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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.


  • 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


  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.

Pizza Sticks Recipes (Applebee’s)


Marinara Dipping Sauce

  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Parmesan Pizza Sticks

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 10-ounce tube instant pizza dough
  • 2 to 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 3/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Optional (for the “Loaded”)

  • 3 ounces pepperoni, diced
  • 3 ounces Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the dipping sauce by combining all of the marinara ingredients in a small, uncovered saucepan, and bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer the sauce for 1/2 hour. (The sauce can be made ahead and kept refrigerated for several days.)
  3. Prepare the pizza sticks by first proofing the dough. Unroll the dough onto a cutting board and straighten the edges. It should form a rectangle that is longer from the left to the right than top to bottom. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice through the middle of the dough lengthwise. This will divide the rectangle into two thinner rectangles that will measure 4 to 5 inches from the top to bottom.
  4. Slice the dough from top to bottom into 1 1/2-inch wide pieces. You should have somewhere between 20 and 24 dough slices.
  5. Place the slices onto a greased cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart and bake for 3 minutes. You may have to use more than one cookie sheet. This will proof the dough so that it becomes stiff.
  6. Heat vegetable oil in frying pan or deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Oil should be at least 1/2 inch deep if using a stovetop pan. You will want to use more oil with a deep fryer.
  7. Fry pizza sticks 5 to 6 at a time for about 1 minute per side or until they are a dark golden brown. Remove them from the oil onto a cloth or paper towel to drain.
  8. When all the pizza dough sticks are fried, arrange them once again on the cookie sheet(s). You may want to line the cookie sheets with foil to make cleanup easier. Preheat the broiler.
  9. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the dough.
  10. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the mozzarella.
  11. Combine the oregano, basil, caraway seeds, and garlic salt in a small bowl. If your oregano and basil are fairly coarse you can use your thumb and first finger to crunch the spice up a little, making it a finer blend.
  12. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the cheese.
  13. If you want to make the “loaded” variety, sprinkle the pepperoni and sausage over the top of the pizza sticks.
  14. Broil the pizza sticks for two minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot with dipping sauce of the side.

Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer.

Baked Spaghetti Casserole Recipe

This is easy to prepare in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to bake.  It can also be frozen unbaked and partially thawed overnight in the refrigerator before baking.


  • 1 pound spaghetti or angel hair pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 cups prepared pasta sauce (use your favorite bottled variety or prepare your own)
  • 2 cups creamed cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese


  1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta until slightly underdone. Drain and rinse. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon olive oil and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook until meat is browned. (Use a potato masher to break up the lumps of meat while sautéing.) Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté another minute. Stir in the pasta sauce.
  3. Spray 9″ x 13″ deep-dish casserole with cooking spray.
  4. Cover bottom with a layer of meat sauce (about half).
  5. Spread cottage cheese over sauce.
  6. Add the pasta and spread evenly in pan.
  7. Spoon remaining sauce over entire dish.
  8. Sprinkle surface with Parmesan cheese and top with mozzarella
  9. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. 
  10. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted  and bubbly.