Introduction: Just for Kicks...Pepperoni Sticks!

This is my first attempt at an instructable, as well as my first contest entry. I hope you'll give this recipe a try, it's worth it for the marinara alone!

Step 1: Ingredients

Marinara Dipping Sauce
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 1/4 teaspoon italian seasoning
2 tablespoons diced onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar


Pizza
2 bags premade pizza dough
2 to 4 cups vegetable oil for frying
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan/romano cheese
1 1/4 teaspoons italian seasoning
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 ounces pepperoni, diced

Yields 40 to 50 pepperoni sticks depending on how thin you roll the dough.

Step 2: Preparations (Marinara Dipping Sauce)

Prepare the dipping sauce by combining all of the marinara ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan and bringing the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium/low, cover, and simmer the sauce for 1/2 hour. (The sauce can be made ahead and kept, refrigerated, for several days.)

Step 3: Preparations (Pizza)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Lightly flour your cutting board and roll the dough out into a rectangle with you rolling pin. You should shoot for around 15" x 10" for each ball of dough. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, trim off the excess, and neaten up the edges and corners. Slice the dough down the middle from top to bottom, dividing it into 2 equal-sized halves. Slice the dough across into 1 1/2-inch-wide pieces. You should have somewhere between 20 and 25 slices.

Place the slices onto a greased cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart and bake for 3 minutes. You may have to use more than one cookie sheet. This step is important, as it will stiffen the dough and keep it from stretching when you get to the next stage, frying.
The dough will stretch a bit during the transition from your cutting board to the greased cookie sheet. Go slowly and you won't end up with any severely warped pieces.

Step 4: Frying the Dough

Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan to 350 degrees F. The oil should be at least 1 inch deep.
Fry the pizza sticks 5 to 6 at a time for about 1 minute per side or until they are a dark golden brown. Remove them from the oil onto paper towels to drain.
When all the pizza sticks are fried, arrange them once again on the cookie sheets. You can make cleanup easier if you line the cookie sheets with aluminum foil (I made a mess).

Step 5: Finishing Up

Preheat the broiler. I set mine on high.
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese first, and then the grated parmesan/romano cheese evenly over the dough.
Sprinkle the italian seasoning and garlic salt over the cheese and the diced pepperoni over the top of that.
Broil the pizza sticks for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Keep a constant eye on them, they can burn quickly under the heat of the broiler. Remove them from the oven and serve them hot with the dipping sauce.

You can also refrigerate  the finished pizza sticks and heat them up for later. Warmed up in the oven at 250F, or a toaster oven. Microwaving is not recommended if you want them to stay crispy. They're still quite edible if you do.

Please give this recipe a try with your own toppings. The fried sticks make it easier to add toppings such as chopped mushrooms, or other ingredients with higher moisture content without getting soggy. The possibilities are endless and guaranteed delicious. I hope you enjoy them and make enough for your friends to share.

I made about 100 of these to bring to my friends Super Bowl party, and there were 3 left by halftime. I wish the Patriots had the same success as I did with these, but there's always next year right?

Comments

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GRUBDUDE made it! (author)2016-10-13

I tell ya what - there's something about long rectangle pizza ANYTHING that will always make me hungry.

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Josh Galambos made it! (author)2012-02-09

This Is a Really Good Idea Thanks For Making the idea so I can Do It

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scoochmaroo made it! (author)2012-02-06

Fried = win. I think that's what takes this over the top for me!

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eskape_velocity made it! (author)eskape_velocity2012-02-07

The oven prep before frying is great, it takes out the extra moisture so they don't splatter going into the oil. The oil also adds a nice texture and flavor to the finished
pizza sticks. Give them a try, bet you'll love em!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2012-02-06

That sounds so delicious! It is making me so hungry!

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eskape_velocity made it! (author)eskape_velocity2012-02-07

Thank you, they're verryyy good, might have to make more soon!

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Chimex14 made it! (author)2012-02-07

sounds great.
Imma have to try it out.
The only reason i clicked though was because i saw the patriots cup ^_^

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eskape_velocity made it! (author)eskape_velocity2012-02-07

It's a great cup,not as good as a super bowl, but hey...

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Muniosi made it! (author)2012-02-07

Dang this sounds good. I may try making pizza this way using my own recipe for the dough. Or maybe I'll just make these. They both sound tantalizing.

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eskape_velocity made it! (author)eskape_velocity2012-02-07

I usually make my own dough, but was in a rush. The pre-made stuff pales in comparison to made fresh. Give it a try and let me know if you like it. Thanks for the comment, and for stopping by.

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