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Pizza Skewers with Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce

pizza skewers recipeI love when good things happen to good people, don’t you? Matt Armendariz is someone that inspired me to start this little food blog. His photography is beautiful, his zest for life contagious, and he is a really witty and charming writer. Not to mention that he is married to a food stylist, so his sets and props are simply amazing. His blog pushed me to create beautiful and simple pictures and to write from my heart. Matt recently had his first cookbook published, On A Stick, and I could not be happier for someone if I tried.

This book is a love letter to all foods that happen to find themselves on a stick. Who knew that spaghetti and meatballs belonged on a stick? I am game, are you? Chicken and waffles? Brilliant! This book was created for me because I hate to get my hands dirty when I eat. How fun would a party be featuring all foods on a stick? Everything is more fun when served on a stick, don’t you agree?

I decided to try the pizza skewers first because my oldest son was leafing through the book and thought that it was the best idea that he has ever heard of. I was the coolest mom ever (for a very brief moment, you know how fickle children are) when that evening, he was served the recipe that he oohed and ahhed over that morning. Really though, it was the most fun dinner we have had in awhile. Eating something that we normally eat in a new and different way really is amusing. My baby, asked for “pisa pop” for the next 5 meals.

I made a pesto version as well and it was divine. I am thinking that at my next birthday party, that we do a few versions. Some normal kid ones, but also some more grown up pizza skewers. Maybe a prosciutto, arugula, and blue cheese one or some really fancy dipping sauces, like a puttanesca. Grab this book and be prepared to have fun. And then really, really, want to throw a cocktail party in the near future.

pizza skewers recipeskewers (I found corn dogs skewers that were sturdier and worked perfectly)
1/2 cup flour for rolling
pizza dough (I used 2 Trader Joe’s premade crusts)
1 jar pizza sauce
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
2 sticks butter
1/4 cup garlic cloves minced

pizza skewers recipeRoll out your pizza dough into a 12-inch square. Mine is not so much a 12-inch square, but you get the idea. Spread some pizza sauce and cover with cheese.

pizza skewers recipeRoll the pizza just like you would a cinnamon roll.

pizza skewers recipeCut the log into 1-inch slices and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment.

pizza skewers recipeBake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 minutes. Take the pizza rolls out and top with another spoonful of sauce and some extra cheese. Matt mixes his leftover sauce and cheese together, but I did not follow directions. Bad girl. Put the pizza rolls back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is golden.

pizza skewers recipeSee those brown bits of cheese on the cookie sheet? Yeah, I’ll fight you for them.

pizza skewers recipeYou want to try the pesto version? Just swap out prepared pesto for spaghetti sauce. And no, you still cannot have any of the burnt cheese bits. All mine.

pizza skewers recipeInsert a skewer and you are in business. My house smelled so garlicky that I was distracted and forgot to take a picture of the garlic butter sauce. Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan until it melts. Pour the butter through a fine mesh sieve and throw the solids away. Put the butter back into the saucepan and add the minced garlic. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

pizza skewers recipeI also served mine with ranch and extra red sauce.

pizza skewers recipeThis dude was in heaven.

pizza skewers recipeHis mother probably should have rethought the white shirt.

pizza skewers recipeI know that the idea of Matt’s book is really for parties, but it got me thinking, I could probably get my kids to eat just about anything if it is on a stick. Thanks for the ideas Matt, here is to getting my kids to eat more fruit!

