These Parmesan twisted breadsticks are so good!! They are light, fluffy, cheesy, and garlicky! I love the bits of melted Parmesan cheese inside and the salty, buttery garlic flavor.
I also love the fancy twisted presentation. These breadsticks will dress up a simple dinner nicely. When I make them, they're everyone's favorite!
And, since I make the dough in my bread machine, it's not too time-consuming for me to make these breadsticks. (Bread machine directions are included in my recipe, as well as making by hand.)
I buy shredded (NOT grated) Parmesan cheese in bulk at Costco for special treats like these breadsticks. Real shredded Parmesan cheese is one of my favorite "food luxuries"!
When I buy a big bag of Parmesan cheese, I re-package it into sandwich-size Ziplock bags. Then, I put the small bags into a large Ziplock freezer bag and freeze them. (Double-bagging like that keeps the cheese nice and fresh!) The small bag thaws quickly when I pull it out to use.
Freezing in smaller portions is one of the ways I'm able to shop in bulk for nearly everything, yet still keep a variety of ingredients on hand and minimize food waste. :)
I had planned to make meatballs for the spaghetti, since meatballs are one of Joshua's favorites and I rarely make them -- but time ran short (oops -- I mean, I was running late on dinner as usual!) and I just fried and seasoned the meat and added sauce. I cooked frozen green beans and we had our "three things" dinner -- spaghetti, breadsticks, and green beans! It was perfect.
I cooked the meat and sauce in my cast iron skillet. I've been remembering to use it more often since it's supposed to help boost iron levels in foods, and my midwife gave me the "get more iron" talk last week. ;) The simmering tomato-based sauce tasted a little "irony" to Joshua, but I didn't notice a taste difference. But, I don't trust my taste buds too much these days since my nose is constantly stuffy (pregnancy-related). :)
Anyway, the bread sticks. Make them! They're amazing. :)