Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

Olive Garden Breadsticks
Olive Garden Breadsticks

How to make breadsticks - like breadsticks at olive garden?

Anyone who loves Olive Garden probably also a big fan of olive garden breadsticks. Served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain.

My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant, where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. 

Getting the bread just right for a good clone was tricky - I have tried for several different amounts of years in all-purpose flour, but then finally settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. 

I discovered that the two-stage rising process is also a crucial step to making the perfect Top Secret Recipe for these very popular soft olive garden breadsticks.

Below is a recipe for breadsticks from olive garden that taste very much like the authentic classic breadstick at olive garden.

Ingredients in olive garden breadsticks

2 Tbsp granulated sugar
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp warm
water (105 to 115 degrees F)
16 ounces bread flour (3 cups)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
On top:
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp garlic salt

- Tbsp (tablespoons)
- tsp (teaspoon)

Intruction olive garden breadsticks

  • Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or measuring cup and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it becomes foamy on top.
  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer to mix the softened butter into the flour. If you don't have a stand mixer, use a mixing spoon to combine the butter with the flour.
  • When the yeast mixture is foamy, pour it into the flour mixture and use a dough hook on your mixture to combine the ingredients and knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes. If you don't have a stand mixer, combine the ingredients and then knead the dough by hand on a countertop for 10 minutes.

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Place the dough in a covered container and let it sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until it doubles in size.

Olive Garden Breadsticks

When the dough has doubled, measure out 2-ounce portions and roll the dough between your hands or on a countertop to form sticks that are 7 inches long. 

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Place the dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheets, cover and set aside for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the dough doubles in size once again.

Olive Garden Breadsticks

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the breadsticks for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

When the breadsticks come out of the oven, immediately brush each one with melted butter and sprinkle with a little garlic salt.

Olive Garden Breadsticks

You can make this recipe breadsticks olive garden with frozen bread dough.
Thaw and bring to room temperature. 
Set the dough aside for its first rising, and proceed with the recipe.
Using bread flour rather than all-purpose flour makes a recipe that more closely matches the Olive Garden breadstick recipe, but if you do not have bread flour, use all purpose flour.

Main Ingredients: Sugar, Dry Yeast, Bread Flour, Garlic Salt

Things You'll Need:- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper
- Oven
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Small bowl
- Mixing bowl
- Stand mixer w/paddle and dough hook attachments
- Plastic wrap
- Mixing spoon

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