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Imitation Olive Garden Bread Sticks Recipe

This is another one of those recipes that is much loved at Olive Garden but is really easy to make at home.

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour,plus more for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter,softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fine salt

For the Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter,melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of dried oregano

Directions

  1. Make the dough: Place 1/4 cup warm water in the bowl of a mixer; sprinkle in the yeast and set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add the flour, butter, sugar, fine salt and 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons warm water; mix with the paddle attachment until a slightly sticky dough forms, 5 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface until very smooth and soft, 3 minutes. Roll into a 2-foot-long log; cut into 16 1 1/2-inch-long pieces. Knead each piece slightly and shape into a 7-inch-long breadstick; arrange 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a cloth; let rise in a warm spot until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Make the topping: Brush the breadsticks with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt with the garlic powder and oregano. Brush the warm breadsticks with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the flavored salt.

Imitation Cheese Sticks from Pizza Hut Recipe

We love the breadsticks at our local Pizza Hut but with this recipe I can make them at home as an alternative to nachos or ordering in.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6-1/2 ounces) pizza crust mix
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pizza sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Mix pizza dough according to package directions, adding garlic powder to dry mix. Cover; let rest 5 minutes.
  2. Knead dough 4-5 times or until easy to handle. On a greased baking sheet, press dough into an 8-in. square. Brush top with oil; sprinkle with cheeses and Italian seasoning.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Cut in half; cut each half crosswise into eight strips. Serve with pizza sauce. Yield: 16 cheese sticks.

Detroit-Style Pan Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 300g bread flour (10.5 ounces; about 2 generous cups)
  • 5g instant yeast (0.15 ounce; about 1 teaspoon)
  • 9g salt (0.3 ounce; about 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt or 1 tablespoon kosher salt)
  • 220g water (7.75 ounces; about 1 cup minus 1 1/2 teaspoons)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons (about 5g) dried oregano
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce; 800g) can high-quality crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon (about 6g) granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (about 6g) granulated onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon (about 15g) sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste

To Finish:

Directions

  1. To Make the Dough in a Stand Mixer: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Stir to combine, then add water. Mix on low speed until dough comes together into a rough ball, then shut off mixer and let rest for 10 minutes. Continue mixing at medium-low speed until dough forms a smooth, silky ball, about 10 minutes longer. (It should stick to the bottom of the bowl as it kneads rather than riding around the edges.) Remove dough hook, form dough into a tight ball, set in the bottom of the mixer bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  2. To Make the Dough in a Food Processor: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add water, then turn on processor and process until dough forms a ball that rides around the bowl of the processor, about 30 seconds. Continue processing for 30 seconds longer. Transfer dough to a bowl, form a tight ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  3. To Make the Dough by Hand: Combine flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk to combine, then add water and stir with a wooden spoon until a rough ball of dough has formed. Set aside for 10 minutes. Turn dough out onto a countertop and knead until a smooth, silky ball has formed, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a bowl, form a tight ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place until dough has roughly doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

  4. Pour a couple tablespoons olive oil in the bottom of a Detroit-style anodized aluminum pan or two 8- by 8-inch cake pans. (Split dough in half if using cake pans.) Transfer dough to pan(s) and turn to coat in oil. Press down on dough and spread it toward the edges. You won’t be able to get it all the way to the edges; this is okay. Spread it as much as you can without tearing, then cover tightly in plastic and set aside for 30 minutes to allow dough to relax. Return to dough and stretch it out again. It should be able to reach the edges this time. If not, let it rest a little more and try again. To get the dough to stay in the corners, stretch it up beyond the corners so that it pulls back into place. Once dough is stretched, cover again and set aside while you make the sauce.

  5. For the Sauce: Adjust oven rack to lowest position and preheat oven to 550°F (290°C), or as close to it as your oven gets. Heat 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add minced garlic, oregano, and pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until reduced to about 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

  6. To Form the Pizza: Press down on dough with your fingertips to remove any large air bubbles. Lay half of pepperoni (if using) evenly over face of dough. Top with cheese, spreading it evenly all the way to the very edges of the pan, then add remaining pepperoni. Spoon sauce over surface in 3 even rows. (You will need only about half the sauce—save the rest for another pizza.)

