Remove desired number of frozen layers of pre-cut sticks from case. Thaw at room temperature for approximately 5 minutes. Separate sticks and place 1-inch apart on greased sheet pans. For plain sticks, brush with melted butter. Let rise for approximately 1 hour. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven (convection oven: 350 degrees) for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot or cooled.
Seeded Breadsticks: Brush with well beaten egg and sprinkle with your choice of sesame, poppy, or caraway seeds.
Flavored Breadsticks: Brush sticks with melted butter and sprinkle with your choice of Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, dill weed, herbs, minced onion, grated Cheddar cheese, etc. Try hot garlic and Parmesan breadsticks dipped in Italian sauce!
Fancy Shaped Breadsticks: Twists: Twist strips on sheet pans for swirled effect or twist two sticks together.
Knots: Tie breadstick dough pieces into loose knots prior to rising. Snails: Coil dough pieces tightly bringing ‘tail’ to center before rising.
Pretzels: Shape breadstick dough pieces into pretzels and brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt. Shorter Breadsticks: Cut sticks into halves or thirds before panning.
Crispy Chewy Breadsticks: Do not let dough rise prior to baking.
Fried Breadsticks: Cut thawed breadstick dough pieces in half. Fry until golden brown on each side.
Herb Breadsticks: Brush 1 layer of 24 breadsticks with mixture of 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds.
Poppy Seed-Onion-Cheddar Breadsticks: Brush 1 layer of 24 breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with mixture of 2 cups grated Cheddar Cheese, 6 tablespoons dried chopped onions, and 2 teaspoons poppy seeds.
Parmesan-Dill Breadsticks: Spread mixture of 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan & Romano cheese blend and 1 tablespoon dill weed over 1 layer of 24 breadsticks.
Italian Breadsticks: Spread 1 layer of 24 breadsticks with mixture of 2 table-spoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons oregano, 1 & 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, and 1 teaspoon paprika.
Nutty Breadsticks: Spread 1 layer of 24 breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle with mixture of 1/2 dup ground walnuts, 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds, 1 & 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon garlic salt.
Cinnamon-Sugar Sticks: Brush breadsticks with melted butter and sprinkle with mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Lemon-Nutmeg Sticks: Brush breadsticks generously with melted butter and sprinkle with mixture of 1 cup sugar, 1 & 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
Coffee Mug Twists: Brush 24 breadsticks with melted butter. Sprinkle with half of mixture of 1 cup sugar and 3 tablespoons cinnamon or grated orange rind. Turn sticks over and spread other sides with butter and remaining sugar mixture. Twist two sticks together and coil into 10 oz. OVEN-PROOF mugs. Let rise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve when mug handles are cool enough to hold.
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