Olive Garden Breadsticks

So, maybe you don’t want to know this recipe. It’s a guaranteed way to pack on a few pounds. These breadsticks are so delicious and taste almost exactly like the Olive Garden one’s you know so well. They’re also relatively simple. I’ve told myself I can only make them again when someone comes over to help me eat them. Anyone up for a visit?

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Olive Garden Breadsticks:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt

Seasoning:

  • 1/2 stick melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (Note – I thought this was too much. Next time I’ll do half the salt)
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.

  2. In separate bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to yeast mixture. Add melted butter. Mix with paddle attachment of stand mixer or wooden spoon until fully combined.

  3. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!

  4. Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour. (I like to heat my oven to 150, then turn it off…nice and warm for bread to rise in – they should double in size)

  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and once heated, pop in the bread sticks.

  6. Combine melted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine), garlic powder and salt.

  7. After bread sticks have cooked for 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake. Bake for 5-8 more minutes.

  8. Immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks (Also delicious with parmesan sprinkled on them). Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating.

  9. Say “Yum.”

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