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Pizza Skewers with Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce


Ingredients

  • skewers (I found corn dogs skewers that were sturdier and worked perfectly)
  • 1/2 cup flour for rolling
  • pizza dough (I used 2 Trader Joe’s premade crusts)
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1/4 cup garlic cloves minced

Instructions

  1. Roll out your pizza dough into a 12-inch square. Mine is not so much a 12-inch square, but you get the idea. Spread some pizza sauce and cover with cheese.
  2. Roll the pizza just like you would a cinnamon roll.
  3. Cut the log into 1-inch slices and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment.
  4. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for 12 minutes. Take the pizza rolls out and top with another spoonful of sauce and some extra cheese. Matt mixes his leftover sauce and cheese together, but I did not follow directions. Bad girl. Put the pizza rolls back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is golden.
  5. You want to try the pesto version? Just swap out prepared pesto for spaghetti sauce.
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  1. Daca

    May 26th, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. I never thought that pizza can be served like this. It’s simply perfect for kids.
    I personally love garlic so I believe they have really great taste. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  2. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Me neither, but they are delicious and super fun.

  3. Marie

    May 26th, 2011 at 6:23 am

    This looks fantastic! I know my boys will love it….may have to try it tomorrow night =)

  4. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    let me know what they think!

  5. Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    May 26th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    So much fun! Everyone loves food on a stick!!

  6. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    yes, they really, really do. Me included.

  7. Mandy M

    May 26th, 2011 at 7:17 am

    These look sooo good! I can’t wait to try them out. I’m not sure where to find corndog sticks, but I’ll keep my eyes open for them. Thanks for sharing!

  8. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I got them at Michaels I think. You could use a lollipop stick too.

  9. Alexis @ persia lou

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Genius! I love the idea of rolling pizza up like a cinnamon roll, but then put a stick in it too? Awesome. I have to check this book out.

  10. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    You will love it. These were delicious.

  11. jenna

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    how fun!!! 🙂 these look great! i bet your little ones loved these!

  12. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    they did Jenna! Wouldn’t you if you were 7?

  13. Paula at Dishing The Divine

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    How fun!!!!! This is awesome! 🙂 We often have theme parties at our house (chocolates, coffees, ice creams… the list goes on). An “on a stick” party would be awesome! 🙂

  14. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I love a theme. On a Stick would be great.

  15. Natasha

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    All I can say is, YUM!!

  16. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Yum is indeed correct. 🙂

  17. Barbara Bakes

    May 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    How fun! Those are some happy little boys. I got this gorgeous book too and am planning food on a stick for Memorial Day.

  18. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Can I come to your party Barbara? I love this book. The mango on a stick is so good! I forgot all about it until I saw it in the book.

  19. emily @ the happy home

    May 26th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    as a vegetarian, i think i lose out on lots of sticked food. but this? totally awesome. could you imagine a display of pizza pops next to cake pops? child heaven!

  20. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    ow cute would that be? Good idea Emily.

  21. louisabellissima

    May 26th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, what a lovely idea! It looks like so much fun!

  22. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    So much fun!

  23. Kerri

    May 26th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    This is so cute. My son’s 4th birthday is coming up, and this would be great for his party!

  24. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Perfect for a 4t birthday party. My kids loved this and have asked for them every day since.

  25. Gloria

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    What a great idea! All things are definitely better on a stick.

  26. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    it is a great idea, wish that I came up with it.

  27. Marissa

    May 26th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Wow- These sure do look amazing! I can’t wait to try this one- love all your recipes! 🙂

    -Marissa

  28. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    thank you Marissa. I cannot take credit for this one, it was all Matt.

  29. Heidi / foodiecrush

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Super cute execution from Matt’s cookbook, and LOVE the photos, especially of the boys. Great alternative to chicken nuggets. 🙂

  30. bakedbree

    May 26th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    thank you Heidi! It is a super fun book.

  31. rocky@travel to india

    May 27th, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Yummy , I totally speechless on this mouth watering recipe and right now i am thinking only that thing i can’t patience any more. Only i want to eat it as soon as possible.

  32. bakedbree

    May 28th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    thanks Rocky!

  33. The Café Sucré Farine

    May 27th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Not sure which is cuter the pizza or your children! Seriously, these look amazing. I’m imaging a few of them propped up on a lovely salad!

  34. bakedbree

    May 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    thank you! That is a great idea to serve these with a salad. Yum.

