I have a particular recipe that I created myself and my friend’s know me for it…mashed potato bread sticks. Every time I describe this dish to people, it sounds very complicated and I usually give up trying to explain and just make invite them over and make the bread sticks. Recently, I decided to get a little creative in the kitchen and see if I could make the recipe a little more simplistic so that I could share the recipe. I took many pictures during the process so that people could easily follow the directions. In the process of working through a simpler form of the recipe, I actually made two different versions: mashed potato bread sticks and mashed potato crescent rolls.
Step 1: Make Mashed Potatoes
Don’t you just love my fuzzy slippers? 🙂 You can either use instant mashed potatoes or you make homemade mashed potatoes. I prefer the homemade type myself, but either one can be used in this recipe. When we taste tested all the version of bread that I made, the homemade mashed potatoes were the favorite among the two. Once you mix up your potatoes with butter and milk the way you like, you need to add:
1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Cup of Crumbled Bacon
1/4 Cup of Snipped Fresh Chives
1/2 Cup of Sour Cream
Set the mashed potatoes aside.
Step 2: Roll Out the Dough and Fill With Mashed Potatoes
If you are making the bread sticks, you will need to roll out your dough and cut each strip in about 1 1/2 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches long. It isn’t really an exact science, but you do need a wide and long enough piece of dough to hold the potatoes. You can use canned pizza dough, or you can make your own pizza dough for this step. My personal preference is homemade dough, but it is much more difficult to work with than the store bought type.
Once you put the mashed potatoes in the bread stick dough, you will need to pull the dough apart and then pinch it together.
You will do this the length of the bread stick until it is sealed all the way down. Place the bread sticks seem side down on the baking pan.
If you are making the mashed potato crescent rolls, then you will need to break apart each section and fill the end of the roll with mashed potatoes.
The crescent rolls are much easier to make since all you need to do is roll them up like you normally would to make crescent rolls.
Yay for pajama pants! 🙂 When you are rolling them up, take the wider part of the dough and make sure you cover all of the potatoes before you roll it completely. Otherwise, the potatoes will come out during the baking process.
Step 3: Brush With Butter
This Saute’ Express by Land o Lake’s is what I call my secret weapon when making these bread sticks or crescent rolls. I melt on of these packs with 1 tablespoon of butter and brush it on as many bread sticks as I can. If I need to melt more then I go from there. If you are unable to find this butter, you can also melt butter and add a bit of garlic and salt to it to brush across the tops.
Step 4: Bake in the Oven
Bake the bread sticks in the oven according to the instructions on the can of dough you purchased. If you are making them from scratch and using homemade dough, you can bake them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. I have found that these bread sticks can be made ahead of time and then put back in the oven for an additional 8 minutes to be re-heated.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe and good luck to you on making this amazing dish.