Every year it gets the more and more difficult to invent a new recipe that everyone would love. And it’s always preferable that it’s quick and easy to make, what with all the assortment of dishes we usually prepare for a holiday dinner.
This fast snack is a good option for a homemade veggie pizza. These spinach filled breadsticks will also perfectly replace usual bread. And it’s simply so convenient to prepare a couple of interesting sauces to use the sticks to dip into. And the idea of shaping it into a Christmas tree will make your dinner best of all!
12 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
6 oz cream cheese, softened
2 garlic clovers,minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
1/2 cup greated parmesan cheese
1 cup cheddar or mozerella cheese
You’ll start by mixing up the spinach dip ingredients. Make sure to thaw the frozen spinach (or just defrost it in the microwave) and squeeze it in handfuls to get most of the moisture out. Then use a hand or stand mixer to mix it with the softened cream cheese, garlic, seasonings, and cheeses.
Unroll the pizza crust on a piece of parchment paper. Using a pizza slicer, cut the crust as shown below:
This gives you one large triangle and two smaller ones. Transfer the smaller triangles to a second piece of parchment paper, placing the long side edges together, to make another large triangle. The dough will stretch out a little as you move it around – no biggie, just gently tug it into the shape you want, pressing the two halves together in the middle. This will be the base of the breadsticks. I also gave the base a short little trunk. Spread the spinach dip over the base.
Sprinkle on the remaining cheese, and then top with the first triangle of dough. You’ll likely have to tug at the dough a little bit to make sure it completely covers the base triangle.
Using a pizza cutter, cut slices from the middle to each edge about every inch down the triangle as shown below. Don’t slice all the way across; leave about an inch down the middle of the tree intact.
Grab each “slice” and twist it to form a tree shape, as shown below. For the top slice that’s very short you’ll just give it a half twist; as you go further down the tree and hit longer slices you’ll give them two or three full twists.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 22 minutes until the bottom is completely cooked through. The top is going to get nice and browned, but make sure to check that the bottom is cooked through. If you are cooking on a heavy cookie sheet, like I did, you may want to cook this on the lower rack in your oven.
Once out of the oven you can brush the breadsticks with melted butter, garlic salt, and seasonings.
Then serve it up while it’s still warm. Everyone can tear off a breadstick or two to enjoy.