Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pepper-Parmesan Breadsticks

I found this recipe rather interesting, had all the ingredients on hand, found the quantity mentioned to be small enough to sample this and figured that it would make for a fun afternoon with my 3 year old who loves to "help" me in the kitchen. She always pulls up a chair to the island and wants to peel or cut veggies for me (of course, i don't allow that).. but she will help me measure, pour ingredients & stir or transfer contents from a bowl to a bag that is headed for the freezer. It's quite fun and I hope she'll be just as interested when she grows up.

This is from a Cooking Light magazine and I would have to say that I was not totally bowled over by it but it was quite easy, fast and tasted pretty okay. I dipped it in some marinara and it was quite good... was also good with a hot bowl of soup. However, it doesn't keep well.. I noticed that it lost it's crispness when I stored a few of the leftovers in an air-tight container. The original recipe calls for Pecorino Romano cheese while I used Parmesan since that's what I had.


All purpose Flour - 1/3 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1/4 cup
Fresh Parmesan/Pecornino cheese - 1/4 cup, grated
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Black pepper - 1/2 tsp, powdered
Water - 5 tbsp
Extra virgin Olive Oil - 1 tsp

1) Preheat oven to 450F
2) Combine flours, cheese, baking powder and pepper. Add water and oil. Stir until dough forms.
3) Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly 4/5 times.
4) Divide into 18 equal portions and shape each into a 8 inch rope.
5) Place ropes on baking sheet coated with cooking spray and bake for 10 mins or until bottoms are golden brown. Serve with a dip of choice.

Note: 3 breadsticks = 64 cals.


  1. I just love savory treats like this. I will have to try this!

  2. Nice picture! Looks like you get all the yummy flavors without the butter or fat. I must say I looooove pecorino romano, its my favorite hard cheese. How nice that your daughter likes to are raising another great cook :)

  3. looks deliicous & fantastic entry dear... thxs for sharing..

  4. Love that you used whole wheat flour! Looks great.

  5. looks delicious .. goes great with tea

  6. i love breadsticks..they go great with soup isn't it? wonderful that u have baked at home :) regarding the thai spice blend powder, yes it does have thai flavor. it is just a mixture of fenugreek, coriander seeds, chilli powder, turmeric etc... it can be made at home also.

  7. Hi...
    This is a nice recipe. Looks so good. Love to have them with a hot bowl of soup.

  8. can imagine the taste with cheese and pepper..must have tasted great with some hot soup..

  9. Love the presentation Laav! :)

  10. oooh these looks good. i love breadsticks with soup!

  11. Wow,Lavanya...
    Thats really tempts and MOm's helper hmmmm.. :)

    And i didnt read ur aval recipe yet..u have posted two posts so fast...

    Thank you so much for the advice..Am really thinking of doing it to my son...

  12. Tempting savory breadsticks, Ur litle one is so cute to help u!

  13. i love these breadsticks - they look great! thanks for sharing - gonna try them now! :-)

  14. Haven't ever seen anything but the plain old brown breadsticks - like the speckled appearance of these!

  15. these would go well with a bowl of old fashioned "cream of tomato" soup.
    Your little one sounds adorable:)

  16. Never made these sicks they look realy tempting

  17. did try these - they were quite good. maybe i made mine too thin because some of them got too brown and i had to chuck them. :( loved the flavors though.

  18. Bread sticks look divine...will love to have with hot bowl of soup...

  19. Looks so yumm....the pic is so nice and so sweet of your little one..:)...gud teaching started it seems ;)..inbtw you have a award waiting for you in my blog :)

  20. I have everything in my hand now Lavanya..Looks so yummy..Will try now.

  21. Looks perfectly crunchy and delicious.

  22. Laavanya i really couldnt think making them would be so easy and simple.....they look awesome ......

  23. Parmesan breadsticks is something I can relate to..but never thought of really adding pepper! Worth a try :) bookmarked :)

  24. breadsticks look fabulous Laavanya! Beautiful presentation! So nice of your little one to help you out.

  25. Savory breadsticks! thats quite a creative one Laavanya.. new to me.. Perfect quick snack for tea-time..

    I loved your spicy thengai aval too.. I definitely want to give that a shot.. bookmarked..:)

  26. beautifull pics. i never tried this before.

  27. cool blog.nice recipes.......hv added u to my list

  28. This is relly an simple but awesome recipe laavanya,and with those small helping hand at ur kitchen it would have been fun for both of you!My son(4yrs) always will be ready for mixing,stiring anything...:)

  29. They make a good eve snack.. ur recipe looks simple. will try it soon.

  30. Wonderful looking sticks, oh they should go along well with soups...

  31. Looks wonderful...great pics :)

  32. Thank you Lisa.

    Veggie Belly, Yes.. the fact that it was a healthier recipe motivated me to give it a shot. Oh yes.. she is rather interested...sometimes too much :)

    Thank you Srikar, Anudivya & Deesha.

    Mahima, yes I can see that these would pair really well with soup.

    Thank you Suma, Sukanya, Sowmya, Sig & Nags :)

    Ramya.. thanks.. Let me know how that works out for your son.

    Thank you Cham.

    Arundathi. thanks for trying it out and the feedback. I remember having trouble getting 18 portions out the dough so maybe mine were a little thicker.. didn't have a burning problem.

    Sra, yes. the pepper was a nice touch.

    DB, for sure.. that would've made a nice combination. Thanks! :)

    Thanks Happy Cook & Sireesha.

    Priti, Thanks :) I had no idea that she'd be this interested & Thanks for the award!

    Kamala, hope you got a chance to try it.

    Thank you Jayashree.

    Raaji..they were very easy and it was fun rolling out the dough.

    DK, do try with pepper.. i liked that touch.

    Thank you Uma.

    Thanks Sujatha.. hope you get a chance to try the aval.

    Andhra flavors, Shama - thank you guys.

    Raks, yes especially if she watches food network.. then she'll want to immdtly make something :)

    Thank you Anjali, Ramya & Usha for your sweet words.

  33. lovely recipe! looks gonna try it soon

  34. Breadsticks look great..Perfect with soup..


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