Monday, October 31, 2016

Garlic sticks

When I was an undergrad, there was this pizzeria called Neil and Otto's a few streets from the college. On long nights of cramming for exams, we used to order garlic sticks from them. They came with nice dipping sauces, and were delicious, greasy, salty, cheesy...and kept away all vampires all night. And the next day as well. The pizzeria has since closed, but I was craving some late-night snacks of the kind, so reproduced the delicacy here.

1 cup flour
0.25 tsp yeast
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pizza spice
2 tsp oregano
3 large cloves garlic
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tbsp butter

Mix the yeast, salt, pizza spice, and flour. Add the water and mix in. Cover and allow to sit overnight.

Cut dough into two equal pieces on a well-floured surface. Roll into balls and stretch into a circle after letting it rest for 10 minutes. Place onto parchment paper pieces.

Preheat oven to 425F with a pizza stone in it.

Melt the butter and mix into it the crushed garlic. Spread it on top of the pizza dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake until golden on top. Allow to cool on a cookie rack. Sprinkle with oregano.

Slice into sticks and serve with ranch sauce and your favorite, sweet cherry tomatoes.

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