Parmesan Pesto Twists

Parmesan Pesto Twists – Simple twisted breadsticks layered with delicious basil pesto and shredded parmesan.

Today started out in turmoil as I went to go make lemon sweet rolls, something I had been eager to make since I had gone to the grocery store on Sunday and had gotten the ingredients for…. or so I thought.  Turns out, I lack any normal, white granulated sugar.  Instead of just hopping in the car to get some like most people would, I sat there and contemplated a backup plan and something else to make as I had already set aside the time to make something and the oven was already preheating.  I had been planning on making these pesto twists for a few days, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet so they got moved to center stage and boy, were these good! I had them with a bowl of three cheese tortellini, topped with a fire-roasted marinara sauce and it was the perfect meal! It had been way too long since I had had a good bowl of pasta (okay, well, a week but I live on pasta so that is a long time).

Parmesan Pesto Twists

Ingredients

  • 1 can pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pesto (I used premade but homemade would be perfect too!)
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Open can of pizza dough and spread out.
  3. Spread pesto evenly on the pizza dough before sprinkling the parmesan on the dough, leaving a bit to sprinkle on top of the twists before baking.
  4. Twist the breadstick a few times before placing on baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese on top of twists before placing them in the oven.
  6. Bake 20-22 minutes or until a light, golden brown.
  7. Take out of oven and let cool before serving, enjoy!

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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce – Sweet and tangy cranberry sauce with fresh apples and cider.  Perfect for the holidays!

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Cranberry sauce is my favorite part of Thanksgiving.  Although I love the bread rolls too, nothing tops cranberry sauce.  Usually we just have the stuff straight out of the can but I decided to try making it myself this year and it turned out fantastic! The addition of apple cider and apples worked so well with the tart cranberries.

In addition to making this cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, I made a wonderful gingerbread dip too.  Coming to the blog soon!

It was great getting to get downstate for a few days for the holidays! On the way down we stopped for pastries and I went a tad bit crazy, getting not just one, but two donuts and dang, they were so good! A cinnamon roll and an apple fritter.  Definitely was the perfect snack to break up a long, 10 hour drive across Michigan.  Sadly, this drive was not quite as pretty as the last drive, all of the leaves had fallen off the trees and it just looked so drab and dreary.  On the way back up, I finally started seeing patches of snow and it seems winter is here, and more than likely here to stay.  Time to start getting out my winter gear!

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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups of diced apples (I used gala but other types could work just as well)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of allspice

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized pot, combine all ingredients.
  2. Turn burner to medium heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the cranberries become soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Take pot off burner and serve once cooled.

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