Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In the Kitchen: Easy Fiesta Breadsticks

Welcome to a new series for 2009 all about the one thing I love more than making jewelry – eating! Well... and cooking, but mostly eating. Every other Tuesday, opposite my featured artists, I will feature a new recipe with how-to photos or fun kitchen related finds. You can easily access these posts anytime with the links under In the Kitchen Series in the right sidebar.

This week, easy Fiesta Breadsticks - they're a yummy appetizer & snack or perfect with any spicy dish.

Prep time: 5 min  |  Cook time: 11 min |  Makes 4 breadsticks

What you'll need:
• 1 package refrigerated crescent rolls
• taco seasoning
• shredded monterey jack cheese

On a small cookie sheet, unroll the crescent roll dough, keeping two wedges together as shown above. You will get 4 breadsticks from a standard package of 8 rolls. You may need to flatten or reshape the sections after unrolling. Also make sure the two wedges are connected well, you don't want any gaps. You can overlap the two wedges a little and press them together along the seam if needed. 

Sprinkle with the desired amount of taco seasoning.

Next, add the shredded cheese down the center. I prefer monterey jack but these would be equally delicious with other types of cheeses as well. I like a good amount of cheese but if you use too much they are hard to close and break open when cooking. 

Fold each side of the dough up and press the seam closed. Be sure to also press the top and bottom closed or the cheese will leak out. Sprinkle a bit more taco seasoning on top.

Bake at 375° for 11 min. or until the dough begins to brown.

Serve warm and enjoy! These breadsticks have quickly become a favorite in my house. I always serve them with my Santa Fe Chicken, which I will feature next time on February 3. Be sure to stop back!