Air Fryer Breadsticks
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Air Fryer Breadsticks

What are Air Fryer Breadsticks?

These are not simply frozen breadsticks, popped in the air fryer, and then served as “homemade.”  These breadsticks have a homemade dough and fresh toppings.  The taste is SO much better than anything pre-made.  You will never want a frozen breadstick again!

What are the ingredients for Air Fryer Breadsticks?

First you will need the ingredients for the dough.  For that you will need:

  • Active dry yeast (regular, active dry yeast, not instant/or rapid rise)
  • Brown sugar (either light or dark will work just fine, so just use whatever you have on hand).
  • Warm water
  • All purpose flour
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (you could substitute shredded mozzarella or pepperjack if that is your preference or what you happen to have on hand).
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

For the toppings you will need:

  • Olive oil spray (or other cooking spray of your choice)
  • Deli white American cheese.  I really do not suggest substituting this ingredient as I feel this is the best cheese for these breadsticks and gives the best overall flavor.  It seems like an unusual choice, but trust me, this is the “secret ingredient” that really makes these breadsticks work.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (I prefer this option; however, you could substitute shredded mozzarella cheese if that is your preference).
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt

How do I make Air Fryer Breadsticks?

  • Begin by proofing the yeast.  Do so by combining the yeast with the brown sugar and the warm water.  Lightly stir to combine and allow the yeast to rest until it becomes foamy.
  • Once the yeast is prepared, add the flour, cheddar cheese, olive oil and salt and mix well.  Knead gently until a smooth dough forms adding a small amount of additional flour only if needed to not be too sticky.
  • Place the dough ball aside in a large bowl and seal to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the size of your air fryer shelf.  Spread the dough out on the sheet to ¼” thickness.  Lightly cover the dough and allow it to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Use your fingers to make divots all over the dough.  Spray with the olive oil spray.  Sprinkle with the shredded American cheese and the cheddar cheese.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
  • Preheat the air fryer and then air fry the breadsticks for 8 minutes.  
  • Slice and serve warm, alone or with your choice of dipping sauce.

What are some great dishes to serve with Air Fryer Breadsticks?

Air Fryer Breadsticks

Air Fryer Breadsticks

Ingredients
  

  • FOR THE DOUGH
  • 1 ⅛ teaspoon active dry yeast half a standard packet
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • ¾-1 cups warm water
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • FOR THE TOPPING
  • Olive oil spray
  • 3 slices deli American cheese
  • ½- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½- ¾ teaspoons kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine the yeast, brown sugar and water in a large bowl. Lightly mix and set aside until the yeast becomes foamy, 5-10 minutes.
  • Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms. Place the dough in a large bowl and lightly seal with a lid or plastic wrap. Allow to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • Spread the dough out on a sheet of parchment paper and spread to approximately ¼” thick. (make sure the size you roll out will fit in your air fryer basket, make multiple sheets if needed). Cover lightly and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes.
  • Use your fingers to make divots all around the dough. Spray with the olive oil spray. Sprinkle with the shredded American cheese and the cheddar. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 360. Air fry for 8 minutes or until dough is browned and cooked through.
  • Slice in your desired size and serve warm.

Notes

If your air fryer does not have a shelf, be sure to use perforated parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer to allow the air to circulate.
Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to use multiple sheets of dough.

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