BACON WRAPPED BREADSTICKS
(These are the most often requested party food I have ever made!)
I typically make at least two per person expected and they usually don’t last, if you made 10 per person they probably will still be gone before you can blink!
- Stella Dorra Breadsticks (Sesame, Garlic or Plain)
- 1 pound regular sliced bacon* at room temperature
- 1 shaker container Grated Parmesean & Romano Cheese
- Garlic Powder (about a teaspoon)
- Onion Powder (about a 1/2 teaspoon)
- Itailan Seasoning (about two tablespoons)**
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Use a cookie sheet or broiler pan with a rack, line the pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray.
Each pound of bacon will yeild 16 breadsticks. Usually one pound will wrap one package of breadsticks. Try to choose your breadsticks carefully, because they are the crispy ones they may have broken sticks, you need whole sticks, so checking the contents before you buy will yield more usuable sticks.
In a large bowl Mix Cheese, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Pepper, and Italian seasonings together, return to shaker container. (I use an empty Parmesan shaker container.)
I usually pull a slice of bacon off and massage it a little to thin it and stretch it carefully so as not to seperate it. Start at the end of the breadstick and wrap bacon all the way around the breadstick so it covers the entire breadstick end to end. Lay perpendicular on the wire rack (if you lay parallel, the breadsticks will fall through when cooking). Leave a small amount of space between breadsticks so they will not stick together when cooking. Shake cheese mixture evenly over top of breadsticks. Bake at 375 until bacon is done (typically around 20-30 minutes). Remove from oven and shake more cheese mixture on hot breadsticks. Let stand 5 minutes before moving. Serve warm or cold. These don’t microwave well, but you can reheat them in the oven if you wish. They also make great doggie treats if you have any leftoevers. They do not microwave well (the breadsticks get mushy) but you can put them on a rack and reheat them at 375 degrees for 5 minutes and they come out pretty good.
*I buy the cheapest store brand bacon you don’t need the good stuff for this recipe. I’ve tried this with proscutto and they do not come out well, there is not enough fat in the prosciutto and it doesn’t stick to the breadsticks.
**If you don’t have Italian seasonings, you can make enough for this recipe by doing the following:
- 2 teaspoons Basil
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
- 1 teaspoon Cilantro
Note: If you want to add a little zing, you can add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the cheese mixture.
I also save any extra cheese mixture in the refrigerator. It is wonderful to sprinkle on garlic bread or on speghetti.