I’ve mentioned before that while I’m not always a huge fan of Olive Garden’s pasta dishes, I love their unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks! I can easily fill up on their chicken gnocchi soup, using the breadsticks to scrape the bowl clean. When I came across this copycat recipe on pinterest, I knew I needed to give it a try, seeing how everyone goes bonkers over their breadsticks. As with most copycat recipes, it wasn’t an exact replica, but it came very close! These breadsticks are soft, and the butter garlic glaze that you brush on top is really what makes them taste like Olive Garden. Breadsticks were a nice change from the garlic bread that I usually serve alongside pasta dishes.
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Yields: 12 breadsticks
1 1/2 cups warm water (between 110 – 120 degrees F)
1 package active dry yeast
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes until foamy. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt. With the mixer on low, with the paddle attachment, add the yeast mixture and melted butter. Mix until fully combined.
Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until smooth. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and cut into 12 equal pieces. Using both hands, roll into logs that are about 10 inches long. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, bake you breadsticks for about 6 minutes. While your breadsticks bake, melt the butter for the glaze, then stir in the garlic powder and salt. Use a pastry brush to brush the breadsticks with half of the butter garlic glaze, then return to the oven for another 6-9 minutes. (12-15 minutes total). After removing them from the oven, brush with the remaining butter garlic glaze.
Source: Full Bellies, Happy Kids