I guess, everybody knows how delicious Olive Garden’s breadsticks are! I remember days when we used to go there and I ate just those with a little bit of my husband’s salad. That would fill me up for the day, but I ate a lot of them :)
They are so good I can’t stop eating them when we are there. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen often enough and many times we would eat our dinner at home thinking how great it would be to have those breadsticks on the table.
Those sad days won’t happen again, though. Thanks to The Country Cook - an awesome cooking blog, I got really easy recipe how to make them at home.
So far I’ve made them twice. The first time was a total failure. I followed directions from the original recipe and I know where I messed up. I didn’t do it the second time and they came out beautifully. Very fluffy.
I’m going to post here how I made them. Just a little bit different from Brandie from The Country Cook.
Ingredients are the same:
1 1/2 cups very warm water
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
Garlic Butter topping:
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon table salt
The first time I made them I used garlic bread sprinkle thinking that I’m using garlic powder. That was my first mistake. Imagine how salty they were! ugh!
In a bowl or a pot dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered until mixture is bubbly. In a different bowl combine flour and salt. Add yeast mixture and melted butter to flour mixture. Mix everything until fully combinde. I always use my hands but feel free to use mixer for that. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth and elastic. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Those strips will double in size so do not get crazy with the size of your strips. Arrange those strips on your baking sheet, cover it with light (in weight) kitchen cloth.
Let it rest in room temperature or in a warm place if you have one around the house for 2 hours or more.
Once they have doubled in size preheat your oven to 400F. Once it has reached temperature put your breadstick in the oven.
and in this place the difference between the original recipe ends. if you go through Brandie’s direction you’ll see the difference.
While they are baking, make butter topping.
Melt butter, add garlic powder and salt, stir until combined.
After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake for another 6-7 minutes. Immediately after removal from the oven, brush the other half of the butter on the sticks. Allow them to cool for a minute or two.
I baked them for a little bit longer so they got really crunchy from the inside!
That recipe makes enough breadsticks for 2 dinners for us. It means one wife, one husband and one kiddo who eats only 1 breadstick. For my first batch that was almost inedible I used only half of that dough. The rest of it I shaped in small sticks, put them into plastic bag earlier sprayed with cooking spray and I froze them. Few days later I took them out, put them onto a baking sheet, let them defrost and rise for about 5 hours.
After that they were ready to bake.
Really delicious! I’ll be making them much more often than we go to Olive Garden, that’s’ for sure :)