  35. Kate

    May 27th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Love, love, LOVE this idea! What a clever way to serve pizza – fantastic appetizer idea! Can’t wait to try this. Happy Memorial Day!

  36. bakedbree

    May 28th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Thank you Kate! Happy Memorial Day to you too.

  37. marla

    May 29th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Yay Bree! These are soooo fun. Go girl go & you are the coolest mom. Matt is an amazing inspiration. Yes indeed. Have a great weekend.

  38. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    thanks Marla! He is amazing and such a nice person. It is nice to see good things happen to nice people.

  39. Diane {Created by Diane}

    May 29th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Looks great, I love food on a stick! Hope you are doing well, I’m sure you are so busy with the move!

  40. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    these were super fun. We are doing well. Crazy busy, but good. Thanks for asking.

  41. Leslie

    May 29th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    These look amazing!! We don’t have a Trader Joe’s out in west texas – can you usually get pizza dough at a regular store? Your site is amazing!!!

  42. bakedbree

    May 29th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Yes, or you can the kind in the Pillsbury section of the grocery store.

  43. Leslie

    May 30th, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Thanks!! Wouldn’t have thought of that!! On my groc list this week!!

  44. bakedbree

    May 30th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    me neither, thanks Matt!

  45. Kim

    May 30th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I think it’s wonderful that Matt was part of your blog’s beginning. For me, it was Todd and Diane. I even wrote them an email with the title “I want to start a recipe blog,” and they actually wrote back with words of encouragement! And from those beginnings…

    Beautiful stix!

    [K]

  46. bakedbree

    May 30th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Isn’t it nice when people are really helpful and encouraging? It really makes a difference and helped me get on my way. I am glad that Diane and Todd did that for you too.

  47. Bree

    May 31st, 2011 at 10:30 am

    What a grand idea! I saw your blog on another one and loved that you were also a Bree-With beautiful recipes, by the way!

  48. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Hello Bree! Thank you, I hope that you will come back again.

  49. Ruthanne

    May 31st, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Oh no you didn’t . . .

    seriously, girl?

    I would like to put my application in to be your kitchen assistant. The one who taste tests everything.

    Mmkay?

  50. bakedbree

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Come on over! I get more compliments on my camera strap. Every where I go, people ask me about it. I love it!!

  51. Ruthanne

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    imma gonna lift one of these pictures to share on what i’m crushin’ on . . . . please come arrest me.

  52. bakedbree

    June 8th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    By all means! Thanks for crushin’ on me!

  53. Kristina Vanni

    June 12th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    These are so creative! I am totally in love with the idea of pizza on-a-stick!

  54. bakedbree

    June 14th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    my kids loved it. really fun!

  55. Amber

    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I am going to make this for my girls today for an after school snack. I think they will love it. It looks so good.

  56. bakedbree

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Your girls are lucky! What a fun after school snack.

  57. Melissa

    September 10th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Bree,
    I just made these pizza bites for my hubby and kids. They loved them. I made both the pizza sauce based version and the pesto version. Both were delicious. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea. This fun version of pizza will definitely make repeated appearances on our pizza nights. Thanks for the sharing the recipe.
    Melissa

  58. bakedbree

    September 11th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Aren’t they fun? My kids (and I) love them too.

  59. Steve

    October 25th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Awesome! I’ve never seen anything like these pizza skewers. What an awesome idea for parties. Thanks for the great recipe!! Steve.

  60. bakedbree

    October 29th, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    you are welcome Steve.

  61. Crystal

    January 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Bree,

    I love your blog!! I made these on Saturday evening with some herbed dough from Trader Joes, marinara, mozzarella, an asiago, parm, romano mix, and some pepperoni….it was 2 DIE!!!! LOVE this recipe!!!

  62. bakedbree

    January 23rd, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you Crystal! That sounds delicious, I am all of the sudden very hungry.

  63. Ferna

    August 8th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Hola me encanto la idea, pero revisando bien la receta, en que momento se agrega las dos barras de mantequilla a la pizza???

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