15 Minute Meal: Pizza Sticks
Pizza sticks are a really simple, yummy meal that is great for any number of people. As is it would feed 1-2 people, but it's easy to multiply to include more. It's also a good choice for customization if you wanted to use different meats, no meat, vegetables, ect.
-1 can Pillsbury pizza dough (You can make dough from scratch, but usually when I make this recipe I'm short on time, and making the dough isn't an option. You could also use crescent roll dough, or most any bread dough that's handy.)
-shredded mozzarella cheese
-pizza sauce or marinara sauce (I usually just use marinara because I have it already)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and thoroughly grease a cookie sheet.
2.Roll out the dough flat onto a piece of wax paper.Cut down the middle (hot dog style) so that you have two long, thin rectangles. On one half, spread a thin layer of marinara. Top with pepperonis and cheese. This is the time to add any additional ingredients. You can add as much of each topping as you prefer, but keep in mind that it becomes more difficult to twist them up with more ingredients.
3. Gently place the other piece of dough on top. Cut the pizza-dough sandwich into slices. These should be about an inch wide and 4-5 inches long. Then, gently twist each strip a couple times. Some of the ingredients may poke out, and loose ingredients like cheese may fall out a little. Place these on your waiting cookie sheet. Leave an inch or so in between each pizza stick as they'll grow some while they bake. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
4. Bake for about 10 minutes. If they aren't done yet, check on them every 60 seconds until they're finished. It should take no longer than 15 minutes. The bottoms can burn rather easily, so it's important to keep a close eye on them. If you're using an alternative type of dough, like crescent roll dough, you may want to start checking on them after 5 minutes, just to be on the safe side.
I like to serve these with marinara dipping sauce and some salad. They're really delicious and fun. They also make for a good party food.