Stop laughing. Yes, I realize that this looks nothing like a TIE Fighter. Trust me, I really did try to get it to look like that iconic shape. Alas, by the time I think I figured out how to make it look like the photo in the book, I was done shaping all my breadsticks. Instead I got what looks like...well, lets just say Mr. L was laughing hysterically and making all sorts of 9 year old boy jokes about body functions.
I honestly did have trouble figuring out exactly what the directions wanted me to do with the dough. I chalked it up to those child safe caps on medicine bottles. As an adult I can't get them off but a child can figure it out in about two seconds. Sigh. Check out my notes in the recipe to figure out what I mean.
Please don't let that stop you and your kids from getting the Star Wars Cookbook and trying to make these TIE Fighter Ties. It was kinda fun to try to put them together and the taste is, well, sort of like pigs in a blanket. Sausage and bread. Worked for me (and Mr. L once he could get up off the floor from laughing so hard). I'm thinking that when Nathaniel gets to making these TIE Fighter Ties on his Cooking My Way Through the Star Wars Galaxy Blog, he'll do a much better job!
TIE FIGHTER TIES
4 pre-cooked sausages or hot dogs, approximately 5-inches long
1 package refrigerator breadsticks (8 breadsticks)
Ketchup and Mustard
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut sausages in half crosswise. Set Aside.
Open the package of breadsticks and separate the lengths of the dough.
Cut the lengths in half and set aside. You should have 16 lengths of dough when you are finished.
Place one sausage half, cut-side down, on a baking sheet.
Take 1 length of dough and wrap it around the base of the sausage half. Cross the ends and let them fall on the baking sheet in the form of a letter V. Using another length of dough, wrap the same sausage in the opposite direction. Cross the ends and let them fall in the form of an upside-down V. Repeat with remaining dough and sausage halves.
Bake according to breadstick package directions, or until dough puffs up and turns golden brown.
Using pot holders, remove from the oven. Serve with ketchup and mustard.
Makes 8 TIE Fighter Ties.
Note: I used frozen packaged pork breakfast sausages that were about 3 inches in length.
Note: I used Pillsbury Refrigerator Breadsticks that made 12.
Note: So the directions say 5" sausages cut in half. Which I figured meant I needed about 2 1/2 slices of sausage. What's a person do do when what you have is 3" sausage to start with? You cut half an inch off, heat up the little tidbits and serve them to your husband as an appetizer. He did not object.
Note: The directions to "take the sausage and put it cut side down"...what...is this a test? Because most of my sausages refused to stand on end and if they didn't slant sideways, completely toppled over. I know, I know, I needed a neighbors child to do this so they would stand up straight. Frustrating little sausages.
Note: Forming the dough around the sausages. Hmm...I'm going to assume that maybe the breadsticks they used were different than mine. Mine were somewhat flat and certainly not long enough to go around the sausages and make a pretty V. The first ones were horribly flat and so not even close to a TIE Fighter. I ended up actually taking the dough and rolling it a bit to form a cylinder and to make it long enough to look decent. And then if you leave it in a "V" you kinda get whats pictured above. You need to bend the dough in a bit to make that TIE Fighter shape. Use the photo in the cookbook to guide you Luke.
Note: Alas, the top of my breadsticks were barely browned, while the bottom almost burnt.
We didn't serve with ketchup and mustard. Actually, we kinda did a little butter thing with these. And, well, we ate them all up. All twelve (because I used the whole package of sausage and breadsticks). And you know what. We enjoyed every minute of it. Alas, I had no Star Wars action figures to serve and take photos with (which by the way, doesn't mean that said action figures or replicas of certain spacecraft don't exist in this household somewhere). Maybe when I make those Wookie Cookies.....
If you do try to make these you'll probably need to work with the dough a bit to make it into a shape that somewhat resembles a TIE Fighter. But don't worry if they all look like unmentionables since they'll taste good anyway.