No Need to Order Out……..
I’m always on the hunt for good, easy pizza dough. Pizza dough itself isn’t really that hard to make, it can just be time consuming waiting for it to rise. I ran across one that takes only 2 ingredients! There are a bunch of variations, so I added my own little touch as well. I have no idea who to give the credit to for thinking up the combination of the two ingredients, but it was a job well done! I would have never imagined that GREEK YOGURT and FLOUR would make pizza dough!
I was planning on making a basic margarita pizza, then thought maybe chicken and tomatoes, when I landed on something so much simpler. It is cheap, depending on what kind of mozzarella you use, it has a pop of protein in the crust from the Greek yogurt, and it is easy! I don’t have any doubt that a school age kid could make this recipe. It is cheap enough, and easy enough a college student could pass it off for takeout. And it is perfect for anyone who is short on time, has limited cooking skills, and it fits any budget!
At first when I mixed everything together I didn’t think that it was going to work because it was super sticky. So, I kept flouring the surface, turning the dough over and kneading it, until it was workable. (Maybe about an extra 1/16 of a cup of flour may have been used.) I didn’t feel like getting out the rolling pin so I just used my fingers to flatten, and stretch it out. I may love to cook, but I don’t like to be in the kitchen for hours on one project, so I welcome any and all shortcuts. It puffed and browned beautifully in 20 minutes. (It may take 15 depending on the oven)
When I pulled it out, it just didn’t scream pizza at me. So, I grabbed a stick of light butter out of the fridge and just rubbed the end across the crust, I probably didn’t use any more than ¼ teaspoon, then I sprinkled it with garlic powder, and a scant pinch of salt. I quickly grated some mozzarella cheese to throw on top along with some Italian seasoning, and dried basil. As it was cooking, I knew by the smell, that I had chosen wisely to go in the direction of cheese sticks. Right after it started bubbling I turned the broiler on for about 60 seconds just to give it a nice golden brown color.
I’m glad I trusted my instincts. These cheese sticks were better than any take out, or homemade, I have had… bar none! So, put down the menu, don’t worry about digging up discounts, reach in your fridge and pantry and whip up a quick batch of cheese sticks from ingredients you already have. They will be done, and on the table, before delivery would have even made it to your door.
The Easiest Cheese Sticks on Earth
By Angie Gouchenour
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of All Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/16 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of Truvia (Or you can use regular sugar)
¼ teaspoon of lite butter
Sprinkle of garlic
Pinch of Salt
2 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle of Italian seasoning and dried basil
Preheat oven to 450
Combine yogurt, flour, baking powder, salt, and Truvia together in a bowl
Dump onto floured surface and knead until dough is no longer sticky, keep adding flour as needed
Using your fingers spread dough out on a nonstick cookie sheet (I used nonstick foil) Poke several holes in the dough using a fork
Cook for 15-20 minutes until puffy and golden brown.
Remove from the oven and spread butter over the top, from edge to edge (I just unwrapped one end of the butter and used it like a glue stick)
Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt
Spread mozzarella cheese over the top, along with Italian seasoning and dried basil
Pop back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted, turning the broiler on for the last 60 seconds to brown the cheese
Remove and let sit for a couple of minutes before cutting
I felt it could stand alone, but it would be great with some marinara or pizza sauce
227 calories each