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Recreating Pizza Hut breadsticks at home

By Lakshmi:

Each of us has a version of comfort food; food that makes us feel joy and contentment.  For my younger daughter, despite all the variety I cook, there is something innately happyfying to her about eating breadsticks from Pizza Hut.  We don’t have a Pizza Hut close by, but if we ever happen to hit the local Target, grabbing breadsticks from the in-house Pizza Hut is a must.  The joy on her face as she lovingly dunks each stick into the marinara sauce and slowly brings it to her mouth is simply priceless.

Aiming to continue to soar on the “loving mom” front, I scoured for recipes and finally narrowed down my selection to two.  There was much anticipation as I embarked on my first attempt to create a copy.  In went the ingredients into the Kitchen Aid and out came the dough.  The topping with parmesan, garlic, onion and salt smelled just like the original.  But alas – the dough did not rise and the resulting product turned out to be crispy rather than the softer, oil rich original.

I was disappointed, but did not give up.  The following week I was back at work, with the second recipe.  This time around, the dough came up beautifully, the topping was fragrant just like the original and the breadsticks came out beautiful (take a look and let me know what you think).  The taste was very good with one caveat!  It came out less greasy than the original.

 

I’m going to tweak the recipe a few times till I can get to the perfect copy.  But till then, I’m happy that I have a way to provide my daughter a dish she loves “on-demand”.

If you’ve ever created a copy of a restaurant dish you love, or even these breadsticks, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Naked Pizza- A Guiltless Venture for the Taste Buds

Naked Pizza Crust Menu
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By Siddhi: 

Since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the beginning of the year, the search for gluten-free pizza that tastes and feels like the real deal as opposed to just a bland attempt at reproducing its wheat based counterparts has been a tough quest. Throughout spring semester of college in New York, I searched for a pizza experience that would make me forget that I had a gluten allergy because the food so authentic. I ended up eating at a handful of Italian restaurants that had a Celiac-friendly menu. But it was only when I got back home to Princeton to that I discovered that a franchise that had recently exploded on the health food scene made my gluten-free pizza experience worth every penny.

Founded in New Orleans, Naked Pizza now has 450 locations and markets itself on four key health benefits: digestive health, bone health, weight management, and glycemic response. There are no preservatives or additives in any of the food and the doughs made of over ten different grains capitalize on the nutrient value of the multigrain approach. Every pizza has prebiotics and heat-immune probiotics and promise a high-protein and low-fat alternative to the other pizzas on the commercial food market. Basically, all the scientific terminology aside, it’s the healthiest your pizza can get when you’re not making it at home.

You can choose your pie in one of three sizes (10 inch, 12 inch, or 14 inch) and one of three crust types (the original Ancestral blend made of ten grains with tomato and mozzarella, the skinny version of the Ancestral blend, and the gluten-free crust). Once you’ve chosen your base, you can choose your toppings, including a delicious set of farmers market fresh tasting vegetables. There are also several menu choices pre-customized with toppings that you can decide from. The “cheesy breadsixx” side isn’t gluten-free, but the spinach salad is of course a safe option and rings with the flavor of blush wine vinaigrette and incredible bell peppers.

I am fairly health conscious, and Naked has been one of the only pizza manufacturers to date that doesn’t give me the post-meal feeling of carrying a ton of lead around in my stomach. In fact, even after scarfing down half a pie of Naked, I feel totally refreshed and can go for a long bike ride without feeling any the unpleasant after effects of oil or cheese weighing me down.

Eating pizza tends to be a universally glorious experience when you’re really, really craving it. In a society with an ever-escalating emphasis on eating right, it’s truly a gift to be able to take the guilt out of eating pizza and enjoy it as a healthy meal rather than an indulgence.

To learn more about Naked Pizza and find a franchise near you, visit their site here:

www.nakedpizza.biz