We all most-likely fall into one of two groups today -
1. Stocked up with weeks worth of groceries
2. Getting by with the essentials, taking it day by day
Sooooo...I've chosen a delicious yet simple 3-ingredient recipe with the hopes that most of us will have what's needed to pull it together.
3-Ingredient Beer Bread Sticks -
Just what the doctor ordered for this St. Patty's Day (because not every recipe has to be grand-slam healthy).
Great for dipping - think cheese sauce, hummus, guacamole...really anything. Also pretty delicious all by themselves, crunchy on the outside but soft inside. This is total comfort food! AND, you can even use it as a pizza dough.
All you need:
3 cups of self-rising flour
12 ounces of beer (your choice, but if you have Guinness - today's the day!)
1/3 cup of butter, melted
If you don’t have self-rising flour, substitute it for 3 cups of all purpose flour plus 1 tbsp baking powder and 1 tsp of salt.
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
2. Grease a large baking sheet.
3. Put the flour, beer and 4 tbsp of the butter into a large bowl and mix well.
4. Pour onto the greased pan and spread out with slightly damp hands into a (roughly) 12 by 9 inch rectangle.
5. Bake for 40 minutes until dark golden brown.
6. Brush with the remaining butter.
7. Cut into 12-16 sticks and serve warm.
I took the recommendation from topwithcinnamon.com's blog and sprinkled mine with kosher salt because, much like her, I'm a salt fiend.
If you really like salt, substitute salted butter. OR for a garlicky kick, add 1 clove of minced garlic to the melted butter. Brush the bread and then stick it back in the oven for 5 minutes.
Top With Cinnamon also recommends making them cheesey by adding 1/2 cup of grated parmesan, Gruyère or cheddar cheese to the dough.
If you're looking for a sweet treat,add 1/4 cup of sugar to the dough, then once baked and brushed with melted butter, sprinkle on a mixture of 1/4 cup of sugar + 4 tsp of cinnamon.
The options go on and on...
Use it as a pizza dough! – it’ll make around 1 large or two medium bases. Prepare as usual, but spread into a thinner rectangle or circle on the greased baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Add sauce and toppings and bake again for however long you need, normally 15 minutes.
My (now not-so-secret) go-to recipe for Pizza Sauce (and it's SO much better than store bought) is:
1 can of crushed tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and simmered with
2-3 cloves of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of (fresh if you have it) chopped basil
1 tablespoon of dry oregano
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
I generally let this simmer for 30 minutes or more so that it reduces just a bit. If you like a thicker sauce, just add a couple tbsp of tomato paste.
Great on pizza or as a dipping sauce.
It's a crowd pleaser.
We, of course, throw our pizza on the REC TEC for 15 minutes. Whatever you do, have fun with it!