  7. Transfer to oven and bake until edges are black and bubbly and exposed cheese on top is starting to lightly brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a trivet or folded kitchen towel on countertop.

  8. Run a thin metal spatula all the way around the edges of the pan to loosen the pizza. Carefully lift it out and slide it onto a cutting board. Cut pizza and serve.

Baking Cheddar Potato Skins Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes, baked
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 green onions, sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 475°. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell (save pulp for another use). Place potato skins on a greased baking sheet.
  2. Combine oil with next five ingredients; brush over both sides of skins.
  3. Bake until crisp, about 7 minutes on each side. Sprinkle bacon and cheddar cheese inside skins. Bake until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes longer. Top with sour cream and onions. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Gondola’s Thin Pizza Crust Recipe

While in Winnipeg for a meeting with his boss, his boss almost ordered Jordon to check out the Gondola Pizza booth in Winnipeg’s Airport.  Jordon was inclined to do it anyways but he took Mike’s advice and after doing it, called me from the Winnipeg Airport to tell me how good his Cheese Burger Pizza was.  Here is the ingredients for the pizza crust.  I’ve made it several times and I love it each time.

Ingredients

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) sugar
  • 15 ml (1 envelope) traditional yeast
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) oil
  • 310 ml (1 1/4 cups) flour
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 250 ml (1 cup) lukewarm water
  • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) flour
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) oregano
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) pepper

Directions

  1. Combine first five items in a large mixing bowl. Stir in warm water. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) at a time to the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes and let rest for 20 minutes in a warm room.
  2. On a well-floured surface, roll dough into a very thin sheet. Cut to fit a pan. Make sure the pan is dry and floured. Freeze for at least three hours.
  3. To prepare pizza, place toppings on top of your favourite sauce and frozen crust. Make sure the crust is completely frozen. Thawing the crust will result in a soggy or thicker crust. The crust should not be exposed for more than 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature. Bake in 450 F to 550 F (230 to 290 C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.

Restaurant-style pizza sauce

  1. 398 ml (14 oz) can Hunt’s Italian tomato sauce
  2. 1 ml (1/4 tsp) chili powder
  3. 1 ml (1/4 tsp) garlic powder
  4. 5 ml (1 tsp) dried oregano leaves (not ground oregano)

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly. Chill covered until needed.


Taste Tester Notes: Nice combination of flavours for a thin-crust pizza and sauce. When mixing the dough, it will seem like there is excess flour, but as you knead it the flour will all be worked in. This makes enough dough for two 12-inch pizzas and more than enough sauce for both. As it is important to bake crust from frozen state, have all of your toppings ready before taking crust out of the freezer. Check before suggested baking time — mine baked in 15 minutes at 450 F. I also tried making the dough using half whole wheat flour with good results.

Guyanese Cheese Rolls Recipe

This is a traditional Guyanese delicacy and appetizer.  It’s relatively easy to make and is a way to bring a bit of Guyana to Saskatoon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup Crisco (vegetable shortening)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp pepper sauce (more if desired)
  • dash of garlic powder
  • dash of black pepper
  • dash of dry parsley flakes
  • egg whites for brushing edges
  • egg wash (1 egg + 1 tbsp water)

Directions

  1. Mix 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp curry powder into two cups all-purpose flour.
  2. Add 1 stick of salted butter and 1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening.
  3. With a pastry cutter, cut shortening and butter into flour until small pieces are formed throughout the dough.  Add about 1/4 cup ice cold water to the dough and knead slightly to form a ball.
  4. Place ball on plastic wrap, flatten and shape into a square.  Refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight.  Remove dough from fridge an hour before use so it can thaw.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shred cheese and mix in mustard, pepper sauce, garlic powder, black pepper, and parsley flakes, toss and set aside.
  6. Cut dough into 16 squares for thinner cheese rolls or 9 squares for thicker cheese rolls.  Flatten one square and roll into a rectangular shape.
  7. Brush edges of dough with egg whites. Fill a tablespoon or two on lower half, roll into center then add more cheese.  Seal edges.
  8. Place all cheese rolls on a baking sheet and brush the tops with egg wash.
  9. Bake for 15-18 minutes until rolls are golden brown.

