Okay, first off: I'm the worst food photographer in the entire world. I snapped this before my camera died and 1/3 of the way through eating. It's blurry. It's messy. But it was yummy! So on the with blog post.
I had a craving for bread sticks. Buttery, parmesan-covered breadsticks. With marinara dipping sauce. But there were several problems with my craving. 1) I didn't want to leave the apartment. It's ten(ish) degrees out there. It's nice and cozy in here. So pick-up and grocery shopping are out of the picture. 2) Ordering bread sticks for one isn't entirely budget-friendly. I'm trying to spend less and save more. So ordering bread sticks delivery on a whim is unfeasible. (And you usually have to order above a certain dollar amount before they'll deliver. Like I said, this girl is staying in and out of the cold.) 3) I don't know the facts, but I'm pretty sure pizza place bread sticks aren't so good for you. And I am trying to be more conscious of what I eat.
So I had to come up with a creative solution. A while back, I was curious and Googled Depression-era recipes. (Just one of those random searches I come up with during the day.) I came across a recipe for Poor Man's Bread. I tried it that night and found it to be surprisingly good. Tonight, I searched high and low but could not find that exact recipe. Luckily, I remembered most of it. And I decided to attempt bread sticks with it. ;)
The recipe calls for 1 cup flour, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. You mix it, pour it into a frying pan, and basically treat it like a pancake. Flip it every so often until both sides become golden brown. It becomes a sort of... well, flat-bread.
The 1 cup mixture is just too much for me to eat alone. So I cut the recipe in half. I also tossed in some oregano, basil, garlic, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan-Romano grated cheese. When it was finished in the skillet, I buttered the top and sprinkled more cheese over it. I sliced it into strips with a pizza cutter and squeezed some pizza sauce onto the side of the plate. Voila! Bread sticks in less than ten minutes!
I was a little weary that the sticks would disappointment me. The bread is a very flat type and I wasn't sure if it was cut out for the pizza sauce. But I found myself pleasantly surprised! They were delicious and hit the spot! (So I won't have to be ordering in or hitting up the grocery store on this freezing evening.) The herbs I threw in made all the difference and next time I'll add more herbs and cheese.
Now I'm thinking about all the other things I can do with Poor Man's Bread!
If you try this, let me know! :)