While my sister was still pregnant with my now almost 1-1/2-year-old niece, I noticed my shopping habits change.
I was constantly picking up this cute outfit or that cool toy even before our beautiful Emi graced us with her presence.
My only problem has been patience, as I always seem to find toys or outfits that she’s not quite ready for yet.
The other day, it was a child’s apron and baker’s hat. It was adorable, and I nearly shoved it into my cart before I thought through the fact that (1) this outfit was clearly made for someone more the size of a five-year-old and (2) my niece, while smart and sassy, is just now completely conquering solid foods and probably isn’t quite ready to help prepare them with me yet.
That being said, I have, on occasion, gotten to cook with kids over the years, and it’s always fun to watch them learn a life skill and enjoy their creations afterwards.
The recipe I found this week on the blog “I Wash, You Dry” is one I’ll be setting aside for Emi and I to try out when she’s a little older. It’s so simple there isn’t much to adjust, but I decided to change up the spices a bit. You can find the original post at https://iwashyoudry.com/cheesy-pepperoni-pizza-sticks/.
Cheesy Pizza Sticks
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 40 slices pepperoni I used turkey pepperoni
- 10 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine melted
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with tinfoil and spraying it with cooking spray.
- Unroll the pizza dough onto the baking sheet (don’t worry about trying to roll it out thinner at this point, just get it flat).
- Cut the dough into 10 equal rectangles.
- Place four pepperoni slices and one cheese stick on each rectangle, and then pinch the dough to seal it around the cheese and meat.
- Lay the pizza sticks, seam side down, about an inch apart on the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and the oregano, basil, parsley and garlic powder.
- Brush it onto each pizza stick. (I used a spoon to get the remaining goodies out of the bottom of the bowl and spread them out, too.)
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the dough is golden brown on top.
- Let the pizza sticks rest for at least 10 minutes before digging in.
I didn’t have a kiddo to share these with, but the adults who sampled them deemed them a success. They’d be great with some marinara dipping sauce, too.
They did have quite a bit of cheese spill out of them, which was OK in my book, since I love some slightly browned, melted cheese, but that also made me very glad I used aluminum foil to make clean up a breeze.
As summer is approaching and some of you are looking for good recipes to try out with the kids in your lives, I’d recommend this one.
And if you need a good lead on a kid-sized apron, let me know. I’ve got you covered.
This piece first appeared in print on April 11, 2019.
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