Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cheesy Garlic Sticks


All righty. Cheesy Garlic Sticks. I make them all the time. They are delicious, they only take a handful of ingredients, and often they are filling enough to make a meal out of on the cheap. I've tried a bunch of little tweaks to come up with what I think is the most delicious recipe for Cheesy Garlic Sticks. Ready for the recipe?

I don't make my own pizza dough. If you like making dough, by all means, go for it. I have yet to be satisfied with homemade pizza dough. So what I do is pick up premade pizza dough from Papa Murphys. It comes already rolled out, it is the 14" size, and is only $3! Compare this to pre-baked dough, which can run upwards of $6, and dough from a can, which I think tastes kinda gross. Note: From the comments on this post it has come to my attention that not all locations sell the dough premade, so you should call ahead and ask them if you don't want to waste a trip.

When you get your dough, it may need to be 'proofed', which just means it may need to rise. The longer you allow your dough to sit out and proof, the thicker the crust will be. I make my pizzas within a half hour to an hour of buying them, and I think the dough is just perfect. Not too thin, not too thick, just right. I lightly brushed the dough with olive oil, focusing on the edges so they would brown up nicely.

Next up for me to decide on was the type of cheese. Packaged shredded cheese melts really strange I have found. Whatever they put on the cheese to make it so it doesn't stick together in the bag will inhibit the cheese from melting and being nice and ooey gooey. So I ended up buying a ball of mozzarella (not the kind in water) and I tore the pieces of cheese with my fingers and covered the dough. If I had any really thick pieces of cheese, I flattened them slightly, but overall it was a quick process of pinching pieces of the cheese off of the ball and covering the dough.

After that, I grabbed a spoon and my jar of minced garlic from the fridge (I know, I know, but I love that stuff), I drizzled just a little bit of the garlic infused oil on the pizza, as well as some of the minced garlic itself. A sprinkle of Italian spices on top and it is ready to bake.

I've also added dried garlic powder to this, in addition to the garlic oil / minced garlic, to make it extra potent. If you are a garlic fan you might want to use both. It really just depends on how much of each you use. If you don't have minced garlic in a jar, feel free to use dried garlic instead. This is not a fussy recipe, just use what you got.

All in all, I thought it tasted fantastic. You can substitute a shredded cheese if you'd like, but in my experience it doesn't get super melty and delicious. It just sorta sits there.


Cheesy Garlic Sticks
Makes 1 pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 premade pizza dough from a pizzeria
  • olive oil for brushing dough
  • 1 ball of mozzarella (not the kind in water, the kind that is vacuum sealed), you will use about half of a ball, depending on the size of it
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, with flavored oil
  • Italian spices

Directions

  1. Prepare the crust: Transfer to a baking pizza pan. Brush dough lightly all over with olive oil.
  2. Cut or pull apart the cheese with your fingers and spread all over the dough.
  3. Drizzle the pizza with a little of the garlic flavored oil from the minced garlic, and sprinkle with minced garlic over the entire pizza. Add just a bit of Italian spices to the top, and bake. For my dough, they instruct you to bake at 425 for 12-18 minutes. (See detailed instructions here)

Source: Jam Hands

67 comments:

  1. wow i am totally gonna make these! thanks for making the recipe so simple to understand:)

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  2. You had me at cheese and garlic. This has my name written all over it!!! Thanks for the heads up on Papa Murphy's! I never knew they did that.

    I agree on the pre-shredded cheese - it's kinda worthless in the melting department.

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  3. This is a fantastic recipe! So easy, I'm thinking, "why have I never thought of it?" Hey, I always have a jar of the minced garlic in the fridge. It's so easy! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

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  4. @ Sally - Thanks!

    @ Christina'marie - You are welcome :)

    @ Mindy - No problem. I love their dough. Pre shredded cheese is very hit or miss for me. Sometimes it is okay, other times it just never melts. I've had a casserole or two that didn't turn out because the cheese wouldn't melt. It was super gross.

    @ Brenda - You are welcome :)

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  5. You know, I don't eat these, but my husband and daughter love them. Thank you for the recipe. I'd so rather make them at home than buy them frozen. Heck, I don't buy anything frozen except peas and puff pastry. ;)

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  6. I would love this. It's so easy just to use the ready made garlic too!

