Sunday, August 30, 2009

Crunchy Thai Pizza Dipping Sticks


Photographed by my sister-in-law
SAUCE
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sodium free chicken bouillon
½ teaspoon hot red chili sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/8 cup cilantro, chopped
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup sugar
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup water

CRUNCHY TOPPING
2 ½ cups salted peanuts
5 tablespoons butter, melted

FILLING
2 (13.8-oz.) refrigerated pizza crust’s
16 string cheese sticks, unwrapped and cut in half lengthwise
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium chicken breast, cut into strips
¾ cup green onions, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
¾ cup broccoli, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 ½ cups bottled roasted red peppers, chopped
3 tablespoons juice from roasted red pepper bottle

Heat oven to 400º F. Grease 2 large cookie sheets. In a blender combine all sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into microwave-safe container; set aside. In a food processor chop the peanuts until finely chopped; set aside. In large skillet, cook the olive oil, chicken, onions, green peppers, broccoli, and garlic salt over medium heat until chicken is completely cooked. Stir in red peppers and red pepper juice. Cook for two more minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

On a lightly floured surface roll pizza crusts into 12×18 inch rectangles. Cut each rectangle into quarters. Cut each quarter in half width-wise forming 16 6×4.5 inch rectangles. Divide the filling between each rectangle, placing it in a line parallel with the short side of each piece. Place two string cheese sticks parallel with the pizza filling on each rectangle. Fold rectangles over bringing the short ends together. Pinch sides closed. Dip in butter and then coat in peanuts. Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 400º F. for 17-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Heat dipping sauce in microwave and serve with warm pizza.

Yield: 8 servings (2 pizza sticks per serving)

*This was entered into the Pillsbury Bake-off years ago.  My sister-in-law recently made it and had issues with getting the shape to resemble sticks.  So best of luck!  If you make this be creative and form your thai pizzas into what ever shape tickles your fancy!

1 comment:

Rachelle said...

Delicious recipe!! I thought the peanut sauce was about the best I've ever had -- I keep using it at lunch every day as a dipping sauce for my veggies because I can't get enough. The filling is very tasty; I love the combination of vegetables.

The only difficulty we had in making the recipe was in forming the sticks and keeping them together well enough to roll in the butter and peanuts.. So after a few tries we just started thinking of them as mini calzones. We'd form the calzones and leave them seem-side up on the cookie sheets, brush with butter, then sprinkle peanuts on top. (We ended up only using half the peanuts this way.) Even like this, some held together well enough after baking to use as dipping sticks, but some had to just have sauce poured on top. Maybe we're just not very skilled?

Anyway, delicious!