Candy Cane Breadsticks|
These simple and savory breadsticks are quickly and easily made with thawed frozen bread dough. Their festive appearance makes them look like you spent hours in the kitchen, but they can be made from start to finish in under half an hour. The pepperoni strips are very easy to make. Simply cut a thin ribbon from the pepperoni stick with a long even stroke using a vegetable peeler.
3 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon crumbled Italian spices
1 thawed 32 ounce package frozen bread dough
32 long strips of pepperoni cut from a 12 inch pepperoni stick
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease two baking sheets. In a small bowl mix together the Parmesan cheese and Italian spices. Set aside. Divide the dough into 16 roughly equal balls. Roll each ball into the cheese mixture to coat thoroughly. Roll each ball into a twelve inch breadstick. Twist a strip around the breadstick and tightly press it into the dough so it will stick to form the bands of the candy cane. Continue with the second piece of pepperoni to thoroughly wrap the breadstick. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Carefully bend the top third of the of the breadstick to form a candy cane. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve hot. The breadsticks can also be made up to 6 hours ahead of time and reheated in a hot oven for 3-5 minutes before serving.
Makes 16 breadsticks.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This recipe is part of the Christmas Ham Dinner Menu.