsticks are just begging to be dragged through something saucy.
What are your meal time rescues when it comes to side dishes?