Recently, there was a merging of two families, expanding my household from two to four children. At the initial meeting of the four children, I decided a little cooking might be a good ice breaker for the girls. Plus, a fun snack in the middle of the afternoon would work for all six of us.
I wanted to make something that would require very little grown-up interference. I also wanted the recipe to allow for multiple hands assisting in the process. Breadsticks seemed to be the obvious choice. Rolling out the dough is shared easily, as it takes a bit of kid power to get it to the correct thickness. Plus, with multiple toppings, each child could be responsible for one.
As I hoped, the kitchen work went well. Our two girls, plus a friend, had fun preparing a midafternoon munchy. The entire family enjoyed the treat, and our first day as a family of six was a terrific success.
- 1 lb. pizza dough*
- olive oil
- garlic powder
- fresh parmesan cheese, grated
- marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 400. Divideball of dough into 2 pieces.
- On floured surface, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Brush a thin layer of olive oil onto dough. Sprinkle dough with garlic powder and parmesan cheese to desired amount of flavor.
- Using a pizza wheel, cut dough into strips, approximately 6 inches by 3/4 inch.
- Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes.
- While first batch of breadsticks is baking, repeat directions with the second half of dough.
- Serve immediately with warmed marinara for dipping.
- *Homemade pizza dough can be used.