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Monday, August 18, 2014

Pizza Sticks

I usually make a rectangular shaped pizza and cut it into rectangles to make pizza sticks. Though there is nothing wrong with the taste of those sticks, I never found them appealing enough looks-wise to post it on the blog. For me they look like just rectangular shaped pizza slices with sauce and cheese oozing from all sides. I prefer neat looking individual sticks over them. I therefore decided this time to slice the rolled out pizza dough into rectangles before baking rather than waiting to slice after the baking part is done.
The dough I used for these pizza sticks comes from here. This recipe has become a recent favorite of us and I have been using it quite often for delicious, homemade pizzas. I used half of the dough to make cheese pizza and the rest to make about 13 sticks. For a quicker option, store bought pizza dough can be used.
Ingredients for pizza dough: 
1 cup lukewarm water
1.5 tsp active dry yeast
1.5 tbsp sugar
1.5 tbsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil (optional) 
2 & 3/4 to 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 
Ingredients for pizza sticks:
Pizza dough (above or store-bought)
Pizza sauce 
Mozzarella cheese
Vegetable toppings if desired
Pizza seasonings any if desired
 Dough preparation:
* Add sugar, yeast and salt to lukewarm water. Mix well to combine and leave the solution in a warm place for about 10 minutes. The mixture would turn frothy by the time. 
* Start with about 2 & 1/2 cups flour and go on adding extra as needed to form a smooth, soft dough.
* Using a mixer / a bread machine set on the dough cycle / hands, knead the dough until it's smooth and elastic, about 7 to 10 minutes.
* Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours.

Making Pizza Sticks:
(I used half the dough I prepared from above measurements and divided it into two portions.) 
* Gently deflate the dough before using. Line a baking sheet with greased aluminum foil or parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 450 deg F.
* Place the dough ball directly on the sheet, shape it into a thin rectangle and slice it. If the end slices have contracted around the edges, just pull and reshape.
* Spread pizza sauce and sprinkle cheese over the slices. Arrange vegetable toppings and seasonings if using.
* Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the cheese bubbles and slightly browns.
* Remove from the oven and slice them along the previously made cuts.
* Serve immediately along with ketchup or marinara sauce.
These are on their way to BM# 43 under "Pizza" theme. Check the link to learn what other marathoners are cooking this week.

14 comments:

Varadas Kitchen said...

They do have nicely finished edges when you cut it before you bake. Nice one.

Sarita said...

Yummy pizza sticks..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and lovely looking rectangular pizza. Wonderfully prepared.
Deepa

Srividhya said...

yum. great finger food to pack too

Kalpana Sareesh said...

they r jus so yummm

Priya Suresh said...

Those sticks looks fabulous, quite addictive too.

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

What a innovative idea to enjoy pizza..Sure these mini pizza will be a crowd pleaser...

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

Wow so yummy pizza sticks... Love the clicks...

vaishali sabnani said...

Lovely Harini..these sticks look gorgeous and are tempting me...really neat and cool.

Srivalli said...

Those sticks look so heavenly!..will be making these shortly..as for Pizzas, 3 days are not enough!

Sapana Behl said...

Sticks looks so delicious and beautiful !

Harini-Jaya R said...

Lovely Suma. These are very tempting. My older one is drooling over the pictures!

sneha datar said...

An lovely looking sticks.

Chef Mireille said...

look so colorful and appetizing