Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Almost Famous Breadsticks

I served these breadsticks alongside the "almost famous" garden salad on Mother's Day. These breadsticks are meant to be just like the ones served at Olive Garden. They were very zesty and buttery and the texture of the dough was just perfect. The recipe makes a very generous 16 big breadsticks. The whole batch was gone in no time at all. I grabbed two and wrapped them up for my husband so that he could have a chance to try them! Sometimes you gotta be sneaky like that : )

The best part about these breadsticks is that they are very quick since they only require a 45 minute rising period. There is no second rising which makes them much quicker to serve. I would like to share that the dough did not rise very much at all. In fact, when I removed my kitchen towel and looked at the dough I was scared. I thought maybe I had done something wrong and the dough had not rose. They were only slightly puffy but I decided to go ahead and bake them anyway. I was so happy when they turned out so great.

The only change I made to this recipe was adding more butter. How can you ever go wrong with more butter? I wanted them to be extra special for Mother's Day! The breadsticks are brushed with a melted butter and salt mixture before baking. When they come out of the oven they look so moist and you can see all that lovely salt glistening on the tops. Then you top them with more melted butter, garlic salt and I also added Italian seasoning. The recipe does not call for Italian seasoning but I think this greatly improved the taste of the breadstick. They were extremly flavorful and zesty. I'm so excited to share this quick and easy recipe for breadsticks. I really hope that someone will try it and let me know what they think.

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