My favorite thing at the Olive Garden is the salad and breadsticks. I usually fill up on these two things, and then have a hard time eating any pasta. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and couldn’t pass it up. It took a little time and effort to make these, but they were worth it. I thought they were really good. I loved the buttery, garlicky topping….just like Olive Gardens.
Copy Cat Olive Garden Breadsticks
Source: Readable Eatables
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs yeast
1 Tbs salt
2 Tbs butter, softened
4-5 Cups flour
3 Tbs butter melted
1 tsp garlic powder
For the dough: Pour water, yeast, and sugar into a stand mixer and let rest about 10 minutes; until frothy. Add salt, butter, and 2 cups of flour; mix on low. Add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time, until dough scrapes the sides of the bowl clean. Mix dough on medium speed about 5 minutes, until it is soft and easy to work with.
Let the dough rest in the bowl until doubled in size, about one hour. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a long log shape. Take a knife (coated with cooking spray), and cut log into 12-14 pieces. Roll each one of the pieces into 6 inch long snakes. Spray two large cookie sheets with cooking spray, and place the snakes 2 inches apart. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Place breadsticks into oven and let rise, until doubled in size; about 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
Turn oven up to 400 degrees. Brush breadsticks with 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with the remaining butter/garlic powder. I doubled the butter/garlic powder for mine.