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  7. My teenage boys will thank you once I make this for them. Looks great!
    Lesa

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  8. These look super delicious and I can't wait to try them! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  9. I love you for this post!! We order cheese bread all the time & eat JUST that for dinner! We are cheesebread junkies!! Can't wait to try this!! {plus that's ingenious to get the dough from papa murphys- never would have thought of that} THANKS!!

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  10. Amen to shredding your own cheese! PW and Mel's Kitchen Cafe taught me that. It really makes such a huge difference-I never buy pre-shredded any more.

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  11. Looks divine...cheese with garlic on a thin dough?! Can't go wrong with that combo!

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  12. Ali, I love garlic cheese sticks and drive right by a Papa Murphys on my way to and from work. I didn't know they sold just the pizza crust. I am definitely going to stop and pick some up soon. It may be my dinner that night. Thanks so much.

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  13. This looks way better than the Italian Cheese Bread from our local place. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. YUMMM! This looks absolutely incredibly amazing! And I bet the smell in your house is just awesome! Thanks for sharing! : )

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  15. This looks exactly like the cheese sticks I used to order at 1 am in college. I will definitely try the recipe!

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  16. Oh this looks so good! I'm pinning this - I'll have to try it!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  17. These look amazing! There used to be this place called Gumby's near the university I graduated from, and these look JUST like the "pokey sticks" I would order from there! I'll have to try these out!
    ~*Jessica Lauren @ Copy-Cat-Crafter

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  18. You had me at ball of mozzerella!!

    @delightfullyclever.blogspot.com/

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  19. I tried to buy dough at papa murphys and they told me they don't sell just the dough :(

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  20. has anyone else had that problem?

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  21. I just pinned this. It looks FABULOUS! and I can't wait to make it! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Cheese and garlic- Yep that covers it -my favourite things. This looks delish!

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  23. ooo, poured garlicky oil on top...YUM! Pizzeria dough is so goooood. Thanks for the recipe.

    ...and thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week.

    I think I'm going to have garlic oil for breakfast now hehehe

    Sarah

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  24. Oh.my.gosh. YUM! These would go so fast in my house! The dough from Trader Joe's is really good and it's about $1. Great to use for recipes like this!

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  25. These look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!
    I'm hosting a link party today. Stop by if you'd like!
    http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-tell-party-1.html

    Chrissy
    www.formamas.blogspot.com

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  26. You had me at cheesy. These look amazing! I am going to be making these very soon because it has been ages since I've had a good cheesy breadstick. I'm a new follower from the hop!

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  27. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture. I want some right now!!

    I would love for you to come share at Blog Stalking Thursday! The Link Party goes all week! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-stalking-thursday-3.html

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  28. These look delicious and mouth watering even at 7:00 in the morning. :) Thanks for sharing.
    Melsisa
    www.sweetcoconutlime.blogspot.com

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  29. @ Snarrs - Just to double check, did you go to papa murphys or papa johns? I've never come across a papa murphy that didn't sell the dough before, but I'm sure each store is different.

    I'd recommend calling first for anyone else if dropping by a store is out of your way for daily errands.

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  30. our Papa Murphy's won't let us buy dough either but they did 'just this once' Can't wait to try it! :)

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  31. Thanks for posting this! My bf is forever buying cheapo frozen garlic cheese sticks and I'd love to be able to make something fresher (and probably healthier!).

    PS, your blog name is awesome! Some days I am just a glorified napkin to my toddler.

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  32. These look amazing! I make something similar, but I make my own dough. I don't use that dough for pizza, but I think it works for this. You can check it out on my site, I call them Pokey Sticks, if you are interested!

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  33. Your Garlic Sticks look awesome! So much better than from the frozen box. It is a great recipe.Hope you are having a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    See you soon!
    Miz Helen

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  34. Oh my. I HAVE to make these ASAP! I'm bookmarking this recipe immediately!

