I noticed when I toured ALDI last fall that they now carry fresh pizza dough, similar to what you'd find at Trader Joe's. At $.99, it's an affordable start to a creative meal. For this particular Sunday Dinner, I bought several and split them each in half so everyone in tow could create their own custom pizzas. It was a lot of fun and if people didn't like their pizza, it was on them.
For an appetizer, I was thinking breadsticks or Texas toast, both of which are at least $5 at the store. Instead, I used items I had on hand and served these breadsticks with chunky marinara. That means I got an appetizer for right around $2, and it looked pretty awesome too.
A word about the method - I found it easiest to mix the Parmesan cheese and butter, then smooth it over the dough. Also, parchment paper is very helpful, because then you can slide your entire masterpiece into the oven without a lot of fuss.
Easy Cheesy Pizza Dough Breadsticks Recipe
1 portion of premade pizza dough
2 Tablespoons softened butter
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 500 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, preheat it as well. If not, place a baking sheet upside down in the oven to create a flat surface.
Stretch your pizza dough out and form it into a large rectangle. I found it easiest to put the dough onto parchment paper after it's a big rectangle. Mix together the butter, garlic powder, basil and Parmesan. Brush over the bread, then sprinkle on mozzarella. Add salt and pepper if you please. Bake for eight minutes or until golden brown/ Let it rest for a few minutes out of the oven, then use a sharp knife to cut into breadsticks. Serve with either herbed olive oil or red sauce.