Today I am so excited to share a very special guest with you all! I want to welcome Jen from The Misadventures of Mrs. B to This Chick Cooks! Her wonderful blog is full of tasty recipes and she shares lots of heartfelt stories. Please enjoy reading her delicious post about Olive Garden Bread Sticks here, and then head over and check out some more amazing recipes on her blog!
Hey, everyone! It’s so great to be here with Katie and with all of you. My name is Mrs. Jen B and you can find me over at The Misadventures of Mrs. B, where I talk about food and my love of it, work on sharpening my writing skills and try to keep my sense of humor through life’s ups and downs.
I feel that I have the privilege today sharing a truly life-changing recipe with all of you. I’m serious. The heavens will open and angels will weep with joy on your first bite.
Have you ever eaten at Olive Garden? Are you as addicted to their bread sticks as I am? What if I told you that you can make your own version whenever you want? True story. Here’s how to make it happen.
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
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered. Mixture should be frothy.
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. Knead dough for a few minutes just until dough is smooth. Do not overknead!
Grease a cookie sheet. Pull off pieces of dough and roll out into strips. Now, I tend to make pretty thick breadsticks so I normally end with around 10 or so, but I’m sure that if you rolled yours out more thinly you’d have at least a dozen.
Cover the dough and let sit in a warm place for 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and once heated, pop in the bread sticks. In microwave, combine the following:
1 stick unsalted butter (or 1/2 cup margarine)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons salt
After 6 or 7 minutes, brush the bread sticks with half the butter mixture. Then continue to bake. Honestly, I almost never leave them in there for an entire 15 minutes – normally it’s closer to 12 because I like them softer and less crisp on the outside, but to each their own. Either way, immediately upon removal from the oven brush the other half of the butter on the sticks.
Allow them to cool for a minute or two, and enjoy!
I hope you find the opportunity to make these for yourself one day really soon – they’re amazing.
Thanks again to Katie for having me here – come pay me a visit and find more recipes like the one I just shared with you.
Ok, I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and make some of these. I have a weakness for bread and these sound absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing your recipe, Jen!