*If you are nervous about the cheese oozing out of the rolls, you can pierce the tops with a fork to allow the steam to escape while baking.

Boston Pizza Perogy Pizza Recipe

I am kind of indifferent to the poor service we get at Boston Pizza here in Saskatoon but I do like their perogy pizza quite a bit.

It’s not the easiest thing to make at home but worth it and if keeps you from getting bad service and a $100 bill at the end of the night for the family, it’s worth it.

Ingredients

  • Boston Pizza Perogy Pizza Recipe5 Potatoes (peeled and sliced thin)
  • 1 Pizza Crust (homemade or bought)
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (grated)
  • 1 cup Medium Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 8 Bacon Slices (cooked and cut into pieces)
  • 6 TBSP Sour Cream
  • 1 jalapeno (finely diced, no seeds) optional

For Garnish:

  • 3 Green Onions (chopped)
  • Dollop of sour cream for each piece

Directions:

  1. Prepare pizza dough according to instructions or follow your favorite homemade recipe. Lately, I’ve beeng using gluten-free doughs. Taste different, but you get used to it.
  2. Pre-cook the sliced potatoes with spices in a large covered skillet with 2 cups of water. Cook on medium-high heat until potatoes are tender. Remove lid and simmer until liquid is no longer present. Add about 1 teaspoon of cooking oil; toss potatoes so they don’t stick to skillet. Watch carefully, as the potatoes can burn easily. Place cooked potatoes into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix sour cream and diced jalapeno together. This is an optional step since the cayenne pepper should give this pizza recipe the spiciness already. The diced jalapeno gives it a little bit more kick.
  4. Assemble the pizza for baking. First, spread 3 tablespoons of sour cream onto the pizza crust. Then cover with sliced spicy potatoes. Spread the last 3 tablespoons of sour cream on top of potatoes. Spread grated cheddar and mozzarella cheese evenly. Do the same with crumbled bacon bits.
  5. Don’t make the same mistake that I made by assembling the pizza on a baking stone, then having to carefully remove the pizza and setting it aside while preheating the baking stone properly. That took another half hour or so. I’ll know better next time.
  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Before cutting, allow the pizza to sit for about 5 to ten minutes.
  7. Serve each slice of pizza with a dollop of sour cream and some green onions.

Pizza Pot Pie Recipe

The guys love Chicken Pot Pie and this is a different version of that recipe but with pizza.

Pizza Pot Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Serving Size: 6 single serving pies

Pizza Dough

  • 1 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cups Robin Hood all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fully cooked chicken Italian sausage, diced
  • 1 cup finely diced green or red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup pepperoni, cut into quarters (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil for brushing

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and stir to combine. Let sit 5 minutes until it starts to bubble.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Make a small well in the center and pour the water and yeast mixture in the center. Using a fork, whisk together from the center of the well, slowly incorporating more flour from the edges.
  3. When a loose ball forms, transfer to a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Transfer to a bowl coated with olive oil and cover in plastic wrap. Let rise until dough doubles in volume, about 1 ½ hours.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Combine marinara sauce, sausage, bell pepper, onion, pepperoni, oregano, garlic powder, and 1 cup of mozzarella.
  5. Evenly distribute the mixture into 6 ramekins (or an 8×8 bake dish). Sprinkle the reserved mozzarella on top of the filling.
  6. Preheat the oven to 400℉.
  7. Cut the risen dough into equal halves, and reserve one half for a future pizza. Dough will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer. Divide the other half into 6 equal pieces for the pot pies.
  8. Roll out each piece of dough into a 6-7 inch circle. Lightly coat the edges of the ramekin with olive oil and place the dough circle on top, gently pressing around the edges. Cut a small slit in top of each with a knife. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.