Located in the dairy section of the grocery store lurks a menace to anyone on a diet, no, I’m not talking about rice pudding or some exotic high calorie dessert item. No, I’m talking about Pillsbury Italian Breadsticks. Ready to serve up in about ten minutes, fresh from your oven, they are a great break from the ordinary hot rolls or sliced bread. They are hearty enough that you can dip them in sauce yet light enough that there’s plenty of room for the rest of the meal. I came across them when my local grocery store had them in the ‘super clearance’ section; at .50 cents a box it was beyond just a ‘great deal’, it was a complete steal. The brood like these to snack on and heating instructions are so simple that even Jessica Simpson could make them.
Pillsbury Italian BreadsticksParmesan With Garlic
For a refrigerated boxed breadstick, these aren’t bad at all. The spread that comes with it is in a small plastic cup with a rip off lid and to get the best spread from it, pop it in the microwave for about ten seconds other wise it is hard to get an even coating of it on the unbaked sticks. Each 10.6 ounce package of Pillsbury Italian Breadsticks contains ten breadsticks and one package of spread. The amount of the parmesan and garlic spread is generous but if you want some extra flavor from it, sprinkle on a little bit of granulated garlic and additional cheese. For a quick clean up, line the baking pan with some aluminum foil first, this will catch any of the spread that comes off them as well as any extras you toss on top. About the hardest thing to do is to get the dough can open, you have to peel apart the side of the canister until it pops. The dough is rolled pretty tightly into the can so you have to peel the two layers apart. There’s no simple way to do this and some of them will get a little stretched out of shape but that’s fine.
I prefer to bake these in a deep pan after I’ve put the aluminum foil in it. I usually make two boxes at a time and can fit eighteen bread sticks into it. That means that there are two lone raw breadsticks, sadly, these get tossed in the trash. At one point in time I started to save them and wrap them up in plastic wrap but all that happened with that was five or six rather disgusting lumps of raw dough sitting on the shelf in the refrigerator. I learned from trial and error that it’s just easier to toss them out and have a little guilt for wasting food than to try and bake them at a later date. You should preheat your oven to 375 degrees (350 if you are baking on a dark cookie sheet); the suggested bake time for the Pillsbury Italian Breadsticks is 10 to 14 minutes but that’s just a suggestion. I like mine a little on the dark side so I bake them for about ten minutes then toss them in the broiler for a minute or two until the tops are a little on the dark side. Since I bake them in a deep pan they are pretty much smashed into each other so they tend to not spread out or get dry around the sides.
These values are per two breadsticks and with the spread that comes with it. If you add anything to it, it may increase the amount of carbs, fat or calories you are consuming. As far as allergy warnings, Pillsbury states that this contains milk and wheat products.
Serving: 2 breadsticks
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 24 grams
Sugar: 3 grams
Fiber: less than 1 gram
Sodium: 540 milligrams
• The boxes have a ten cent cut out coupon for the Boxtops For Education program. Clip these out and send them to school with your child so that the school can buy supplies. They’ll pay up to $20,000.00 a year for schools that sign up for this program and they can use them on a wide variety of things including internet access, computer packages and art supplies. To get more information on this please visit www.boxtops4education.com.
• Be sure to check the side panel of the package for the expiration date. Some grocery stores don’t rotate their stock the way that they should and you never know when you are going to end up with something that is well past its expiration date. As I said, the ones that I got were in the super sale section reserved for foods that are about to expire but these had more than a month left on them so I spent about a third of what they normally cost.
The Pillsbury Italian Breadsticks are really nice to have around if you want a late night snack or you are running low on bread. Most of the time they have at least a three to four month shelf life so you can have a couple boxes in the refrigerator when you need them. These have a suggested retail price of $1.49 to $1.89 depending on the type of store you are shopping at. Someone said that places like Cosco and Sam’s Club have these in larger packages but I’ve yet to see them. To me this is a great tasting product that serves as a great substitute to regular bread choices. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, can be made in as little as ten minutes and are available at almost every grocery store.