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Cheesy breadsticks with a subtle delicious brown butter and sage flavoring. Easy breadsticks to make using frozen real yeast roll dough.
Brown Butter and Sage Breadsticks
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It’s summer time which means salad for every meal! Haha! Except that’s sometimes not enough for this girl. I need my carbs!!!
You guys these breadsticks served alongside a salad is pretty much the most magnificent meal ever ever ever!
And you know what? They’re crazy easy! Here’s why:
- Dough: The dough is a good one, but I don’t have to make it! Woot, woot! I use Rhodes Bake N Serv Frozen Dinner Rolls.
- Brown Butter: The butter is browned in the microwave! Easy to do and hard to mess-up. The sage is added to the butter and crisped to perfection.
- Minimal work, maximum flavor!
As a child, my mom used frozen dinner rolls to make breadsticks. This was a favorite because she’d let us children roll the balls to size.
Then Mom would brush them with butter, sprinkle them with parmesan cheese and bake the breadsticks. They were always delicious, and being a part of the cooking process was special.
To roll them to size, you just hold the dough ball between your hands and then rub your hands back and forth up as it elongates. Once you reach the breadstick length you want, then keep rolling for another half inch because the breadsticks will shrink in length, but will grow fatter as they rest and rise a bit more.
Whipped Cream on Breadsticks
I mentioned my mother used to brush them down with butter. However I do not do the same. Instead I use heavy whipping cream that has been whipped to soft peaks.
Brushing the breadsticks down with whipped cream is wonderful for a myriad of reasons:
- less greasy breadsticks
- the breadsticks get a crisper but lighter crust
- seasonings and cheeses stick better
- more depth of flavor
I learned this at a favorite restaurant in LA. I’m sure there are even more reasons for why they do it, but those listed above are the ones I have found for it.
Cheeses to use on Breadsticks
Depending on whether you want these breadsticks to be more traditional or more of a cheesy bread, will determine how much cheese you should use.
If eating my breadsticks with a side of salad: I use a lot of cheese.
If eating my salad with a side of breadsticks: I go light on the cheese.
Sometimes it is fun to mix up which cheese you are using. The recipe calls for mozzarella and shredded parmesan. However some of my other favorite cheese options include:
- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Pecorino Romano
Then Drizzle those babies with the sage infused brown butter, and you’re golden!
Microwave Brown Butter
Brown butter is delicious with it’s deep nutty flavors. However, it’s also intimidating to make. Cook it too short a time and it’s not brown butter. For a smelly kitchen and burnt butter, cook it too long.
For the longest time I didn’t make it for fear of failure. It changed my life for the better when I learned it can be cooked easily in the microwave.
In these breadsticks we throw the sage in with the brown butter and the leaves infuse the butter with their flavor while also becoming bits of crispy deliciousness.
Enough talk, let’s eat!!!
- 12 frozen Rhodes Bake N Serv Frozen Dinner Rolls
- Garlic Salt
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4-1/2 cup low moist Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 3 TBS Butter
- 3 leaves Sage
- Follow package directions to let rolls defrost and proof.
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a microwave safe dish, place butter and sage, and cover with a microwave safe saucer or plate. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. The butter will melt, then start to pop, and begin to brown during this period.
- (Don't be shy with your butter baby! You want it to be a deep brown in color and letting off a delicious nutty aroma).
- Remove sage leaves from butter (and eat them!)
- Stir butter occasionally as it cools and you prep the remaining part of the breadsticks.
- Roll the roll dough between your hands until you stretch/roll it to long snake-like dough logs about 6" in length
- Place them in greased cookie sheet or casserole dish and lightly season with garlic salt.
- Whip heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.
- Brush roll doughs with whipped cream.
- Sprinkle the dough Breadsticks with the cheeses.
- Drizzle with sage butter.
- Bake at 350 on lower racks of oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.