Thursday, January 28, 2010

Italian Bread Sticks

These bread sticks taste a little bit like Olive Garden's breadsticks (though they're not a clone) and in my opinion that's a good thing! I found a similar recipe online when I first developed an interest in cooking and sort of tweaked it a little over the years. They smell so good baking in the oven that your family will be waiting at the table before it's even set!

  • You can find frozen bread dough near at most grocery stores, it's usually near (frozen) garlic bread and dinner rolls. They often come in a package of 3 loaves, though you only need 1 for this recipe.
  • You may have some of the seasoning mixture leftover, don't feel like you have to use it all. A dusting is all they really need.
  • For this particular recipe I use the kind of parmesan cheese that comes in a green can (like Kraft). Normally I use fresh parmesan  when cooking but for this recipe the "powdered" kind works best.

Italian Bread Sticks

1 loaf frozen bread dough

4 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Garlic powder
1 tablespoon Oregano (dried)
2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese

Let bread dough thaw to room temperature. Lightly coat your hands/fingers with cooking spray and shape dough into 8 cigar sized pieces (you may need to knead the dough a little first to make it more pliable).
On a greased cookie sheet, place the bread sticks a few inches apart. Let them rise in warm place until doubled  in size (1-2 hours).  In a small bowl combine the garlic powder, oregano and Parmesan cheese. Toss together until mixture is blended.
Lightly brush the top and sides of each bread stick with olive oil and then sprinkle with a dusting of the seasoning mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.


Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

Love the idea you made these your own - instead of a clone! They look yummy! Thanks for stopping by - and for your very sweet comment about my glasses. I appreciate you.

Velva said...

Breadsticks are wonderful! Your Italian breadsticks sound fabulous. If they are even close to tasting llike Olive Gardens, then you know it's good.

Chef Aimee said...

Oh these would go great with spaghetti! :)

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