Witch Finger Breadsticks

These eerie breadsticks, made with store-bought pizza dough, get their flavor from Italian seasoning and sesame seeds. Turning each rope of dough in the middle forms a gnarly finger knuckle which, paired with a green olive "nail," helps to create a haunting and delicious appetizer! By Arlyn Osborne for Food Network Kitchen
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

All-purpose flour, for dusting

1 pound refrigerated pizza dough, at room temperature

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

5 pimento-stuffed olives, halved lengthwise

1/2 cup store-bought marinara sauce, warmed, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Add the olive oil, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper to a small bowl and whisk to combine. 
  3. Lightly flour a work surface and divide the dough into 10 equal portions with a bench scraper or chef's knife. Roll each portion into a 10-inch rope. Twist each rope in the middle and arrange on the prepared baking sheets. (Each twist will look like a gnarly witch knuckle.) 
  4. Brush the breadsticks with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Firmly press an olive half on the end of each breadstick to stick to the dough. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with warm marinara sauce.
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