Pizza-stuffed breadsticks from refrigerated pizza dough? Yes, please. Easy to make in your air fryer (or oven) and super kid-friendly, your family is going to do hand-stands for these cheesy breadsticks.
Spread pizza dough out on clean, dry surface that is very lightly dusted with a bit of flour.Unroll the dough, rolling it out a bit with your rolling pin, then cut the dough in half lengthwise. Cut each dough half into 5 rectangles.
On each rectangle of dough, overlap 4 pepperoni slices in a row, then top the pepperoni with a mozzarella cheese stick.
Starting on the long side, roll the pizza dough over the pepperoni and cheese stick, pinching the seams together on the bottom, including folding each end of the dough over, making sure to pinch the dough closed to seal it. (Otherwise as your cheese melts inside, it can escape onto your baking sheet.
Melt the butter, stirring in the garlic powder and dried parsley. Brush the tops of each pizza stick with the melted butter mixture.
Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Bake the bread sticks on the rack, for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. (Spread the breadsticks out so they aren't touching each other. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to bake the breadsticks in batches.)
Serve with a side of warm marinara or pizza sauce for dipping!
You can use any type of cheese stick for making these breadsticks. If you use a cheddar cheese stick or a colby jack cheese stick, you could dip the bread stick in salsa instead of marinara.Any type of refrigerated dough (homemade or store purchased) can be use for making these pizza-stuffed breadsticks.After you assemble these breadsticks, you can pop them into the freezer on a sheet pan. Once they are frozen solid, place the breadsticks into a gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. Doing it this way allows you to pulled out as many or as few breadsticks at a time to bake fresh.Bake the breadsticks while they are still frozen, don’t thaw them first. To bake from frozen, place the breadsticks onto a greased baking sheet and bake them in a preheated 325 degree F. oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.As for dipping sauces, we love warm pizza sauce for dipping, along with ranch dressing. Or sometimes, I combine a bit of bbq sauce with the ranch dressing for another type of dipping sauce, just to switch things up a bit.To bake these pizza breadsticks in the oven instead of your air fryer, simply place them onto a greased baking sheet and into the oven on the center rack, uncovered; bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.A heavy-duty (or commercial grade) sheet pan is key for promoting even browning when making sheet pans meals. Good browning of all the ingredients is what really contributes to deeper, richer flavors in anything we cook. A heavy-duty sheet pan is worth the investment.
Course: Main Course, Snacks
Keyword: air fryer breaksticks, cheesy breadsticks, oven breadsticks