Right now there’s a puppy barking at me, a fly buzzing around my face, and a neighbor blasting the same song on repeat. The temperature is also nearing the three digit mark, which feels like death. But it’s all okay because I can go to my happy place by thinking about these gooey and cheesy breadsticks. They’re a fun finger food to serve as an appetizer, snack, or side.
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Taste: Like a mix between a jalapeno popper and pizza. Doesn’t get much better than that! The jalapeno flavor isn’t necessarily spicy after deseeding and baking. If you want more spice, use more jalapenos or leave some seeds in.
Texture: The breadsticks brown on the bottom for a nice crust while the cheese on top becomes gooey yet crunchy all at the same time. The filling inside is thick and creamy.
Ease: Nothing overly difficult here, assembly does take some patience. Make sure to really seal your pizza dough after filling with the cream cheese mixture so it doesn’t spurt out during baking.
Appearance: The filling is studded with green jalapeno pieces and is a wonderful surprise when you take a first bite.
Pros: Fun way to change up a classic appetizer. They actually taste pretty darn good reheated in the oven too (store in an airtight container in the fridge).
Cons: Quite hands-on.
Would I make this again? Yes.
How to make Jalapeno Popper Breadsticks
Yield: about 16 breadsticks
1 ball pizza dough
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a small bowl combine the cream cheese, jalapeno, salt, and pepper.
Dust a large work surface with flour and divide the dough ball in half. Working with one half, roll the dough with a rolling pin into a 1/4"-thick rectangle about 16" wide and 8" tall. If dough is not stretching out, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before rolling again. Cut the dough lengthwise into 2" wide strips.
Place cream cheese mixture in a large zip-top bag and cut a small hole in one corner. Slowly and steadily squeeze cream cheese mixture in a narrow line down the center of each dough strip. Fold dough over and press tightly to seal. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining dough ball.
Brush breadsticks with olive oil. Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until breadsticks are puffed and cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve warm.
By Tessa of Handle the Heat
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