Feta and pesto bread-stick twists

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20 min


16 twists

* PLUS Baking Time: 13 minutes
Feta and pesto bread-stick twists

Andreas Trauttmansdorff


  • vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta
  • 2 tbsp store-bought or homemade pesto
  • 311-g pkg Italian soft bread sticks , such as Pillsbury


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly spray or oil a rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, stir feta with pesto. Remove bread-stick dough from package. Gently unroll on a large cutting board. Using a sharp knife, slice dough along pre-marked lines and separate.
  • Using your fingers, completely flatten strips. Spread about 2 tsp (10 mL) feta-pesto mixture over each strip. Fold dough in half lengthwise, then press together. It’s OK if some of filling leaks out from edges.
  • Working with one piece at a time, stretch stick lengthwise into a piece about 12 inches (30 cm) long. Cut in half to make 2 sticks. Twist ends of each stick in opposite directions to create a twirled effect. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strips. Bake in centre of preheated oven until golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Great warm or at room temperature. Bread sticks will keep well, stored in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 69,
  • Protein
  • 2 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.6 g,
  • Fat
  • 2.3 g,
  • Sodium
  • 192 mg.

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