Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe
Enjoy your own homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks!
This is an awesome recipe to make Olive Garden breadsticks from scratch at home!
These beauties take more time to rise than my go-to breadsticks, but it is fun to change it up every once in a while.
All of the ingredients are quite simple – you could probably just whip these up today if you want to! Warm water, yeast, sugar, flour, salt, and oil.
I use instant yeast, but you can use active dry. You just need to let active dry yeast dissolve and proof before adding the flour.
Speaking of flour, I happen to have bread flour on hand right now, so that is what I used. Bread flour will provide a more chewy texture, but all-purpose flour will work fine as well.
Start with 3 cups of flour total and only add more if needed. The dough should pull away from the sides and bottom of the bowl while kneading. It will become smooth, elastic, and only slightly sticky. It will probably take about 7 minutes of kneading in the mixer. You can knead by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer, but plan for the kneading to take longer.
The dough is all ready to be covered and start rising!
I like to use a kitchen scale to ensure that each breadstick will be the same size. Uniform size means they look better and bake more evenly. You can eyeball it though if you want. You should get 12-13 breadsticks.
Tuck each dough piece into a ball (to help remove air bubbles and make it easier to roll evenly), then start rolling out the snakes. In case your play dough days are long gone and you are out-of-practice with the rolling, I find it helps to use two hands and gently stretch outward while you roll.
Side note: This homemade play dough is supposed to be awesome!
Yes, I even brought home some breadsticks from Olive Garden to make sure this recipe was on point. My verdict? No need to look further! This recipe is a fantastic copycat for Olive Garden breadsticks!
FYI: I heard that Olive Garden actually uses a frozen bread stick, then adds the topping. True? I don’t know. But I do know that Olive Garden uses margarine on top (I use butter though) and that palm oil is used in the dough.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.
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