CRAZY BREAD with CRAZY SAUCE

CRAZY BREAD with CRAZY SAUCE

Who comes up with these names for recipes anyway? The ‘crazy’ part of this one is apparently a Little Caesars pizza joint thing.  No doubt an attention grabbing marketing ploy. What makes it ‘crazy’?  Could it be how crazy simple it is to make?  Crazy because of minimal  ingredients? Crazy because of how versatile it is? And, after calculating the nutritional information (see recipe card below), I am certain that there is a crazy difference on the ‘better for you’ scale between this simple creation and it’s commercial relative.

It’s garlic bread folks, with dipping sauce. No earth shattering revelations here. But wait till you try it. Delicious pillowy little garlicky bread sticks made with pizza dough. Rich thick sauce simmered to perfection for dipping. I wasn’t expecting raves and praise when serving it recently at a little gathering but that’s what I got…raves and praise…including empty plates, bowls and a need to make it again for you.

It was then that I began focusing on the versatile part. Bread sticks to accompany BARB’S SWEET POTATO SOUP. Or the sauce used to bathe luscious tortellini triangles and bread sticks cut up into croutons to toss with a salad.

If not eaten right away the bread can be reheated gently in the oven or popped in the toaster for a quick crisp up.  The sauce keeps very well for several days in the refrigerator. Both freeze well too,  making it a great way to be prepared for a quick appetizer or parts of which can be used as suggested above. See?  Versatile!

You can use your own pizza recipe or bulk dough from your supermarket or try my GALLEY PIZZA DOUGH that I’ve used and trusted for years (recipe card below has the ingredients for making a half portion, the perfect amount for sixteen little bread sticks). It’s ‘relatively’ child-proof and no matter how much flour little monkeys or Gramma has to keep adding, really good pizzas result.

I’ve been delving into sourdough making lately and used my sourdough pizza dough this time.  Sourdough may be too involved for the focus of my little galley blog. I really haven’t decided yet.  If enough of you would like to know more, please let me know.  I’m really loving this new galley pivot and would be happy to share my experiences so far.  I was warned that it was tricky but aside from pizza dough, I’ve had great success with ciabatta, rustic and multigrain loaves, bagels and a real surprise…the best banana bread I’ve ever made.  But enough about that…

…just simple garlic bread and dipping sauce for today…

Crazy Bread with Crazy Sauce

Pillowy chewy garlicky bread sticks with a thick rich tomato sauce for dipping.
Course Appetizer
Servings 16 Servings
Calories 58kcal
Author www.seasaltgalleykat.com

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Baking tray
  • Pizza cutter or knife

Ingredients

for Crazy Sauce

  • 2 Cups crushed tomatoes or tomato puree pasatta is perfect for this
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Italian seasoning or a mix of oregano, basil, thyme and marjoram
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp dried chilis optional for a spicier version

for Crazy Bread

  • 1/2 Cup room temperature water
  • 1/2 Tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 Tsp olive oil
  • 1 Cup flour more for kneading
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan very finely grated

Instructions

for Crazy Bread

  • In mixing bowl combine yeast, water and olive oil and set aside for 5 minutes until yeast begins to foam.
  • Add flour and salt to yeast mixture and stir to combine well
  • Dump dough onto well flour surface and knead for about five minutes, adding flour as needed, until dough is smooth but still a little tacky.
  • If using the same day, cover and let rest for 3-4 hours. Or refrigerate until ready to use.
  • When ready to make bread sticks. Spread dough out onto a floured surface into a rectangle about 12”x12”.
  • Place dough onto baking sheet and cut in half then each half into eight pieces
  • Bake in pre-heated 400 ° oven for about 12 minutes or until tops are golden brown
  • While bread is baking, add garlic and parsley to melted butter, then when bread is done, brush mixture over each bread stick
  • Sprinkle Parmesan evenly over all. Serve warm.

for Crazy Sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan (chilis optional), bring to a gentle simmer and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and keep warm if using right away or refrigerated until ready to use then genlty reheat.

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Thanks for stopping by today folks.  Be safe.

….peace and love…

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