Parmesan BreadSticks and Pizza Dough

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There’s this restaurant in Park City, Utah that has the most amazing breadsticks. My family discovered them on our first ski trip out there, and then made it a point to get back to that restaurant when we went again this year. All of 2010 was spent talking about how we cannot wait to get some of those breadsticks again. While it is an excellent reason to get back to Park City, besides skiing and the beauty of Utah, it’s about time we get some of those breadsticks on this side of the country.
So here is the recipe! The way I did it was doubling a pizza dough recipe, and pulling off a hunk of it to make the breadsticks. Then, the rest of the dough was used to make a homemade “meat lovers” pizza.
Here is the already doubled recipe for Pizza Dough/Parmesan Breadsticks
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 package Rapid Rise Yeast
2 teaspons sugar
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or regular salt. . .whichever will be fine)
6 tablespoons olive oil
Parmesan Coating: 4 tablespoons grated parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Add sugar to the water and stir together. Then dissolve yeast into water. Set aside.
2. Combine flour, salt, olive oil in mixing bowl.
3. Add water/sugar/yeast mixture.
4. Using a dough hook on the kitchenaid mixer, I mixed the dough for approximately 4-6 minutes. I tested a small chunk of the dough by pulling it off and stretching it and making sure it doesn’t snap apart immediately. 
5. Lay a moist towel over the bowl and set it in a warm place for about an hour (or until the dough doubles in size). I usually set my oven on “warm” while I’m preparing everything, and then place the towel covered bowl in the oven and turn it off “warm”. 
6. Once the dough has risen, tear off a handful. Pull apart small chunks and roll them through your hands to create “sticks”. Roll the sticks on the Parmesan, garlic and salt mixture and place on a greased cookie sheet. 
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes on 375 degrees! Enjoy!
Meanwhile, you can do what you want with the rest of the pizza dough! I make it “meat lovers” by adding cooked italian sausage and pepperoni to it. 


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