I grew up in New Jersey, which means the garlic knots from the local pizzeria were just as important as the pizzas. These twisty breadsticks are an ode to those garlicky treats. Made with a tube of Walmart’s Great Value Pizza Crust, this is a super-simple recipe to serve alongside soup or salad at dinnertime, or pair with jarred marinara for a fun after-school snack or party appetizer. Roll out the dough into logs, give ‘em a quick twist, then brush with a buttery garlic mixture and sprinkle with grated parmesan—it’s that easy.
Of course, this is just one trick to have up your sleeve when it comes to pre-made pizza crust, an affordable and endlessly versatile ingredient. If you want to go full-on pizzeria, you could tie the dough into knots instead of twisting them in Step 2, but that’s only the beginning. For a slightly fancier cocktail party app, skip the butter mixture, brush the sliced breadsticks with beaten egg, then sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning, dried parsley or oregano, or even just salt and pepper—follow the baking instructions below, then serve them on a cheese board alongside your favorite wheels and wedges. And when you’re in the mood for something cozier, make DIY cheese bread: Cut the dough in half horizontally as directed in Step 2, place on a sheet pan, then sprinkle with garlic and onion powders, plus a thick layer of low-moisture mozzarella cheese and bake until bubbling. —Rebecca Firkser
Test Kitchen Notes
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- Prep time 10 minutes
- Cook time 5 minutes
- makes 24 breadsticks
(13.8-ounce) tube refrigerated pizza crust
(1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
extra-virgin olive oil
cloves garlic, grated; or 1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder
dried oregano or parsley
freshly ground black pepper
grated parmesan (optional)
Store-bought marinara sauce, warmed (for serving)
- Heat the oven to 400ºF with racks on the upper and lower third of the oven. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
- Unroll the pizza dough and stretch it into a 12x9-inch rectangle. Use a knife or bench scraper to cut the dough in half horizontally, then into 24 1-inch-thick strips. Twist each strip a few times, then place on the prepared sheet pans.
- In a small bowl, mix the butter, oil, garlic (or garlic powder), oregano, salt, and black pepper. Use a pastry brush to coat each breadstick in a layer of the butter mixture. Sprinkle each breadstick with parmesan if using.
- Bake the breadsticks until deeply golden and fragrant, rotating the position of the sheet pans halfway through, 10 to 15 minutes total. Remove from the oven and gently brush each breadstick with more of the remaining butter mixture. Serve warm, with marinara sauce for dipping.