We all know the best thing about Olive Garden is their awesome soup and salad deal. For just a few dollars you can get unlimited breadsticks. Oops, I mean unlimited soup and salad. (We all know the breadsticks are where it’s at though.)
I had a friend who used to work at Olive Garden. On her first day she accidentally dumped an entire glass of soda on a customer’s lap. Times like these that I’m grateful I never worked in food service. That is so me. I prefer to dump food on people in the comfort of my own home.
Olive Garden Breadsticks
Source: Readable Eatables
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon salt (yes, tablespoon)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
4-5 cups flour
3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
For the dough, pour the water into a stand mixer with the sugar and yeast, and let that sit and froth for about 10 minutes. Add salt, butter, and 2 cups of flour. Mix the dough on low. Using the dough hook, add the rest of the flour a half cup at a time, until dough scrapes the sides of the bowl clean. Mix the dough about 5 minutes on medium speed, until it is soft and easy to work with.
Let the dough rest in the bowl (covered) until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Roll the dough out into a long log, spray a knife with cooking spray and cut the dough into 12-14 pieces. Roll those pieces into about 6 inch long snakes. Spray 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray, and lay the breadsticks out leaving about 2 inches between each one.
Place them in the oven and let them rise for about 15 minutes, or until doubled in size. (If you are not in a hurry, you could let them sit at room temperature until they are doubled in size and then proceed with the baking step.)
Once risen, brush them with the 1 1/2 T of melted butter and sprinkle them with salt. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake them for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. While they are baking combine the rest of the melted butter with 1 tsp garlic powder. When the breadsticks are golden brown, remove them from the oven and brush them with the butter/garlic mixture.