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays! :)

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  35. Thanks so much for linking these up to Think Pink Sundays! I featured you on FB & Twitter today - and I pinned them for me! :)

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  36. Hi! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday! Amazing job! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring you tomorrow..please stop by and grab a button...http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

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  37. Yum... sounds like a mouthful of cheesy, garlicy goodness!

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  38. My family is going to love this!!!

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  39. THANK YOU so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I'd like to invite you back this week.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you again!

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  40. Oh holy cow these look divine! They remind me of the cheese sticks I used to get in college that were notoriously known for single-handedly adding the freshman 15 to everyone's waistlines! I can't wait to try them!!

    By the way, I'm stopping by from This Chick Cooks.

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  41. Must must must try this! It looks like Papa Johns cheesy bread which is my favorite!! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. And wow! I may have to make these too! I love cheese bread! Thanks for linking up with me!

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  43. This was a popular recipe this week and I can see why. It looks so delicious and so cheesy. I will just have to try it next time the gkids are here. I would love it if you would share it with my blog party too....Tuesday's Tasty Tidbits at PermanentPosies.com.

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  44. I have the late night munchies this look yummy! Thanks for linking to WorkShop Wednesday!

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  45. OH my gosh, I could eat these cheesy garlic sticks around the clock! I'm now following you and would love a follow back and am inviting you to my weekend foodie blog hop that is growing every week; 10 blogs are featured each week. We'd love to have you and hope to see you there!

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  46. Oooo.. what a fun recipe. The family would devour this in no time flat!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  48. oh my!! *drool* these look fantastic!! i need a towel to wipe my chin, seriously! Now I'm going to peruse through your site in hopes of a fabulous marinara sauce to pair with these..for snacktime for mama tomorrow ROFL!

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  49. Oh my goodness, this looks insanely good!!! I definitely need to make it...pretty much right away! Yum yum yum. :)

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  50. My husband and I used to get garlic cheese sticks just like this once a week when we lived in the dorms in college. I am definitely going to have to make this for us soon!

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  51. This looks amazing! Keep it up :)
    http://thingsimakeinmykitchen.blogspot.com/

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  52. I just made these tonight and it was FANTASTIC! There was this place we used to go to after late nights in college (at UW-Eau Claire) called Jeff & Jim's and they had somehting very similar to these called smotherella sticks. It just brought back memories!!

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  53. Rhodes Frozen Dough makes a fabulous Pizza Dough or I've also just used their bread dough!

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  54. Yummy!! These sound amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    I featured this on my blog this past week, stop on by and grab a featured button if you'd like :)
    http://artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com/2011/11/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-8.html

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  55. I made this last night - they were very much like the delivery version and very tasty. BUT. I used a whole ball of mozz (a little bigger than my fist in size) and it was STILL not nearly enough cheese to put it in the delivery version. I would say you'd have to at least quadruple the amount you call for your recipe to make it cheesy enough.

    Then again, I am from Wisconsin.

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  56. Stunning presentation! These pizza look delicious and perfect for watching movies. You're so creative! Thanks for sharing!


    Kitchen Benchtops

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  57. this recipe looks delicious! I featured it on my blog for our superbowl party. You can see it http://iamonly1woman.blogspot.com/2012/02/super-bowl-eats.html

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  58. You can buy a case of 20 16"pizza dough balls individually wrapped and greased for a little over a $1 per crust in the deli at Sam's Club. They taste just like Papa Murphy's crust. My family loves my pizza over any take out pizza shop. Will have to try the garlic cheese bread.

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  59. You can buy a case of 20 16"pizza dough balls individually wrapped and greased for a little over a $1 per crust in the deli at Sam's Club. They taste just like Papa Murphy's crust. My family loves my pizza over any take out pizza shop. Will have to try the garlic cheese bread.

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  60. Sharing simple and delicious recipes like this is what "Peace On Earth,Good will towards Man" mean. Thank you! Our family will love this recipe.

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  61. Try some bacon bits on these too, talk about YUMMY!!!

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  62. I live in a small town and I have never heard of that pizza place...so what would you suggest to replace it? Also our store doesn't have balls of cheese that I am aware of....would slices work better than shredded? thanks..

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  63. Thanks for sharing the good recipe!!=)

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