String Cheese Sticks

String Cheese Sticks

11 ounces refrigerated bread stick dough
8 ounces string cheese
16 slices thinly sliced, deli-style hard salami
1/2 cup spaghetti sauce
1 beaten egg (optional)
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (optional)

Spray cooking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unroll dough; cut each bread stick in half. Fold each piece of dough in half, and press out to make a 1 1/2 x 4-inch rectangle. Cut each piece of string cheese in half to make 16 pieces, each 3-inches long. Roll one piece of hard salami over one stick of cheese. Place each cheese roll into middle of dough. Pull both ends up to meet in the center; stretch and pinch side of dough, covering completely, and pinching sides and ends to seal. Roll on table with palm of hand until fairly smooth, and no bare spots. Refrigerate for at least one hour before baking.

Just before serving, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. (Optional: Dip each stick in beaten egg, and roll in bread crumbs.) Place seam-side down on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with spaghetti or pizza sauce.

Yields 16 servings.

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